Your last release was "I Scream Up To The Sky" in 2002. What have you been up to in the meantime?
We broke up with our label and broke up with our manager, who left the band almost pleaded. We went through all the shit as a result of that. After that we got in contact with Nuclear Blast and talked to them if maybe it could work out. It did and so we went on writing and recording our new album.
You say that you broke up with your label (Silverdust Records). Why was that?
You know, we already had problems with Silverdust Records. I know that 'I Scream Up To The Sky' wasn't our best quality, but the people they liked it. Especially on tour, we played in clubs in front like 200 people. I think that's pretty good. But the album wasn't promoted that well, you know. The limit was that the record company told us we were going to do a European tour with Nile. That turned out to be not true. We got all excited and going like 'Yeah great!' and some two weeks before the tour was about to start; he called us and said the whole thing got cancelled. That was when we decided to break with them.
How did you end up with Nuclear Blast then?
We played at the Summer Breeze Festival and the crew of Nuclear Blast saw our show there and liked us. Our ex- manager worked here at Nuclear Blast. So he had some connections gave us an email address. We got in contact and started talking and this was the result. I went back to Hungary and I couldn't believe it. It was like a dream come true.
You recorded your new album 'Destroy' with producer Tue Madsen. Why did choose him to produce your album?
After we signed the record company gave us some promo CD's and asked us to choose a sound. We listened to them and when I heard the Mnemic CD, I knew that was it. I wanted to sound like that. I mean not the music or the style, but the sound was great. So we worked with Tue for three weeks and those were cool. We recorded everything in ten days time. He was very cool to work with. It didn't felt like work, you know. We had send him tapes with the songs recorded in our rehearse room. He told us to play it just like we would on stage or in our rehearse room.It was really great working with him. I'm sure our next album is going to be with him again. I'm very sure about that, seriously.
In the bio you say "All the things that came in your mind were about destroying". Where did those feelings come from?
I'm half gypsy. My father was gypsy and my mother was Hungarian. When you grow up in Hungary as a gypsy, you get to deal with a lot of discrimination. It starts at kindergarten and goes on throughout school and later work. That was part of where that feeling came from. Another part was about broken friendships and the pain that causes. I had a friend who was more like a brother to me and he stuck a fuckin' knife in my back. He betrayed me.
More than enough reason for some genuine anger, I reckon?
You know, I'm not a violent guy, but when that anger builds up, I have to put it in my songs.
On this new record I hear lots of different influences ranging from gypsy to Asian music. Where did the inspiration come from?
Asian? I think that's due to the sitar. When we went in to record the album, it was a wish of mine to have a sitar in there. I can't play it myself, because it's so fuckin' difficult to do, so I asked Tue Madsen to rent a sitar. He replied that that would be very expensive, but as we got to his home he said that he had a sitar there hanging on the wall. It wasn't much, he said, but it would do the trick. So Tue Madsen plays the sitar on the album. So, that would be the Asian influence you hear. By the way, gypsies derived from India, so.
Many bands tend to repeat themselves when they made a couple of albums. How difficult is it to keep improving yourself?
Well, that is a tough one. It is not hard to improve ourselves, because we use different influences from life each time around. The previous album 'I Scream Up To The Sky' was recorded after I just lost my child. So I was dealing with that at that time and so it had a big influence on the record. This time around I was just fed up with all the shit around me, so I used that. At the moment I live in Amsterdam with my girlfriend and when I sit in the living room with my guitar saying to myself: 'I'm going to write a song' nothing comes out. But when I'm watching TV or just doing something the songs come out. It is like something hits me; it's there!
The album opens with 'I Know Them'. Who are 'them'?
Hahahaha, who's them? I wrote that song about those kinds of people who come up to you saying “Oh I'm your best friend, this and that” and turn around and give you all kinds of fuckin' shit. I can spot them now from 100 kilometres distance. But the fans should get out of the song what they want. That way there're going to be different interpretations of the track.
If you had to pick one track of the new album that defines the core of Ektomorf which one would that be and why?
I know it's a bit lame to say but the whole album. When we recorded it, we told each other that this album is like one big song, but if I had to choose? But if I really had to choose it would be 'I Know Them'. It was the first track I wrote for this album.
You guys are often compared to bands like Sepultura and Soulfly, obviously due to the anger, energy and speed in your sound. Doesn't it bother you that you are always compared to those bands?
You know, some part of that is true. We make music down the same line as those bands. They are the best, so... But with this new album we have created our own sound. Don't get me wrong, down the same line, but when one hears a couple of tracks I think, and hope, that people will say: 'Hey, that's Ektomorf'. I think we have our own sound. But people will probably say we make music like those bands, because we make that same kind of music.
You come from Hungary. There is a growing number of metal bands going for international acclaim lately (like Casket Garden, Nemesis and Tormentor). Is this just the beginning of the Hungarian invasion?
Hahaha, you know, you're the first to say that. Most others ask: Is the Hungarian metal scene great... Yeah, I think we're the first with a serious record deal with a major company. I hope that we can open the gates for other Hungarian bands. Because there is a really good scene here, with great bands.
We can expect to hear more from Hungary in the time to come?
Yeah, I'm sure of that!
Anything you want to say to our readers?
Hmm, well. Believe in yourself. In this world you need to be straight with and sure of yourself, because there's a lot of shit out there in the world that's trying to change you! And I hope to see you at our tour with Pro-Pain!