Fen - Dustwalker review
|Release date:||January 2013|
02. Hands Of Dust
05. Wolf Sun
06. The Black Sound
07. Walking The Crowpath
08. Epilogue [special edition bonus]
When it comes to atmospheric black metal, bands had a lot more to say about it in past years as it wasn't overdone and stale as it is today. Much like any other genre, a lot of bands try to subconsciously compete and release something that makes all the difference. It's a relief that even without that competitive attitude and lack of focal awareness, satisfaction comes to those who don't care about the freshness of the material. But music fans who seek creativity are disappointed after the first listen. I'm not trying to dismiss all the efforts and all the hard work they do for making music. I'm just stating the obvious fact that not every album can be everyone's favorite.
The British outfit known as Fen have a rather eccentric approach to their music by adding post-rock elements and Dustwalker is a continuation of this formula. The first impression it gives is highly deceptive, as it opens with "Consequence", an enticing bleakness and a great opener. But it's all gonna be downwards from this point, especially for those who expect a lot more violent darkness as it expands through the post-rock territory with the rise of extreme elements on some occasions.
And from this point, I assume a lot of people would be like "Forget it, this is too generic," and "No, I don't like it all," and leave the album. It's all because of what you might expect from the album and if you're reading this, don't expect to hear an all-extreme black metal album, or the rawness of their debut album. It's varied, and it's not really a weak album. It just lacks the ability to give Fen the edge to ascend. But besides that, the production and the performance is really fine and the album doesn't sound too polished for a modern album. Technically, the album stands out as compelling, though far from groundbreaking.
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