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Thursday, November 10, 2011

New Band To Burn One To: The Fërtility Cült

The Fërtility Cült is today's "NEW BAND TO BURN ONE TO".


Tampere, Finland in late 2008 was a very special time and a place to be a part of. Sadly, it was nothing like San Francisco in the middle of the 60s though. But it was a time when young men born several decades too late could team up to bring sacred offerings to the altars of the Ancients, the Old Ones, namely mainly Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, whilst burning the incense of Electric Wizard, Sleep and Monster Magnet.

Two such men, old friends, joined forces to generate fuzz-laden psychedelia-packed jams. They recruited a drummer, and a mutual acquaintance of equally corrupt tendencies and a proficiency in saxophony completed the troupe. Tunes were formulated, grooves generated, jams and incantations performed.

But it all came together magically, when during the late summer of '09 an old friend was summoned to take up drum duties. His spirit soared high amongst the Gods of percussion. The Force was strong with him. It was this foursome that worked like the Black Lotus/Channel/Fireball combo of ancient legend, due in part to having played together before in various circumstances and music styles. New tunes and jams took shape in songs, molded during live shows through the autumn of 2009 and spring of 2010. And so the studio beckoned again in October 2010. A full length by the name of Eschatology emerged, with 47 minutes of theme-befitting material, reinforced by another old friend donating organs.

Recorded live in the studio, as was their modus operandi on their demo-EP as well, to capture the rawness and liveliness of their jam-oriented playing. The album was self-published and released free and copylefted on the 23rd of November 2010. The first print sold out in early 2011. Some negotiations have taken place with a few small labels for a release, but the band is looking for a more reliable companion. That aside, the band is set to perform assorted live shows, while focusing on new material, with several new songs already shaping up nicely, pushing the envelope further.

Kaila – bass/vocals
Ryhänen – saxophones
Kimmel – guitar
Mäkinen – drums


"If you are looking for something that has 70's prog/space rock heydey written all over it then Tampere, Finland's The Fërtility Cült may be just the band you are looking for. The classic production of their latest CD "Eschatology" has you licking at your chops as the Sabbath-inspired riffs dance around a ménage à trois of sultry saxaphone, proggy organ jabs and psychedelic guitar solos. The music overrides the vocal giving the album an almost all-instrumental feel. "Rheopolis" guides you along with a lumbering bass line and ultra fuzzed-out guitars. "Völkerwanderung" starts out insanely slow and fuzzy then parlays into a jazzy interlude only to thrust you into the swirling fuzz of the intergalactic haze once again. This is a very cool band that wears their influences on their sleeve and adds their own unique touch, The album can be downloaded for free on their Bandcamp page. Check them out!"


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