Released: 2005, Nuclear Blast
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Ektomorf was founded by the Farkas brothers, originally from Hungary back in ‘94 and soon became well known in the underground scene. Their debut HANGOK came in 1996 and the album was a mix of hardcore/metal and above all Romantic folk (?). With that album they earned a loyal fanbase in Hungary. Their second self-titled album was unleashed ‘98 and in 2000 came KALYI JAG which means BLACK FIRE. It was on that album the band was gifted with a new drummer in József.
The guys have been out on the road with Pro Pain and Fear Factory and their biggest successes by far were the festival shows during ‘04 when they played at With Full Force, Wacken, Rock am Ring and Rock in Park amongst others.
At the end of ‘03 Ektomorf went to Denmark and the well known studio Antfarm and worked with producer Tue Madsen (Mnemic, The Haunted, Disbelief, Illdisposed etc) on what later became DESTROY that came last year. On INSTINCT have the band returned to Antfarm and once again used Tue as producer.
Ektomorf is listed as thrash/metal/hardcore and if you read further on down in the bio it says “Tight drumming and bass licks will crumble the foundation of any building together with the thunder storms of grueling tramping riffs, energetic lead melodies and aggressive punk influences” who the hell writes these bios one can wonder when you’ve read this one. It also says “Ektomorf managed to sound like Sepultura, Soulfly and Slayer”.
And when you put on the album you can actually think that it’s Sepultura or Soulfly that’s playing ‘cause Ektomorf sounds almost exactly like Sepultura. Zoltán on vocal and lead guitar sounds incredibly like Max Cavalera and the music sounds like Soulfly or like Sepultura did around the release of ARISE and CHAOS A.D.
Zoltán sings exactly in the same way that Max did during the early Sepultura days both vocal wise and in the same bad English Max sang back in the late 80’s, early 90’s. I can agree with the similarities with old school ‘90’s thrash metal but I can’t hear any punk or hardcore influences whatsoever. It also seems like they have written about similar subjects like Sepultura and Soulfly in their lyrics, just take a look at the titles.
Ektomorf consists of 4 members, Zoltán, Csaba, Tamas and József and they run through 12 tracks on INSTINCT. My impression of the album is that they have a lot of ability and ideas but they don’t know where to put it, so instead of making something unique and something of their own they’re simply copying another band and hope for the best.
But there is something positive about this album and that’s, of course, the brilliant production by Tue Madsen. He’s created a heavy/hard/aggressive and brutal soundpicture with a lot of space for riffing guitars and lead vocals. I supposed that they were eager to try to have a production identical with Sepultura but fortunately had Tue the good taste to update Ektomorfs soundpicture for the 21st century.
I think that this band have a lot of question marks to solve before they try to take on the world and instead of buying a rip off make sure to invest in the real deal instead. Even the cover looks like a Soulfly cover and maybe they should focus on being a tribute band to Sepultura and call themselves Sepulnation or something witty like that.
Instead of listening to this album another time in order of trying to find out any killer tracks I think I’ll lay back and listen to ARISE with Sepultura instead of wasting any more of my time. And if they have sounded like this on their earlier albums I’m glad that I haven’t heard them before.