Fragments of Unbecoming was founded by guitarists Sascha Ehrich (Mortified) and Stefan Weimar (Veneral Disease). In 2002 they released their (demo) debut, this self release got positive reactions from the press. After that they signed with Metal Blade and released two further albums. With Cyclone Empire they found a new company and the fourth release is a fact.
Just like the last record the vocals are done by Sam Anetzberger, who is also a member of the death metal band Dead Eye Sleeper; he is a great fit to this style of music. German Fragments Of Unbecoming have chosen a death metal style with a lot of Swedish influences. They don't sound exactly like early Entombed, Dismember, Dissection or At The Gates, but there are several resemblances. Fortunately they don't forget to introduce some melody now and then. Just when I thought the music was going to be a bit boring, the fifth track "Deadlight" passes by. The song has a fast and furious start, but gets really interesting after one and a half minute - a nice guitar riff saves the song from turning into a boring blastbeating kind of song. The next instrumental I could have done without, in my opinion it doesn't add anything.
Although the music is of a constant quality, I don't get over-enthusiastic. When the record is done I don't have the immediate urge to listen to it again. Don't get me wrong, it is a good record but I just miss the addiction. Perhaps I'm just a bit overwhelmed by the lots of death records I have to review, so I would say take a listen and be your own judge.