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Latest Fen News

Below is our complete Fen news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Slug Comparison Releasing New Album

The debut solo album from Doug Harrison, vocalist/guitarist for Canada's Fen, will be released on October 24th under the name Slug Comparison.

The self-titled album will be released in a digital-only format, and the following press release was issued about the project:

"Known for blending darkness and light, acoustic and electric, Harrison deepens his exploration of these elements with nine new songs that feel like a ‘Part II’ to Fen’s acclaimed album 'Trails Out Of Gloom.'

"The recordings came together over a two year period. They feature drummer Randall Stoll (Fen - Congenital Fixation), and bassist Mike Young (The Devin Townsend Band). Longtime studio collaborator, Mike Southworth produced the recordings.

"While similar to Trails Out Of Gloom, Slug Comparison reveals Harrison’s growth as a vocalist and songwriter, experimenting with techno-industrial sounds in 'Bringer of Doom,' using a vocal character in 'Evil Walks,' and surpassing himself compositionally with the multi-layered, multi-movement, anti-war epic, 'Long Live the Night,' which includes an extended slide guitar solo, a choir, and battlefield soundscapes." More...

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Fen Posts New Official Video

Following on the heels of their groundbreaking marionette video for "Miracle" off the "Trails out of Gloom" album, Vancouver progressive rockers Fen are now set to release the latest video for "The Glove" from their fifth and latest album "Of Losing Interest." About the video, main Fen man Doug Harrison says:

"I came up with the video idea based on an experience in a public men's room where a guy came out of the stall and wanted my help in putting a white, woolen glove on his hand, which appeared to have something wrong with it. I didn't know if it was a genuine request for help or a trick to get me in a vulnerable position. After I wrote the script, I showed it to the other guys in Fen but no one wanted to be in the video. I also showed it to the guys at our label Ripple Music to see if they would do it. They were apprehensive as well. The two main actors ended up being friends of friends, guys who didn't mind tussling around in a public washroom on camera while patrons from the ice rink came in to do their business."


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Pit Stories: Fen's Prank Gone Awry

Every Tuesday, Metalunderground.com checks in with bands from around the world to hear their most memorable Pit Stories from live shows. Today we have a story from Vancouver's Fen (not to be confused with the U.K. act) about a band prank backfiring:

Last fall, on a day off from our BC/Alberta tour we climbed a small mountain in Fruitvale. We reached a lookout and Jeff and Taty sat down to enjoy the view of the valley while the rest of us kept bushwhacking to see if there was a higher peak. Along the way Nando scratched his forehead on a branch so we hatched a plan to freak out the others. We came back down to the viewpoint with Sam and I propping Nando up on either side, and there was blood smeared on his forehead. We said he'd fallen and hit his head and he pretended to be dazed. Jeff jumped up and doted over Nando with a terrible look of concern, helping us as we laid him down on the moss. Then we started laughing. Jeff was pissed. Taty said we were shitty actors. It was the classic horror movie intro.

The next day we were in Calgary at Vern's Bar. It was a Tuesday night and we were stoked there was anyone there at all. After we played, it was The Reckless Heroes, a hilariously energetic punk metal band. They flew all around the stage while people just sat and watched. Still pumped from our set, Sam and I started a pit. It maxed out at 5-6 people so there was a ton of room and we were getting some pretty good runs at each other. The bassist kept jumping off the stage and bashing around with us. At the end of the night, loading up gear I noticed Sam was missing. Jeff said, "Didn't you hear, he messed up his foot while moshing."

Right away I was suspicious, thinking Jeff was setting me up as revenge for the shit we'd pulled on the mountain, but I went along with it, helping carry Sam's gear while he sat in the bar with his foot up on a chair and sipping beer. When it was time to leave he walked only on the heel of that foot. It looked pretty painful, but I was paranoid that the second I showed any sympathy, he would start walking normally and Jeff would jump out of the woodwork and call me a sucker for carrying the extra gear. Two days later the foot was turning black and after an x-ray it was officially declared broken. I felt like a jerk for being so suspicious. Sam played the rest of the gigs in a chair in front of his 4x12.

Fen is out with latest album "Of Losing Interest," and you can also check out the music video for "A Long Line" below. For more info on the band, head over to the Fen Facebook profile here, and be sure to check back next week for more Pit Stories. More...

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Fen Releases New Music Video

Vancouver progressive rockers Fen (not to be confused with the U.K. atmospheric black metal act of the same name) have released their latest music video "A Long Line," taken from fifth and latest album "Of Losing Interest." Check out the clip below.

The album was released last summer via indie label Ripple Music and follows the band's fourth release "Trails Out Of Gloom." Fen will also be performing at this year's Telus Ski & Snowboard Festival Kick Off on March 21st at the Electric Owl (926 Main St.) in Vancouver, BC. More...

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Fen Posts "Of Losing Interest" Video

Vancouver progressive rockers Fen (not to be confused with the U.K. atmospheric black metal act of the same name) have posted a video for the title track of their fifth and latest album "Of Losing Interest."

Vocalist / guitarist Doug Harrison comments: "The song 'Of Losing Interest' broke new ground for us. We didn't try to shape it into some convoluted or grandiose structure. We just let the riff be a riff and do its job and we kept the dynamics fairly steady throughout. At one point I considered titling the song, The Grump, based on the fact that the lyrics are from the perspective of someone who detests social interactions and does what he can to either cut them short or avoid them altogether. Overall, the video is a lofi attempt to reveal what might be inside his head." More...

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Fen Releases New Video Clip

Vancouver's Fen has partnered up with The Ripple Effect for an exclusive preview of the band's new video, "A Long Line." Check out the video right here or in the player below. The following press release was also issued about the band's new album:

"Following up on 2010’s breakout album, Trails Out of Gloom, the band return to their heavier roots with the brand new album, Of Losing Interest! Once again recorded at Creativ Studios with longtime producer, Mike Southworth at the helm, the band have crafted themselves an album that perfectly balances the technical virtuosity of heavy metal with the more down to earth tones of the early 90’s alternative rock movement. Of Losing Interest is available through Nail Distribution in North America, Code 7 in the UK, and Clearspot International in Europe."

Fen will be hitting the road to begin supporting "Of Losing Interest" this month:

Sept 21st: Kamloops, BC - The Dirty Jersey
Sept 22nd: Salmon Arm, BC - Hideaway Pub
Sept 25th: Calgary, AB - Vern's Bar
Sept 28th: Prince George, BC - Riley's Pub
Sept 29th: Dawson Creek, BC - Rockwell's More...

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Fen Streaming New Album Online

Vancouver's Fen has partnered up with Heavy Planet for a preview of the band's new album, "Of Losing Interest," in it's entirety. With the album coming out in a week, Fen wanted to give the rock n' roll community a little something special leading up to the release of the band's fifth album with a free stream of the complete recording. Check out the album here or in the player below.

"Heavy Planet helped bring our album Congenital Fixation out of the shadows back in 2009 when they featured Fen as their New Band to Burn To," states guitarist/singer Doug Harrison when asked about partnering up with the blog that celebrates all that is heavy, "Two albums later, we're stoked to still have their support." More...

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Fen Reveals New Album Details

Following up on 2010’s breakout album, "Trails Out of Gloom," Fen is returning to its heavier roots with the brand new album, "Of Losing Interest." The album was once again recorded at Creativ Studios with longtime producer Mike Southworth at the helm. "Of Losing Interest" will be available on August 14th through Nail Distribution in North America, Code 7 in the UK, and Clearspot International in Europe.

“In some ways, Of Losing Interest is a reversion to the bands pre-Trails sound, but this new album is a definite progression for us,” states Fen frontman, Doug Harrison, “the new album is a lot heavier than past albums, but it still has a ton of melody and, as a band, we’re took a more focused approach towards songcraft.” More...

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