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Fen

Formed: 2006
From: United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

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.

Fen Working On New Album

The U.K. atmospheric post-black metal band Fen (not to be confused with the Canadian band of the same name) has announced that work on a fourth full-length album has begun and is progressing well.

As things stand, the band anticipates that it will be ready for release towards October/November of this year. The as-yet-untitled album will be a follow up to 2013's “Dustwalker” (reviewed here) and will once again be released on Aural Music’s Code666 label.

Commenting on what fans should expect from the new album, Fen's frontman The Watcher had this to say: "Our new work will be darker and more intense. Invoking a spectrum of atmospheres from the unknowable coldness of distant stars to the blood and earth that thrums beneath our feet. This record takes the approach we started on ‘Dustwalker’ and builds on it further, whilst simultaneously acknowledging the more obscure-sounding roots of our debut. Bleaker, harder, yet at the same time more ambient, this record moves us further away from the accepted tropes of what ‘post’ black metal should sound like in 2014."

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Fen Posts Footage From Depressive Fest

Footage has been posted online of U.K. black metal act Fen's performance at the Depressive Fest in Moscow. Check out the set below, or find more info on Fen at the band's Facebook profile here. Fen released latest album "Dustwalker" (reviewed here) earlier this year through Code 666 Records.

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Fen To Support Agalloch On Tour

Atmospheric black metal act Fen has been confirmed to support Agalloch on a 28 date European tour during April and May of this year. Commenting on the addition of Fen to the lineup, Agalloch had this to say:

“We are proud to announce that joining us on our upcoming European tour will be our long time friends Fen (UK). We’ve played with Fen numerous times already in the UK, Belgium, and the US and are very pleased they’ll be with us for this extensive European tour…We are confident that our European fans will be blown away by the band’s fierce live show and their genuine and emotionally powerful music."

Fen, which will be the only support on the tour, will be promoting newly released album “Dustwalker” (reviewed here). Agalloch will play a set of around 2 hours, which will include a performance of new EP “Faustian Echoes” in full for the first time in Europe.

The routing for the “Lucifer Over Europe” tour is as follows: More...

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Fen Streaming New Song

U.K. act Fen has now posted the song "Consequences" online, which appears on the band's new album "Dustwalker," due out January 21st through Code 666. Give the song a listen below. The track listing is:

1. Consequence
2. Hands of Dust
3. Spectre
4. Reflections
5. Wolf Sun
6. The Black Sound
7. Walking the Crowpath
8. Epilogue (special edition bonus track)

“Dustwalker” will be Fen’s third album on Code666, which previously released the band’s debut full-length “The Malediction Fields” in 2009 and “Epoch” in 2011. More...

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Fen Announces "Dustwalker" Details

Details of the third full-length album from U.K. act Fen (not to be confused with the Vancouver band of the same name) have been announced today.

The seven-track album “Dustwalker” is set for release on the 21st of January through Code666 Records, and will be appear in both CD format and as a limited edition Clambox featuring a bonus track and pendant with the band’s distinctive logo. Artwork for the album was handled by Fen's bass player Grungyn. The track listing is:

I. Consequence
II. Hands of Dust
III. Spectre
IV. Reflections
V. Wolf Sun
VI. The Black Sound
VII. Walking the Crowpath
VIII. Epilogue (special edition bonus track)

“Dustwalker” will be Fen’s third album on Code666, which previously released the band’s debut full-length “The Malediction Fields” in 2009 and “Epoch” in 2011. Commenting on “Dustwalker," frontman The Watcher had this to say:

“If Epoch embodies a lonely walk into the deepening twilight of the fens in Autumn, then Dustwalker represents the cold, sharp greys of a bleak winter’s dawn. An expression of isolation, abandonment and a gradual detachment from the material realm, this album is a starker, more direct representation of the Fen sound.” More...

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Fen Streaming New Song

British atmospheric post-black metal band Fen has unveiled a new track titled "Consequence," which can be heard in the player below. The track was recorded in the final rehearsals before recording started for the band's upcoming third album, provisionally titled "Dustwalker." The band will be posting regular updates of the recording sessions for the new release, which is expected to be out later in the year on Code666 records.

Fen will begin live appearances for the year by supporting Agalloch at a London show on April 11th. Fen also contributed a track to the "Ond: A Tribute To Enslaved" tribute album, which will be out soon on Pictonian Records. More...

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Black Metal: The Shoegaze Wave

Back in 2005, Alcest released a two song EP called “Le Secret,” a gem that eventually would cause a stir in the hornet nest that is the black metal community. If you didn't gather by the title, Alcest is a French band, and one masterminded by front-man Neige. With a strong pedigree in the French black metal scene, Neige was a musician who not only came forward in the 00s with multiple acts in Alcest and Amesoeurs, but also made contributions to essential French albums from the likes of Mortifera and Peste Noire. While Norway and the adjacent Scandinavian realms are often thought of as the wintery fortress of black metal, the French have long held their own with a melancholic and melodic take on the genre including the infamous Les Légions Noires whom you can read about in a previous Metal Underground Sunday Old School article.

So, what was so special about Neige’s little two song EP? Well for one it wasn’t little at all. It was nearly 30 minutes long and an infusion of 90s shoegaze, post-rock, and perfectly distilled black metal. More...

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Fen Reveals New Album, "Epoch," Details

English post black metal band FEN will make its second album, "Epoch," available in January 2011 through code666 records. The cover artwork for the album was created by the band and can be viewed at this location.

The "Epoch" tracklisting is as follows:

1. Epoch
2. Ghosts of the Flood
3. Of Wilderness and Ruin
4. The Gibbet Elms
5. Carrier of Echoes
6. Half-Light Eternal
7. A Waning Solace
8. Ashbringer

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Fen Sign To Code666

Code666 has signed the black metal band FEN.

A musical project inspired by the bleak, esoteric landscaped of Eastern England, Fen blends aspects of black metal, progressive rock, folk and ambient to express loss, sorrow, exaltation and a sense of ancient pride through music.

Formed in early 2006, Fen just released with critial acclaim their first MCD, Ancient Sorrow, then decided to sign a 3-album deal with Code666.

The band is now working on their debut album, scheduled for late 2008 on Code666 records. \

Check out their official site at www.myspace.com/fenband .

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