Ektomorf – Warpath (2017)

Ektomorf

Warpath

AFM Records

I’ve never really been that much of a fan of live concert recordings, but the latest output from Ektomorf is exactly that. Hailing from Hungary, these guys have been crafting punchy grooves since their ’94 demo days. Warpath explores most of the band’s best numbers, including some of their latest tracks from ’15s Aggressor. The concert was recorded during the last Wacken and features the whole set (unlike most Wacken DVDs) which totals in at forty-five minutes minus the odd Game Of Thrones intro. These guys must definitely be major Game Of Thrones fans and I’ll definitely have to talk to them about that geekdom during our site’s transformation, but there’s nothing Game Of Thrones related on this entire album. That isn’t a real problem for me though, as it fills with all of the grooves that bands like Slipknot, Fear Factory and Soulfly/mid-era Sepultura are known for. You’re getting a disc of pounding groove metal without clean vocals and an enthusiastic crowd response. I’d say it’s a good time. Best of all, frontman Zoltán really keeps the crowd going and is deservingly high in the mix. I can hear his vocals quite clearly amidst the pounding bass and even make out a lot of the lyrics. It’s awfully raw and vulgar, but I’d expect nothing less from these guys. An Ektomorf concert is a chance to just jump around and get all the negativity and frustration out, which is more or less what these fans did. The album comes with a bonus DVD of the entire show along with a band interview, but I haven’t had the chance to sit down with that yet. Though I can assure you that if the visual is anything like the audio element of this show, then you’re going to be in for a real treat.

Ultimately, the record is heavy as fuck and even features George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher making a surprise guest appearance on the track “Evil By Nature” which is a great addition to the performance. These guys haven’t released a live disc since ’06, so it’s great to see them powering through these cuts over a decade later. I know that Ektomorf aren’t the most celebrated metal band and for some reason Metal Archives doesn’t want to accept them in their ranks either, but I feel that they’re more than brackish enough to be added and have paid their dues to this genre for much longer than a lot of other bands have. These guys have been crafting metal for nearly thirty years now, so it’s just amazing to hear them doing it so effortlessly and enjoying themselves during this live show. The band absolutely does not sound like they’re just playing by numbers here, because there’s a definite energy and passion to this blunt edge, which I absolutely love. I’ve never been crazy about their studio albums, but I love this disc. Ektomorf definitely sound better live and there’s more than enough fire and fruy here to make an impression, so give it a listen!

(11 Tracks, 46:00)

8/10

Purchase Here (AFM Records Shop)

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