Tech-Death Tuesday: South Korean Brutalists FECUNDATION Deliver Vicious Thrills on Morte Cerebral
Hey there, tech fiends. It's that time of the week again. Before we dive into today's focus, here's the usual weekly reminder that if you're looking for even more sick bands to hear, all prior editions of this series can be perused here.
A few months ago I covered an incredible technical brutal death metal band from Tokyo called Shinda Saibo No Katamari who dropped a killer album this year called Saibogu. As I often end up doing when researching bands before covering them, I head to Metal-Archives and see if any members of the group play in any other bands. Over the years, doing so has led me to stumble upon numerous groups I likely never would have heard of otherwise. When I was looking up Shinda Saibo No Katamari on Metal-Archives, I noticed their drummer was in another band called Fecundation who were signed to the same label as Shinda Saibo No Katamari, Obliteration Records.
So I gave their early 2019 new EP called Morte Cerebral a shot and I am really glad that I did. Like Shinda Saibo No Katamari, Fecundation play a very chaotic and unorthodox form of technical brutal death metal. Unorthodox in the sense that there is little uniformity in how the music chooses to combine from brutal death metal and technical death metal. A rarity for this style since most of the bands playing within it have a streamlined and consistent approach to how they switch or layer between those worlds. Fecundation takes a different path, none of the songs on Morte Cerebral unfold in an easy to follow manner, and, the sheer number of times each song zigs and zags between brutal death, tech-death, and slam is a beautiful thing to behold at the same time.
Given the nature of their approach, in lesser hands, such a bizarre and ever-shifting swirl of brutality and shredding could come across as a loose and sloppy mess. But, Fecundation somehow nail the controlled chaos approach like champions. Clocking in at just over 16 minutes across 5 songs, Morte Cerebral contains enough unique sections and killer ideas than most bands of their ilk fit into an album. This is a demented aural beatdown with tremendous replay value, I've yet to stop listening to it down after finding it a few months ago. Sound-wise, Fecundation reminds me of
early-era Cryptopsy, Malignancy, Suffocation, and Devourment shredded together in a blender and spewn forth with gleeful absurdity.
If you're looking for some new high-quality technical brutal death metal, Morte Cerebral will definitely stick out as a release worthy of your time and money. You can purchase Morte Cerebral through the Fecundation Bandcamp Page and in CD form through their label, Obliteration Records. You can also follow the group over on the Fecundation Facebook page.