The Fertility Cult – Eschatology …   1 comment

Every now and then a band comes along that is uniquely different and that is the story with The Fërtility Cült” from that great land of Finland. The band has a lot of the usual influences, Kyuss, Electric Wizard and Sleep but they deliver it in a way I don’t think has ever been done before in this genre of music and that is with a sax and a bizarre, almost jazz prog-rock edge that gives this band a fresh approach. The sax playing on paper seems like an idea that couldn’t possibly work within the context of a doom, stoner kind of band but it does and it gives the music an atmosphere all of its own. The bands bio on Myspace  is one of the most interesting I have read in a while also – “A band of astral travellers and planewalkers fulfilling pledges to preternatural cosmic cow deities and hypersensual fertility priestesses channeling aural psychotropic revelations from time immemorial through subterranean cults of clandestine rites of fervent nefarious fluid exchanges taking place in ancient isthmic necropolises inhabited by keepers of arcane legacies of feline-headed copulatress hierophants while listening to Black Sabbath.”

The EP begins with a swirling psychedelic doom onslaught titled “Cosmic Kaishakunin” (The prophesied one readies for the mercy blow). The opening notes reek of an Electric Wizard vibe but the oncoming sax solo soon destroys the notion that the band is just another EW clone. The combination of sax, throbbing bass lines, swirling guitar lines and hypnotic vocals is stunning. It also has some incredible, underlying haunting melodies but the thing I keep on going back to is the sax and that gives this a sleazy, smokey bar-room kind of feeling. It’s very heavy and doomy but “Cosmic Kaishakunin” is also a well-composed piece of atmospheric relaxed doom-rock that sounds like no one else. The seven minutes of this tune automatically leaves you hooked and it is only the beginning. Second track, “Into the Sacred Grove” (Hieros Gamos, fulfilling the prophecy) kicks off with a bluesy groove and more of that sleazy tenor-sax or is it baritone sax playing, delivered here by Ill Larry. You could compare this with King Crimson especially as it has the inclusion of some odd time-changes and jazzy breaks. The track really takes off 4 minutes into the piece with an increase in the tempo and groove that literally swings with old-school psyche-blues. There is even vintage organ breaks that really gives this that 70’s jazz-prog vibe.

Another track, “Rheopolis” (Recycled, improved, refurbished, reborn. This is a death-rebirth deity made manifest in song) cranks the hypnotic ambience up a notch as it is the kind of music that lets your mind drift away to other-worldly realms. This is perhaps the most psychedelic track out of the five but when they hit on a Sabbathian groove, it is as heavy as just about anyone you care to mention. Those heavy-duty riffing moments are kept to a minimum though as the band concentrates on a more cosmic, acid-rock flavored brand of jam-rock. Some of the moments are real hair-raising stuff like the last minute of “Rheopolis” which sends a chill up the spine just from the sheer infectious nature of the groove, mesmerizing ! The EP ends with the 2 longest tracks, the first of those goes by the bizarre name of “Völkerwanderung” (The scattering of the seeds, the Wandering God returns). Starting with Sabbathian riffage before turning the structure into the psychedelic, jazz flavored hybrid, The Fertility Cult seem to be able come up with uniqueness at every turn while maintaining their own formula. A big fuzzy riff is unleashed a couple of minutes in that is interspersed with subtle, melodic guitar lines and mournful sax playing. They manage to build up the atmosphere every minute or so, gently but still powerfully building upon each section as the song reaches a cinematic quality about halfway through. The mood created is one thing but then there is the stunning but subtle variations this track has. 8 minutes in and there is a wonderful thematic change for example.

The vocals from bassist Kailasha are charismatic and while this man hasn’t got a huge range to his voice, it seems to fit the band perfectly. Guitarist Artie Gimmler is a genius with his subtle but majestic riffs and beautifully subtle guitar leads and drummer A. Ledermann delivers the perfect combination of power and jazz flavored subtlety. “Return to the End of the Beginning” (The End-All and Be-All, the Being-in-itself and the everlasting Brahmic Dharmic Dasein) is the last track on “Eschatology.” The word “Eschatology” refers to final events in history, or the ultimate destiny of humanity, commonly referred to as the end of the world and is a part of is a part of theology, philosophy, and futurology but back to the last, magical tune on this EP. It begins soothing guitar strokes and then takes off into churning but melodic psychedelic epic-rock that like the previous tune builds with cinematic atmosphere. The addition of haunting background vocals and earthy organ makes this track essential listening. Like all the other tracks on this recording, it is a majestic beast that keeps you both intrigued and mesmerized to the very last note. Without a doubt in my mind, this is one of the greatest, soon to be discovered new bands on the planet and again they come from Finland so there must be something in the water over there because in the last couple of years, they seem to putting out one great band after another. Fans of doom will find a lot to like about this because there is some great riffage although in small quantities, psychedelic and prog fans will be the most likely ones to be swept away with the quality of this EP though. The EP is available on CD from Swamp Music or as a free download from their Bandcamp page, whatever format you choose, you got to hear this…….9.5/10
The Fertility Cult @ Myspace
Download @ Bandcamp


Posted January 9, 2011 by doommantia in The Fertility Cult

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  1. I agree, a great band indeed, with an uncommon but awesome sound!

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