CD review EKTOMORF ‘Reborn’

Zoltán “Zoli” Farkas certainly cannot be blamed for a lack of willpower, and Ektomorf’s career was certainly not a straight highway to success. Farkas and Ektomorf were confronted with several difficulties. Due to his gypsy roots, Farkas was confronted with racism and prejudice while Ektomorf was often labeled as being a Sepultura-clone.

However, all these adversities were more an encouragement than a hindrance and therefore the band can look back on 14 albums with number 15 in the pipeline.

Musically, after 26 years, Ektomorf returns to the beginnings and deliver with ‘Reborn’ a really solid record. Thrash metal with hard riffs and an enormous groove is what characterizes the band and the new album contains a lot of it. Songs like ‘The Worst is Yet to Come’ and the raging ‘And the Dead Will Walk’ are like a punch in the face. The tracks on ‘Reborn’ don’t stand out for their fine twists. Rather it is the brute strength of a bulldozer that manifests itself in songs like the title track.

It also gets very interesting towards the end of the album. With ‘Forsaken’, an instrumental, Farkas and bandmates have a seven minute song on the album that starts off slowly, driven by a roaring bass. Slowly the song develops and gains power. Guitar solos are a wow and the calmer middle section also knows how to impress. The fact that the song in parts reminds of Metallica in the ‘Master of Puppets’-days is certainly not a downside.

Overall, it can be said that ‘Reborn’ stands out as a forceful album. Whether it is a rebirth or not is something everyone has to decide for themselves. In any case it is an album that invites to headbanging and requires trained neck muscles.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Ebullition
  2. Reborn
  3. And the Dead Will Walk
  4. Fear Me
  5. Where the Hate Conceives
  6. The Worst is Yet to Come
  7. Forsaken
  8. Smashing the Past

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Thrash Metal

Release Date EU: January 22nd, 2021

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