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Ektomorf
Retribution

Company: AFM
Release: 2014
Genre: Heavy
Reviewer: EC

  • Down tuned groove metal



  • "Retribution" is another fine entry in what has become a successful Ektomorf catalog. This Hungarian band is the product of brain child Zoltan Farkas. The singer songwriter founded the group, plays guitar and remains the only member left from the band's early starting lineups. While the revolving door brings a constant array of musicians the act's sound remains intact. Through nine studio offerings Ektomorf delivers down tuned groove metal that closely resembles Sepultura and Soulfly. "Retribution" continues the tradition with an uncompromising display of scraping licks that circle Farkas' harsh vocal style. The dry production from longtime partner Tue Madsen (Mnemic, The Haunted) contributes to the aggressive themes and carries the same delivery that made "Black Flag" and "What Doesn't Kill Me" so special. "Face Your Fear" and "Mass Ignorance" are brutal in their usage of beefy mid tempo riffs and the constant barrage of toms. Lead single "Numb And Sick" features clean singing from Ill Nino vocalist Cristian Machado that lends more elements to the band's tribal beating. "Save Me" and "Lost And Destroyed" follow the same method of more clean vocals and slower pace. The end result is another brutal outing from the band yet slightly different than previous efforts. That new approach makes "Retribution" one of the band's best.



    Bandsite: www.ektomorf.com
    Company Link: www.afm-records.de
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    ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: EKTOMORF
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    REVIEWER DATE
    InstinctEktomorf
    2005
    Eric Compton7/25/2005
    RedemptionEktomorf
    2010
    Eric Compton2/25/2011
    RetributionEktomorf
    2014
    Eric Compton3/27/2014


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    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    Black FlagEktomorf
    2012
    Greg Watson9/12/2012
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    2012
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