Ektomorf – ‘Fury’ (AFM Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Bolitho-Jones   
Monday, 05 February 2018 04:20

Ektomorf artworkThe 13th album by Hungarian groove-metallers Ektomorf is a textbook example of the “ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality at work. Any of the ten tracks here could have appeared on their previous release or the preceding 11 records and not sounded out of place. There’s no drastic reinvention of the wheel going on, main man Zoli Farkas settled on a standard song template years ago and rarely deviates from it, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Like Slayer, Motörhead and Hatebreed before them, Ektomorf are one of those bands who essentially release the same album every couple of years with a few minor tweaks but still get away with it. It’ll also put to rest any fears long-time fans may have had after three-quarters of the line-up departed before Christmas; Zoli is still pissed off and hasn’t lost any of his hunger.

 

Kicking off with a punishing onslaught of down-tuned riffs and guttural vocals, ‘The Prophet Of Doom’ is primal mosh-metal that sounds like the kind of thing cavemen would have written if they’d had access to amplifiers. It’s a brutal, simplistic track that wastes no time getting to the chorus and the guitars are so thick they’re practically an extension of the rhythm section. There’s no surprises whatsoever and if you’re after Dream Theatre-style levels of invention and technical expertise, you’ll be sorely disappointed. If however you’re in the mood for some thuggishly simplistic pit action, it’s really quite entertaining.

 

‘Ak47’ meanwhile is a catchy burst of punked up metal energy. It’s destined to be a live favourite with its call and response chorus, nicely juxtaposed with the more mid-tempo bounce of the title track. Elsewhere, ‘Infernal Warfare’ is practically a wall of death made into a song while the closing ‘Skin Them Alive’ is arguably the heaviest they’ve ever been. It wouldn’t be surprising at all if Zoli spent an entire day listening to death metal before writing this one. The most noteworthy offering though is probably ‘Tears Of Christ,’ a slower and sludgier state of the world address. At slightly over four minutes, it’s also the longest track and is a pulverising stomp in the second half of the record.

 

It’s very much a case of getting exactly what you’d expect though. ‘Fury’ is an album that any long-term metal fan has already heard, even the ones who’ve never listened to Ektomorf. Some of it is a little by-the-numbers and it’s unlikely this will turn up in many ‘Best of 2018’ lists, but it is a reliably enjoyable release from the Hungarian veterans. This won’t break any new ground, but it will keep the circles spinning until the next one comes along a few years from now.

 

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‘Fury’ is released on 16 February 2018. You can get your copy HERE.

 

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