Ektomorf – Retribution
Release Date: January 31, 2014
We all know how a song is identified to be a metal song; it’s the riff that says it all. Groove metal is a genre that focuses highly on the groovtastic riffage, which the guitarist comes up with. Ektomorf is one such groove metal band, from Hungary. Formed in 1994, the band has only one remaining original member, the founding member himself, Zoltan Farkas. I have always known Ektomorf to be one of those bands that are so hard-working, and up from scratch, that I feel they really do deserve more limelight than what they have received so far.
Retribution marks the band’s ninth record. The best aspect of this Ektomorf is that they come up with solid full-lengths, relentlessly enough to stay put in the scene. This record consists of a marathon 14 tracks that start off with “You Can’t Control Me”. The first song will give you a rough idea that Zoltan is surely the brainchild behind the whole band, the backbone of it all. The riffs play tricks on your ears, with Zoltan’s rancid, fast-paced growls. While the bass and the drumming sounds impressive, the guitars reign for sure in this appetizer of a track, with a breakdown at the interlude.
The album never fails to impress and the guitar work alone will blow your mind, at the very least. The songs “Ten Plagues”, the inspiring “Face Your Fears”, “Watch Me” and “Mass Ignorance” are riff rampages.
But there is another side to Ektomorf. This isn’t just another generic groove metal band that sounds like Sepultura, rather one of those metal bands that unveils their mellow side too. Tracks like, “Lost and Destroyed”, “Save Me”, and “Collapsed Bridge” are good examples. While the guitars by far lead the way, the bass and the drums show glimpses of awesomeness in the haunting, “Escape”, and in the fun, fast and rapid, “Who the Fuck are You?”
My favorite track off this almost flawless album, is “Whisper”, that sums up the band’s profound, yet hard-hitting style quite perfectly. In an album that excels both musically and lyrically, this six-minute track easily sums up this wonderful journey. Ektomorf is a band that is doing pretty much everything they need to, whereas the metal fan base should see more of them for sure. Being a band that not only shows its brutal side, but also portraying the gentler side of metal music, this varied, diversified release is surely a successful one that I would recommend to pretty much every metalhead out there.