Fen (band)

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Fen
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Background information
Origin The Fens
Genres Black metal, post-rock, shoegaze
Years active 2006–present
Labels Code 666 / Norvdis
Website www.myspace.com/fenband
Members The Watcher (guitar, vocals)
Grungyn (bass, backing vocals)
Derwydd (drums)

Fen is a British black metal/post-rock band formed in 2006 from the Fens of East Anglia signed to the label Code666. Their Myspace page reports that they "draw the listener into a windswept and desolate landscape, bereft of hope". In 2006 they recorded the Ancient Sorrow EP (released on both CD and vinyl) and January 2009 saw the release of the first full length album The Malediction Fields under the CODE666 record label. In 2011 they released the second studio album Epoch (also CODE666 records), gaining positive reviews in leading magazines Metal Hammer (8/10) and Terrorizer magazine (7.5/10). The album was launched at the Bull & Gate venue in London with support from the old Corpse Road on 11 February 2011.

Fen have played at many festivals and with many other acts, including at the Infernal Damnation Festival, the Damnation Festival 2010 (alongside acts such as Sabbat and Lawnmower Deth) the Aurora Infernalis Festival in 2012 (alongside Primordial) and tours (including international dates) with Negura Bunget, Wodensthrone and Agalloch.

Epoch was released in a standard jewel CD case and as a strictly limited artbook edition (limited to 799 copies) with 40 pages of photography from the landscapes that have inspired the music and two bonus tracks ("The Wind Whispers of Loss" & "...From the Mists"). A Waning Solace from Epoch featured in Terrorizer magazine's 10 essential anthems (Issue 208). For this album the lineup featured original members The Watcher, Grungyn and Theutus with Æðelwalh previously of Wodensthrone on synths. Prior to Æðelwalh (in 2007) Draugluin had played synths with the band.

In 2012 Fen announced that their third album Dustwalker would be released on 21 January 2013 via Code 666 records, a launch show would follow in Camden on 15 February. The lineup for this record would be a three piece featuring the Watcher, Grungyn and new drummer Derwydd. To support the new album Fen announced a 28 date European tour alongside Agalloch.

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • The Watcher – vocals, guitars (2006–present)
  • Grungyn – bass (2006–present)
  • Derwydd – drums (2012–present)
Former members
  • Theutus – drums (2006–2012)
  • Draugluin – synths (2006–2011)
  • Æðelwalh – synths (2011–2012)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
EPs
  • Ancient Sorrow (2007)
  • Onset of Winter (2008)
Split
  • Towards the Shores of the End(Fen / De Arma, 2011)
Others
  • Better Undead Than Alive 2 (Various artists, 2009)
  • Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer (Various artist, 2010)
  • Toteninsel (Various artists, 2012)
  • Önd - A Tribute (Various artists, 2012)

References and reviews[edit]

Releases -
Epoch special edition http://www.auralwebstore.com/store/product.php?id_product=452
Epoch standard - http://www.auralwebstore.com/store/product.php?id_product=451
Malediction Fields - http://www.auralwebstore.com/store/product.php?id_product=363
Ancient Sorrow - http://www.auralwebstore.com/store/product.php?id_product=444
Towards the Shores of the End - http://www.nordvis.eu/releases-1838529


Reviews of Epoch:
Ultimate Metal (collection of reviews) - http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/code666/645565-fen-epoch-reviews.html
Metal Hammer Magazine - February 2011, page 119 - 2/5 of page review (8/10)
Terrorizer Magazine - Feb 2011 - Page 66, 7.5/10
Trebuchet Magazine - http://www.trebuchet-magazine.com/index.php/site/article/fen_-_epoch/
Obscura - http://www.obscura.ws/fen-epoch/
Shellshock - http://www.shellshock.co.uk/product_info.php?selected_cat=CODE051&artist=Fen&Label_filter=Code666
Rockfreaks review http://www.rockfreaks.net/index.php?page=albumreviews&id=3755
My Metal Bin http://mymetalbin.com/2011/02/14/fen-epoch-feb-11-2011/
Prog Sphere http://www.prog-sphere.com/2011/03/14/fen-epoch/
Blabbath - http://www.cackblabbath.co.uk/2010/12/02/fen-epoch/

Reviews of Malediction Fields
Metal Review: http://metalreview.com/reviews/4878/fen-the-malediction-fields
Metal Crypt: http://www.metalcrypt.com/pages/review.php?revid=4688
Metal Rage: http://www.metalrage.com/reviews/2685/fen-the-malediction-fields.html
Ultimate Metal (collection of reviews): http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/code666/450876-fen-malediction-fields-reviews.html
Metal Archives: http://www.metal-archives.com/review.php?id=220219
Chronicles of Chaos: http://www.chroniclesofchaos.com/reviews/albums/2-6026_fen_the_malediction_fields.aspx
Blistering.com http://www.blistering.com/fastpage/fpengine.php/link/1/templateid/15482/tempidx/4/menuid/2

Other reviews / sites
Terrorizer magazine feature (issue 208 April 2011) - Post Black Metakl report with picture, quote and interview with the Watcher from Fen - A Waning Solace featuring in the 10 essential metal anthems.
Full page feature in Metal Hammer (UK) magazine March 2011 page 110 "FEN: expansive brits redefine the black metal landscape"
Terrorizer magazine March 2011 - 7.5 review of Towards the Shoes of the End
Aural Music site - http://www.auralmusic.com/
De Arma Split Review http://halifaxcollect.blogspot.com/2011/02/fen-de-arma-towards-shores-of-end.html
MTUK Metal Zine Review http://www.metalteamuk.net/jan11reviews/cdreviews-fende.htm
Sea of Tranquility Review: http://www.seaoftranquility.org/reviews.php?op=showcontent&id=10502
Avant Garde Metal Review http://avantgarde-metal.com/content/reviews2.php?id=592
Interview with The Watcher - http://www.metalteamuk.net/interview-fen.htm
Reverbnation page http://www.reverbnation.com/fenband
LAST FM Page - http://www.last.fm/music/Fen