Last week, Hungarian metal veterans 'Ektomorf' treated UAE rock lovers to a rare live performance in Dubai. The four-piece outfit played to a packed 'Club 119' at Holiday Inn in Bur Dubai.
Ektomorf showcased solid form as they ripped through blast beats and groovy detuned riffs - much to the delight of Dubai's metal community. The band are currently touring in support of their latest album 'Fury' and organizers Desert Blast Productions, got us some time to ask frontman Zoltán Farkas a few questions.
You've been around since 94’, how has the genre evolved since you started out?
It’s pretty much the same, the only difference is that a few bands quit. But the scene is as strong as it always was.
How would you describe your 2018 album 'Fury'?
It’s the best Ektomorf effort since our 2006 album ‘Outcast’. Feedback for this album was amazing - Fury hit the German and Swiss maincharts during the first week of its release. It is a straight and strong metal album with old-school roots but a very modern feel.
Describe Ektomorf’s live performances
All about energy and power!
Which band or artist would you recommend we look out for these days?
I tried getting into new bands but nothing got me. Bands I listen to include Slayer, Metallica, Machine Head and others – it’s the way of heavy music.
What are your views on the UAE music scene? Or the Middle East in general?
Honestly, I don’t know much about it. So I hope to learn more.
What’s the craziest encounter you’ve had with a fan
I’m actually always amazed when a fan travels to watch one of our shows or tattoos an Ektomorf symbol or my signature on their skins.
This may be the first-of-a-kind experience for Ektomorf but the UAE's metal scene has maintained a loyal following over the years. While EDM has always thrived and the Hip-Hop scene seems to introduce new, hungry acts from time to time, it is important to take note of the consistency of live events that feature international and local bands - this is surely a testament to the thirst for hard hitting guitar music in UAE.
In the Middle East metal can sometimes be misconstrued as a controversial niche, but let us celebrate the diversity of music and hope we have a gigpacked 2018. Long live rock n roll!
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About the Writer
Faariss Khalil is a British musician who currently lives in Dubai. As a former turntablist from Bristol his experience of growing up in a thriving music scene has fuelled his passion to uncover new music in the UAE.