Ektomorf – Fury

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label URL: https://www.afm-records.de/en/
Released: 2018
Buy Album [URL]: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fury-Ektomorf/dp/B0785VL9HM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1518693271&sr=8-1&keywords=ektomorf+fury
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/EktomorfOfficial/

Band line-up:

Zoltán Farkas – vocals, guitars
Szabi Murvai – bass
Tomi Schrottner – guitars
Robert Jaksa – drums

Tracklisting:

1. The Prophet Of Doom
2. AK 47
3. Fury
4. Bullet In Your Head
5. Faith And Strength
6. Infernal Warfare
7. Tears Of Christ
8. Blood For Blood
9. If You’re Willing To Die
10. Skin Them Alive

Review:

Ektomorf was started in Hungary in 1993, by guitarist and vocalist Zoltan ‘Zoli’ Farkas. He is the only original member. Because of his gipsy heritage, the musician was the victim of racism, but that didn’t stop his band from becoming international. In fact he used his experiences to come up with the lyrical concepts of anger and discrimination. The strong will to overcome those negative feelings is also a theme of the words. When the collective started to work with Danish producer Tue Madsen in 2003 they began to hone their sound by making it fatter, more modern and more powerful. They are one of Hungary’s most successful bands, famous for their amazing live shows and for playing at festivals such as Wacken. Their latest work ‘Fury’ will be released on February 16th 2018.

So, this metal band is fuelled by hatred. There’s nothing new about that, to say the least. What can I say about the music itself? Everyday riffs. Riffs, riffs, riffs. Yes, super low pitched guitar patterns are certainly at the forefront, here, so don’t expect any kind of vocal melodies. Just shouts. It’s typical moshing music, best served loud and if that’s what you’re into, great. However, more sub-genres would be great to hear in this album, as it’s very typical thrash/death metal. However to be fair, there are some violent doom-style ideas thrown into the mix as well, although the material on the whole isn’t particularly complicated. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but there needs to be something about the music that makes it stand out. Furthermore, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if several of the ideas in ‘Fury’ have been utilised in many other similar bands, already. The one chord chugging patterns certainly have, perhaps millions of times.

But things don’t always need to be new, right? It’s extremely difficult to be so in this day an age where everything seems to have been done before, from pirate metal to polka metal. If Ektomorf tried to be too different, they could have ended up writing music that was just plain weird. But surely the musicians have had more emotional experiences than animosity? How about they lighten up more at times and write something about the joy of performing or something? It wouldn’t exactly be lame and corny, but rather exciting without so much hate. That’s something right? Like in so many other modern extreme thrasher bands, the drumming throughout the album whilst impressive, is mechanical sounding and also samey, and this lack of playing just ahead of the beat reduces the overall excitement of the sound. This music IS fun, but taken everything into consideration, it is at least partly mediocre.

In conclusion, there is better music out there in this style: ‘Reign in Blood’ by Slayer, ‘Leprosy’ by Death etc. More modern bands like Bonded By Blood also come up with arguably better stuff with more advanced musicianships, and if you want a real adrenaline experience, check out ‘City’ by Strapping Young Lad. By all means go ahead and buy this album, just don’t expect anything at all new. I’m making this album sound bad; it really isn’t. It’s full of power, it is reasonably varied at least when it comes to development and it’s completely lacking in cheese. When it comes to music theory this is far from sophisticated, but who cares? Give it a listen and you will be most likely entertained.

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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