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, that 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 hardworking, and up from scratch, that I feel they really do deserve more limelight than what they have got so far.
With eight albums up their sleeve, Retribution is their ninth record. The best aspect of this band 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 starts off with “You Can’t Control Me”. The first song itself will give you a rough idea that Zoltan is surely the brainchild behind the whole band, the backbone of it all. The riffs surely 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 doesn’t fail to impress as the guitar work will blow your mind, to say the least, in songs like “Ten Plagues”, the inspiring “Face Your Fears”, “Watch Me” and “Mass Ignorance”. But this isn’t it. This isn’t just another generic groove metal band that sounds like Sepultura, rather this is one of those metal bands that unveils their mellow side too, with songs like, “Lost and Destroyed”, “Save Me”, and “Collapsed Bridge”. While the guitars by far lead from the front, 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 sums it all up which as well could’ve been the last song on the album. 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 by the band is surely a successful one that I would recommend to pretty much every metalhead out there.
Rating : 9/10