After a decade of releasing albums and numerous European tours, it's nothing short of amazing that the best EKTOMORF can come up with on their seventh release is such a ridiculous ripoff of the Max Cavalera school of simpler-is-better mono-thrash. It's not a passing resemblance, it's not an occasional inflection — it sounds like this Hungarian quartet went into the studio and said "how much can we possibly steal from SOULFLY, even if it means getting our asses kicked for it?"I suppose it could be a case of parallel development — I mean, who's to say a "third world posse" couldn't erupt in Hungary just as easily as in Brazil? But let's go down the checklist – we have heavily-accented vocals delivered in a Cavalera bellow. We have thudding two-note riffs and big tribal beats with occasional Latin percussion flourishes. We have the obligatory acoustic-guitar spooky world music sounding ethinc bit ("Who Can I Trust"). We have lyrics about oppression, overcoming enemies, and the like, and song titles written in the same font SOULFLY stole off the side of an incense box years ago. I mean, check them out: "We Rise"? "I'm Against"? "Chamunda"? Give me a fucking break. With even the genuine article, the SOULFLY discography, becoming a bit redundant and stale, and the looming prospect of a Cavalera reunion in SEPULTURA at some point soon, who needs such a blatant ripoff? Start a cover band if you're that far up your idols' asses, but don't peddle your thinly-veiled tribute as something original or worth anyone else's time. Better yet, put those ten years of life experience to use and try developing a personality, instead of wearing someone else's like a second skin.
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