Amazing album that almost defies description. Incredible atmosphere and tone, you often find yourself caught up in the music and zoning out on what you were doing.
Favorite track: Witness.
Five years ago I was searching for music unknown to me, but I knew had to exist. Fen and Agalloch popped up in a website. I listened and discovered I found my love. Black Metal is what I was missing and nothing has been the same 😃 These two bands opened up a world of beauty for me. A wide range of emotions that I had always experienced - they put into music. This is an instant purchase without even listening first. Please get The Malediction Fields. Fen is a force. I am loyal 🖤
On "The Dead Light," Fen explore the beauty that comes from destruction. Representing the vanguard of contemporary UK post black metal, the band offers its heaviest, most direct album to date. It is the sixth full-length in a career of less than 15 years and marks another recalibration for the three-piece that, while always daring to use unconventional structures, found that the predecessor "Winter" (2017) was the apex in this respect. "This time, we took on the creative challenge to say more in less time," says co-founder The Watcher.
That does neither mean Fen lost their trademark sweeping melodies and atmosphere, nor does it suggest less progressive structures. If anything, the material shows the group at its most British. "I'm kind of old school, I love heavy metal," the guitarist and singer explains regarding his more riff-oriented, straightforward approach that goes along with some more "outlandish" influences , ranging from Voivod circa "Nothingface" or "Angel Rat" towards latter-day Enslaved.
The result is a sound best described as "spectral, colder, sharper" according to the front man, which also translated into lyrics that revolve around the search for knowledge, symbolized by our upward look to the stars . "When we watch the sky, we basically travel into the past and literally see dead light - nuclear fire from exploded planets, annihilated civilisations."
Wiped out celestial bodies notwithstanding, with tunes like the twopartite, angular title track or the wistful 'Nebula,' which has already become a favourite among at the trio's concerts, Fen in 2019 are luminaries that could not burn brighter.
"The Dead Light" is available as Digipak CD, 2CD book edition (faux-leather hardcover, 18x18cm, 36 pages with preface, exclusive artwork and three bonus tracks) and gatefold 2LP (black and ltd. violet).
: Formed in 2006 as a studio project by Grungyn, Theutus and The Watcher, and inspired by the windswept, desolate
landscape of England’s Fen region, the band set out to fuse the cold rage of Black Metal with more reflective influences, creating a deeply intense and atmospheric sound which speaks of loss and melancholic yearning...more
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Oh yes! This is one fantastic beast! A sea of pounding, psychedelic metal vastness and with Jazz Saxophone on one gorgeous track. I'll spend my last few dollars on that! The album is a feat of engineering! 10/10! Maha Kali
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I'm so conflicted on this new version of Drowned VI: Mother Cetacean. I really think the overall mix better than in 2017 EP, but taking out the samples of the woman speaking French (I think?) dramatically hurts the atmosphere of the song. I think they are both good versions of the song but unfortunately I think the removal of the woman takes away more than the new mix adds.
On the positive side I'm really happy for the new song, Drowned VII is easily better than either version of Drowned VI. ajarrell