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Ektomorf: What Doesn't Kill Me

Hungarian thrash / hardcore quartet Ektomorf were formed back in 1993 with guitarist and vocalist Zoltan "Zoli" Farkas now their sole original member with the bands current line-up completed by Tamás Schrottner (guitar), Szabolcs Murvai (bass) and Jozsef Szakács (drums). What Doesn't Kill Me is album number six and lyrically finds Zoli predominantly tackling the issues of discrimination he has been personally affected by in his native country. Musically the band often draw comparisons with Soulfly and this latest release will no doubt see this trend continuing.

A direct message delivered in a simple and straightforward way is the formula here with the guitars down tuned and heavily distorted. The percussion is littered with tribal rhythms and for the most part the pace is kept to a strict mid-tempo thrash groove. What soon becomes tiresome is that every track seems to be an obscenity filled tirade against pretty much everyone Zoli has ever crossed swords with over the years and were this a bunch of teenagers railing against authority you could let is pass but for a band now on album number six and getting long in the tooth you would have anticipated some elements of maturity would have been introduced by now. Clearly there remains an audience for this approach but the majority of those who have ever been aware of Ektomorf will have outgrown this kind of thing a long time ago.

Track Listing
1. Rat War
2. Nothing Left
3. What Doesn't Kill Me...
4. Revenge To All
5. Love And Live
6. I Can See You
7. I Got It All
8. New Life
9. Sick Of It All
10. It's Up To You
11. Envy
12. Scream
13. Breed The Fire

Added: June 8th 2009
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1821
Language: english

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