7/25/2005 - Review by: Eric Compton
Ektomorf - Instinct - 2005 - Nuclear Blast
A lot of these records will just grind on the listener, almost becoming unbearable with the hate filled lyrics and rather mindless song structures. Ektomorf are definitely not doing anything original here, really for the most part just doing what everyone else has already done before them. But there is something rather catchy about this particular release, a thundering addiction to hear it more and more, no matter mood or mindset. "Instinct" is really cut from the same cloth as Brazilian and Denmark soundtracks, with the likes of Konkhra ("Weed Out The Weak"), Overdose, Criminal, and Sepultura all playing this particular style and doing it well. Ektomorf could be included in that illustrious list, really shining in the most hateful and sadistic fashion. With the mean and gutsy Farkas Zoltán at the helm, the band take on all challenges with a punishing display of rugged, uncompromising brutality. This isn't for the weak of heart boys and girls, no this one is a real cut-throat, with plenty of downtuned chops, grinding bass, and aggressive drums.
For the most part each song is structured to incorporate shouting, gang vocals, driving groove based riffs, and a mid-tempo pace. Songwriting is geared more towards the "profane description of the world" and the "it is me against you so bring it" type of thought pattern. The group do get socially and politically involved in some songs (see "United Nations"). With the gritty and groove based production job from the masterful Tue Madsen (The Haunted, Mnemic, Disbelief, Illdisposed), this band get the opportunity to display their harsh and oppressive sound in grand fashion.
Not the most mature record or even the most original material I'm hearing of late, but with the production and musicianship, this one is worth the money.
Album cover link: http://www.ektomorf-fanclub.com/official/albums/6_instinct.jpg
Band link: http://www.ektomorf.com
Label link: www.nuclearblastusa.com
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