EKTOMORF Interview with Zoltán Farkas
Ektomorf was founded in 1994 by the two brothers; Zoltán Farka (vocals, guitar) and Csaba Farkas (bass). After some time in the underground and eagerly writing song material, the band obtained a record deal and released its first album “Hangok” in 1996. The musical mixture of powerful Thrash Metal, Hardcore, Punk and Gypsy Folklore (resulting from the Roma roots of the Farkas brothers) soon earned Ektomorf a lot of fans in their Hungarian homeland.
This week, Metalholic and Metal Wani had a chat with founder Zoltán Farkas. He discusses new album “Retribution”, their unique sound, their dedicated fan-base and much more.
Here are a few snippets of our interview:
Its been one and a half years after the “Black Flag” album, you guys came up with the new album called “Retribution“. How come such a quick development?
Because I got the audience man, we had two touring done and we were playing the songs from “Black Flag“, “Outcast“, “Instinct” to “Destroy” and some of the other albums and on the tour I got inspired very much (you know) and when I came home I fully excited and I told my record company, “Guys, I think we should do it now because it’s the time now and this is going to sound really nice and really heavy and just what you said, fucking strong!” so (you know) we shouldn’t keep it for another 2 years because I feel this is the time to record this album so this is all about inspiration.
You sound strong! You sound like a dragon as always delivering your riffs and you are basically asking us to mosh throughout the whole album.
Thank you! Yeah Ektomorf has always been like this, of course on some there’s an acoustic song which is weird but even though that is like a dark song. Ektomorf can be anything, Ektomorf is about “bother” and (pause) but I think on this album just like we said we really wrote down the hardest things because when I was writing the songs I turned back to the heavier style we had back in 2006 like on the “Outcast” album and I think this album is going to bring the same vibe and (you know) you are not the only one who is saying this I mean, I am doing interviews for two days and everybody I spoke to from the press said that, so I am really because of that.
Talking about anger, the subject of anger is very present in the album just like the previous record. What infuriates you that much? I know Hungary is one of the countries with the highest suicide rates. So instead of going down and being weak, you guys are expressing the anger through your music which makes you feel better.
Yeah, yeah exactly! In Hungary people hate gypsies and it’s getting worse and of course it affects my music and my life although I know how to handle these things around me but still pisses me off and brings all of this anger (you know) but it’s also not about this, it’s also my personal life, no really about the political, not really about the country but personal life (you know) to get disappointed in people who you thought that you can trust, that’s the most which pissed me off.
The audience and the media often call you “The Hungarian Soulfly”, I believe that as an individual Ektomorf is not a clone of Sepultura or Soulfly, they are just your influences like every band has an influence exactly like that, so you have your own image and you have your own sound. What do you think about it?
Yeah I think the same as you, everybody has their own influence. Soulfly had their own influence, Metallica has their own influence, Slayer has their own influence (you know) every band has some influence and mine was Soulfly, Metallica but then of course we got our own taste and that’s the true form and we have really good fans all over the world and because if we were just a simple copy, all this would never happen. If were a cover band like some say, it would never happen. It’s easy to say that (you know) it’s so easy to say words and thoughts (you know) I just call it ignorance and envy like you said before but I learnt to handle it through the years and for me the most important is those people who love my music, who appreciate my music because they are the most important and for those who not it’s not important because anyway they don’t appreciate the music so they don’t count in my life, not even 1 minute so (you know) we have our own faith and if someone says we sound like Soulfly then check out the latest stuff from Soulfly and then check out “Retribution” and if someone says it sounds the same then they have some problem with their ears.
True! In fact, I got to hear Soulfly album like two months back and it’s honestly nowhere close to how they sounded like on “Prophecy“.
Yeah it’s changed, changed so much and for me Max is a respectable legend but for very long time I didn’t listen to Soulfly, for a really really long time because to me what it does now is something which I don’t like, I don’t like it man. Its more like death metal and I like some death metal but the Soulfly I used to like does not exist anymore, neither Sepultura.
Absolutely, I remember the early Sepultura like “Chaos A.D” or “Arise” they were angry and it was pure anger being expressed by them.
Yeah, they were angry. They were something which I fell in love with and the anger but, for what they do now I still have my respect for the band and for the legend and the name but, I gotta say that is nothing to compare with what they were.
You can listen to the full interview below: