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Ektomorf: Redemption

The comparisons to Sepultura and Soulfly are well founded. So what is the big deal? They have done this for seven previous albums and it has worked. Redemption carries on the tradition in much the same way that Ektomorf has since their inception. This is not a real bad thing though and much in the same way that McDonalds sells their burgers, Ektomorf deals out an album where you know what your getting when you pick it up. There are no surprises but I wouldn't expect any. It is just another solid release from this Hungarian band.

Starting out the disc with a real burner called "Last Fight" which is easily the best cut off the album, it easily could have come from either of their Brazilian counterparts but who cares. If you like this type of music it really doesn't matter. With a definite groove to their sound, Ektomorf gives the fans just what they want.

You can tell that these guys are just a little bit pissed. This is one angry album and that only fuels the thrashy goodness you are about to get. Sure, they do go overboard on it but that is expected by their fan base also. Every song on here has something to do with hate or being wronged. You would think that these guys have never had anything go right for them in their lives.

The last element of this disc I have to mention is the simplistic nature of the music. Nothing complex or extraordinary for sure. Ektomorf grinds it out and there is really no need for anything more. Zoltan Farkas reaches into the bag of time tested riffs and pulls out a whole bunch to use on this album. This is not to say that it makes for a bad experience but rather one that treads on familiar ground for the most part. Other than a couple moments like the songs "God Will Cut You Down" and "Sea Of My Misery" do they vary their style at all. Even the guest vocals of Danko Jones on the song "The One" doesn't add much spice to this very bland concoction.

I cannot say that this is a bad disc but by the same token I can't say it is a great album either. Ektomorf gives you a bunch of run-of-the-mill metal that doesn't excite but also it certainly isn't horrible either. It is destined to get lost in the shuffle as there is just nothing special on here.

Track listing:

1. Last Fight
2. Redemption
3. I'm In Hate
4. God Will Cut You Down
5. Stay Away
6. Never Should
7. Sea Of My Misery
8. The One
9. Revolution
10. Cigany
11. Stigmatized
12. Anger

Added: May 15th 2011
Reviewer: Scott Ward
Related Link: Band's Official Site
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Language: english

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