Fen - The Malediction Fields


8.4 | 117 votes |
Release date: 16 January 2009
Style: Atmospheric black metal, Post-rock

Owners:

119 have it
18 want it


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

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 (26)

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14.02.2010 - 03:25
Rating: 9
raven_gates

Posts: 9
From: Iran
A great Atmospheric Black Metal Album,costs as musch as agalloch's albums.....
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14.02.2010 - 06:30
Zuzuz0r

Posts: 507
From: Mexico

This album is great, one of my favorites from last year, the atmosphere is great, I just love this kind of Black Metal.
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If this grand panorama before me is what you call God
Then God is not dead.
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19.02.2010 - 12:56
Rating: 9
Urs Blank

Posts: 319
From: France

Undeniably one of my top 10 albums of 2009.
Black metal with very gloomy yet magnificent atmospheric parts.
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21.03.2010 - 20:20
lord artan

Posts: 292
From: Iran

A great album
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15.06.2010 - 21:50
!J.O.O.E.!
Defunct

Posts: 19156
From: UK

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.
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02.05.2011 - 01:58
Daydream Nation
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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.
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01.10.2011 - 02:04
Rating: 10
Human Antithesis

Posts: 7
From: Iran

Amazing Album
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03.04.2013 - 23:02
Rating: 9
Erik M.

Posts: 3104
From: The Netherlands

Excellent album. This really surprised me, since I never suspected it to be this great.
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04.04.2013 - 17:54
Rating: 9
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal

Posts: 4419
From: USA

Ok now, don't kill me but...
...is this album as good as Dustwalker?
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04.04.2013 - 18:55
!J.O.O.E.!
Defunct

Posts: 19156
From: UK

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.
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13.04.2013 - 02:04
Rating: 9
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal

Posts: 4419
From: USA

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!
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18.04.2013 - 19:32
Rating: 9
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal

Posts: 4419
From: USA

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.
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18.04.2013 - 19:34
!J.O.O.E.!
Defunct

Posts: 19156
From: UK

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.
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19.04.2013 - 16:08
Rating: 9
InnerSelf
proofread free

Posts: 2400
From: Syria

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.
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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21.04.2013 - 17:49
Rating: 9
Erik M.

Posts: 3104
From: The Netherlands

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?
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21.04.2013 - 18:46
!J.O.O.E.!
Defunct

Posts: 19156
From: UK

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.
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19.05.2013 - 02:30
Rating: 9
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal

Posts: 4419
From: USA

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.
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15.06.2013 - 19:51
Rating: 8
CyberSymphony
Ollie

Posts: 659
From: UK

Despite some iffy male vocals in some of the songs, the rest of the album is excellent.
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05.12.2014 - 10:59
Rating: 9
Dentura
Shadow King

Posts: 1260
From: USA

I positively love this album. For me it's definitely their best, though I enjoy their other works too (their newest one not so much, but it has its moments). Songs like "Bereft" and "The Warren" get me going every time.
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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13.10.2015 - 13:46
Dima

Posts: 1479
From: Australia

The climax in The Warren (~5:00) warms my heart every time. Cannot.get.enough.
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17.09.2016 - 13:05
Bad English
Masterchief

Posts: 44947
From: Sweden

This is English, Immortal, Arcturus, Ulver and bands like that what sees nature ate true BM message not St. Ann, you can see, look at song titles even before listening band and tell its will be a good album and it was
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Life is to short for LOVE, there is many great things to do online !!!

Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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