Grungyn – Bass, Vocals
The Watcher – Guitar, Vocals
Havenless – Drums
2. The Dead Light (Part 1)
3. The Dead Light (Part 2)
5. Labyrinthine Echoes
6. Breath Of Void
8. Rendered In Onyx
Atmospheric Black Metal has been on the rise in England for over a decade now, and one of the country’s biggest stalwarts, Fen have released their sixth studio album: “The Dead Light”.
Fen describes their sound as a mix of Post Rock and Atmospherics, so I’d recommend them to you if you really dig the likes of Harakiri For The Sky or Les Discrets. If this decade is best described as belonging to the likes of Alcest and their peers, then The Dead Light is a nice release to celebrate the closing of the decade.
It is beautiful, to put it bluntly. Beginning with some beautiful guitars and drums that take your mind on an audible voyage that sounds sublime at first, but then conveys some rather angry and morose vocals and percussion arrangements, so being able to juxtapose those tones so well is something for which Fen deserve much credit.
Both parts of the title track are like a ship sailing on a sea of notes and you then feel like you’re wandering through an endless forest with moonlight beaming into your eyes and heart. It’s quite a relaxing and pleasant piece of music, so put it on if you want something to chill to after a long, busy day.
Something for everyone here if you like melodic or atmospheric metal that doesn’t outstay its welcome.
Review by Demitri Levantis