Ektomorf
Redemption


3.5
great

Review

by Magnus Altkula STAFF
January 2nd, 2011 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hangover metal

It is January 2nd, 2011 and I am sitting in front of my computer screen with a still-prevalent hangover, thinking why the hell am I sitting inside. But screw it, there are no good parties today that I know of and the weather outside sucks anyway. So, at least at the moment, I actually prefer sitting here, amidst the unpleasant smell of my sweat-drenched balls and cigarette smoke, because my damn friends don’t have no limits when it comes to smoking. I should probably take a shower, but I have managed to lose the key to my sauna (yeah, it has a lock; how retarded is that?) and since I can't be bothered to conduct a comprehensive search at the moment, I am self-forced to slowly drown in my own stench. In the light of this, there is no better time to listen to some pissed off shit, and you know what, why not even review said pissed off shit. So here it is, my review of Ektomorf's latest album, Redemption. It's some pissed off shit people.

This Hungarian groove/thrash four-piece has been going strong for over 15 years now, pumping out stellar, if overly similar records back to back. They are like the European equivalent of Soulfly, so I choose to call their particular groove metal style nu-thrash, seeing as it’s thrashy, but also has sections that remind me of nu metal a lot, so nu-thrash makes sense, right? Anyway, I am not here to dispute over that with you my dear readers, but rather I am here to tell you that Redemption is another solid outing from Ektomorf. It sounds exactly like you'd expect it to, if you’ve ever heard Ektomorf, Soulfly or newer Sepultura. Chunky ’n’ groovy guitar riffs that borrow as much from thrash as they do from nu metal are abound, with vocalist Zoltan Farkas reminding me of an European Max Cavalera. The music is nice and thick, if overly simple, with power chords and chug riffs being the keywords for the guitar department. It sounds pretty loud, and that is cool I guess. Also, I am a total sucker for groovy riffs, no matter how simple they are, so that explains why I can listen to the entire catalogue by these guys and still be happy with almost every release they have put out, despite the fact they haven't changed their sound much since coming together in 1994.

That’s not to say that there is no progression or differentiation at all to be found here. While their 2009 effort What Doesn’t Kill Me… was slightly leaning on the thrashy side, then Redemption is definitely groovier and there are more melodies to be found here, although they are still sparse. The record is also more consistent as a whole and this year I can say that with a confidence, since I gave the album the time to fully sink in this time around (last year I wrote a review for What Doesn’t Kill Me... after having the album for a mere few days – a mistake so many reviewers around here regretfully make - and of course I proclaimed the album to be awesome while in all honesty now, a year later, I’ll just say it’s a good record). The only thing that I really don’t appreciate here is the overbearing angst. There are so many "***"’s and "kill"’s flying around that I feel like I am caught in the middle of a two-way street and both ends are blocked by raging Gypsys.

But as a whole, Redemption is another solid album by Ektomorf. It’s simplistic, loud, angry, yet it’s also kind of fun and makes for a good and easy listen. Taking into account that the end/start of a year is always slow as far as good releases go, Redemption is a good metal album to look into until something truly bombastic comes out.



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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2011


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Happy 2011 people, I hope everyone will have a good year!

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2011


16481 Comments


there is no better time to listen to some pissed out ***


pissed off*

First paragraph made me lol, review was good.

Defeater
January 2nd 2011


5782 Comments


wow dude you're a loser

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2011


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Missed that, thanks. Yeah, I believe you can tell how indifferent I am towards everything right now haha.

@Defeater
Pffft, I'm just hungover, and I probably had a more badass New Year's Eve than you so suck it.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2011


16481 Comments


I really don't want to think of the combination of the smell of sweaty balls and cigarettes.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2011


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There are better combinations out there for sure. Fuck, I think I still need to conduct that search.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2011


7464 Comments


Good write-up, but I'm not willing to check out these guys since nu-trash isn't really my thing. As for groovy riffs, you need to give the debut Gozu album a spin.

jingledeath
January 2nd 2011


7104 Comments


Been a while since I've seen your reviews dude.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2011


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Greg
I saw your review for it. It's on my list

@Jingle
It's been a while since I've bothered to write something. Although you can probably see that this isn't a truly inspiring piece of writing either haha.

MassiveAttack
January 2nd 2011


2688 Comments


lol haters. ESTONIAN!

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2011


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Exactly Marko, haters gonna hate man haha.

FadeToBlack
January 2nd 2011


11034 Comments


good review

pizzamachine
January 2nd 2011


12572 Comments


I still can't believe it. Somewhere in Estonia you're typing on your computer or something. It boggles the mind!

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2011


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You're in a jolly mood Daniel, aren't you? I was expecting you to come in with a "good review shit band" comment and you totally failed me.

Pizza - I aim to confuse ;)

ZippaThaRippa
January 2nd 2011


2443 Comments


Hahahahahahahaha what the fuck bro? XD

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2011


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

One word bro: hangover

It usually gives me all kinds of great ideas.

Apollo
January 2nd 2011


10373 Comments


I'm drunk at 2:30pm/ I was retardedly drunk yesterday too

Jethro42
January 2nd 2011


12638 Comments


Good review man, and I second Greg about Gozu. I'm going to bump it up to 4.5 right now.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2011


8391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you Jethro, I'll be sure to give that album a go in the near future!

Slimjim367
January 2nd 2011


512 Comments


i lol'd at this line

"Redemption is a good metal album to look into until something truly bombastic comes out."

overall great review, doesn't sound like my sort of thing, but well written review dude



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