UK Atmospheric Post-Black Metallers FEN have announced that work on what will be their 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 critically acclaimed “Dustwalker”, 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.’
Named after one of the more desolate and haunting regions of England, FEN, whose sound has been variously described as post-black metal, shoegaze and progressive, was formed in 2006 by The Watcher on guitars and vocals and Grungyn on bass and vocals, with the three-piece’s lineup being completed by Derwydd on drums. It is the very fact that the band has been so difficult to pigeon hole into one genre or another, due in large part to its musicians desire and insistence on maintaining the freedom to create and develop their own sound without having to conform to any strictures, that has gained FEN a wide fan base.
FEN are set to make an exclusive Canadian appearance in July this year, when they head to Montreal for the Quinze Anees Sepulcrales Festival which takes place at the Théâtre Plaza over two days on the 11th and 12th July, and celebrates the Fifteenth Anniversary of Sepulchral Prods. FEN will headline Friday’s event. Other shows so far confirmed this year include headlining slots at The Lomax in Liverpool on the 28th June and at the Colchester Arts Centre on the 7th August, and appearances at the ArcTangent Festival in Bristol on the 30th August and the Black Arts Ceremony at CCO in Villeurbanne, France on the 4th October
More information about Fen can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fenofficial
Five tracks from FEN can be heard on the band’s SoundCloud page below:
Fan-filmed footage of FEN performing in Moscow can be seen here: