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Ektomorf - Instinct - 2005 - Nuclear Blast

Track Listing
1. Set Me Free
2. Show Your Fist
3. Instinct
4. Burn
5. The Holy Noise
6. Fuck You All
7. United Nations
8. Land Of Pain
9. Break You
10. You Get What You Give
11. Until The End
12. I Will
My "in-box" has been getting a lot of these types of records lately, with releases from the likes of Bio-Hazard, Pro-Pain, Crowbar, and Kryoburn getting media attention of late. Now I get Ektomorf, a Hungarian band that have enjoyed a ten year recording career and numerous shows with legendary acts such as Fear Factory and Pro-Pain. Ektomorf have now unleashed Hell with their sixth record to date and second for Nuclear Blast with "Instinct", a brutal and pulverizing experience that recalls "Chaos AD" era Sepultura as well as the vicious mentality of Machine Head.

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.


--EC 06.22.05



Album cover link: http://www.ektomorf-fanclub.com/official/albums/6_instinct.jpg
Band link: http://www.ektomorf.com
Label link: www.nuclearblastusa.com
About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: EKTOMORF
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TITLE BAND
DOR
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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