X-act is back. So is Zoth Ommog. Neither of these comebacks impresses me, though. Especially the X-act one.
Their 1996 debut "No Matter" was a pretty uninspired electropop accomplishment, with rare rays of hope in between. The usual story, in other words. "Three" is a move into more common synthpop, without the harsh shading of their first release. It's been said before and will be said again, but once more it's the vocals, pronunciation and the terrible lyrics that sink the X-act ship. The vocals are no catastrophe, but they are way too dominant. "Endless Dream" may work on the dance floor, as well as a few other songs, but X-act is still a band in need of refreshment. It's too much of simple basics and the songs seldom hold water.