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Release date: 16 January 2009
Style: Atmospheric black metal, Post-rock

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8.4 | 103 votes

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01. Exile's Journey
02. A Witness To The Passing Of Aeons
03. Colossal Voids
04. As Buried Spirits Stir
05. The Warren
06. Lashed By Storm
07. Bereft

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Guest review by
!J.O.O.E.!

Rating:
9.5
One can't help but recognise the waves caused by the then relatively unknown UK band Fen early last year when The Malediction Fields was first released. Building upon their debut EP's mixture of melodic black metal and post-rock they swiftly gained a respectable following. Whilst post-rock is somewhat of an uncomfortable term for many metallers, its ambiguity striking upon an irrational fear, it does play an integral part of Fen's music, not merely as a way of gaining a foothold into a rising sub-genre of music, but as a means to an end that is Fen's very own style.

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published 20.06.2010 | Comments (25)

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raven_gates - 14.02.2010 at 03:25  
Rating: 9 A great Atmospheric Black Metal Album,costs as musch as agalloch's albums.....
Zuzuz0r - 14.02.2010 at 06:30  
  This album is great, one of my favorites from last year, the atmosphere is great, I just love this kind of Black Metal.
Urs Blank - 19.02.2010 at 12:56  
Rating: 9 Undeniably one of my top 10 albums of 2009.
Black metal with very gloomy yet magnificent atmospheric parts.
lord artan - 21.03.2010 at 20:20  
  A great album
!J.O.O.E.! - 15.06.2010 at 21:50  
Rating: 9 No review for this yet? And surprisingly few votes either, few more and it could knock that bland Be'lakor album off the top of 2009. Then again maybe not if the limit is 25 votes.
Daydream Nation - 02.05.2011 at 01:58  
  Quite an excellent album. While not exactly the most original thing in the world (as one reviewer so adequately put it, it feels like Agalloch and Amesoeurs combined), what is recorded is quite sturdy and magnificent. The Watcher is quite an excellent singer, and the atmospheres are really nailed down well. Very shoe-gazey black metal-- makes me wonder what it would be like if this kind of group combined with a band like Kroda, a sound very centred on atmospheres as well...
Funny how back then it seemed so original and not bland, looking at Joe's comment. But now...it's something every group is doing, in my honest opinion. While the lyrics are excellent and the Watcher is an exciting figure, I can't see anything very original with it. I've seen people give their newest one a poor grade, but I'm currently listening to a demo of one song and it sounds like the band is progressing further...I'll have to check it out. BUT...the Maledicition Fields deserves a strong 8. If only it defied more boundaries and experimented further... then it would be truly worthy of a 9 or a 10.
Human Antithesis - 01.10.2011 at 02:04  
Rating: 10 Amazing Album
Erik M. - 03.04.2013 at 23:02  
Rating: 9 Excellent album. This really surprised me, since I never suspected it to be this great.
tea[m]ster - 04.04.2013 at 17:54  
Rating: 9 Ok now, don't kill me but...
...is this album as good as Dustwalker?
!J.O.O.E.! - 04.04.2013 at 18:55  
Rating: 9
Written by tea[m]ster on 04.04.2013 at 17:54

Ok now, don't kill me but...
...is this album as good as Dustwalker?

You might not think so because this isn't as much of a post-fest as Dustwalker but to me this trounces it on every level.

Basically if you found the first track on Dustwalker to be the best track on the album then you will love this.
tea[m]ster - 13.04.2013 at 02:04  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 04.04.2013 at 18:55

You might not think so because this isn't as much of a post-fest as Dustwalker but to me this trounces it on every level.

Basically if you found the first track on Dustwalker to be the best track on the album then you will love this.


I am listening to the first track off this album as I am writing this. Wow. Love it. Tremendous aura and atmosphere. Hope the rest of the album is this good. Thanks again JOOE!
tea[m]ster - 18.04.2013 at 19:32  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 04.04.2013 at 18:55

Basically if you found the first track on Dustwalker to be the best track on the album then you will love this.


Would I like Altar Of Plagues? Never listened to them.
!J.O.O.E.! - 18.04.2013 at 19:34  
Rating: 9
Written by tea[m]ster on 18.04.2013 at 19:32

Would I like Altar Of Plagues? Never listened to them.

Honestly, it's been so long since I listened to them I really couldn't give you an honest answer. Lots of people dig them so I imagine there's a big chance you will too.
InnerSelf - 19.04.2013 at 16:08  
Rating: 9
Written by tea[m]ster on 18.04.2013 at 19:32

Would I like Altar Of Plagues? Never listened to them.

try their album Mammal, I think it might be up your ally.
Erik M. - 21.04.2013 at 17:49  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 04.04.2013 at 18:55

Written by tea[m]ster on 04.04.2013 at 17:54

Ok now, don't kill me but...
...is this album as good as Dustwalker?

You might not think so because this isn't as much of a post-fest as Dustwalker but to me this trounces it on every level.

Basically if you found the first track on Dustwalker to be the best track on the album then you will love this.


I haven't listened to Dustwalker yet, but Epoch sounded goddamn boring compared to this. However, subsequent listens are needed since this is just my first impression. I assume Dustwalker and Epoch are about the same kind of albums?
!J.O.O.E.! - 21.04.2013 at 18:46  
Rating: 9
Written by Erik M. on 21.04.2013 at 17:49

I haven't listened to Dustwalker yet, but Epoch sounded goddamn boring compared to this. However, subsequent listens are needed since this is just my first impression. I assume Dustwalker and Epoch are about the same kind of albums?

Yeah I would say so really. Dustwalker maybe has one or two tracks like the ones on this but overall it was a snorrefest.
tea[m]ster - 19.05.2013 at 02:30  
Rating: 9 I've listened to this whole album 5 times in the last 3 days. So good for a debut record. Although the cleans are a little weak and the production is so-so, the album just reeks of aura and desolation. If I ever made a list of best closing songs Bereft would be near the top. What an ender.
Dark†SymphonY - 15.06.2013 at 19:51  
Rating: 8 Despite some iffy male vocals in some of the songs, the rest of the album is excellent.

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