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Ektomorf – What Doesn’t Kill Me

Label: AFM
Format: CD
Released: 2009
Reviewed By: Stingray
Rating: 8/ 10

Ektomorf formed in the early 90’s in Mezokovacshazak, Hungary, near the Romanian border, by Zoltan "Zoli" Farkas. Zoli (vocalist and mastermind of the band) is the only remaining original member. The current line up includes Tamás Schrottner (Guitar), Szabolcs Murvai (Bass) and Jozsef Szakács (Drums).


For over 15 years, Ektomorf have stayed true to their beginnings. Not much has changed with their sound and style, and their eighth album; "What Doesn’t Kill Me" is no different. Zoli’s lyrics primarily deal with pain, anger, discrimination, injustice, and the strong will to survive and fight back, due to his gypsy background. Something I’m sure each of us have experienced at some point in our lives.

"What Doesn’t Kill Me" is solid powerful, heavy, groove-oriented metal. Right from the opening lick of ‘Rat War’, I was hooked. Sounds like Sepultura and Soulfly, but that’s like putting the cart before the horse, because Ektomorf has been around before Soulfly. Consisting of 13 tracks, but if you’re lucky enough to get a hold of a limited edition copy with the bonus track ‘Born For Destruction’, all are great, simple straightforward and get right to the point, but in my opinion, ‘I Can See You’, ‘Love And Live’, and ‘Sick Of It All’ are the best.

Be sure that I’ll be out looking for everything else in the Ektomorf catalog.

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