Since I first discovered Ektomorf back in 2004 on their DESTROY release, they have been one that, while I never sat around waiting for a release, I've always loved when they had something new out there. As heavy music goes, they are the perfect combination of what I like. They are kind of like the lovechild of Sepultura, Soulfly and Machine Head; all wrapped up into one menacing, brutal package. A couple years ago, they surprised a lot of people with THE ACOUSTIC (which is an acoustic release) and BLACK FLAG. It was surprising because both were pretty weak releases from Ektomorf. Happily, they are back and more pissed off than ever. RETRIBUTION is a very defiant callback to this band's better days.
It doesn't take long to figure out that RETRIBUTION is a skull punch in the face by a hand made of concrete. From the opening of "You Can't Control Me", Ektomorf starts a punishing attack that just never stops. Vocalist Zoltan Farkas is as pissed off as ever here. He uses his voice perfectly though, mixing in just enough clean vocal on songs like "Face Your Fear" to set up the raging screams that follow. This song is very similar to a Machine Head song, and it just flat out works.
Vocals are not what drives Ektomorf's music though. It's the guitars. Farkas teams with Tamas Schrottner to provide some menacing thick downtuned chugging riffs that dominate most of the material. The riff on "Escape" is simply addictive, and perfectly sets up Farkas for another very
Robb Flynn" sounding and styled vocal. The guitarists drive every song, but they are more than ably accompanied by the sturdy rhythm section of drummer Robert Jaksa and bassist Szabolcs Murvai. These guys bring so much flow and driving rhythm to the bulk of the material that you can't help but bang your head in appreciation.
PITRIFF RATING - 92/100 - As a unit, Ektomorf is about as good of a band that most people still don't know as there is out there. They are super tight musically, as angry or angrier than any band working today (check out "Who The Fuck Are You" for absolute proof of that statement), and are simply as good as any heavy music band working today. It defies logic that these guys haven't gotten bigger than they are. RETRIBUTION certainly won't hurt their cause. This release is killer.