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Fen - Biography




An expression of loss and melancholic yearning, the primary goal with Fen is to draw the listener into a windswept and desolate landscape, bereft of hope. The band was born in early 2006 when Grungyn, Theutus and The Watcher came together to create a project that fused the cold rage of black metal with more reflective influences from the post-rock/shoegaze genres. Initially intended as a studio project, the three members quickly found a rich seam of creative inspiration and in the summer of 2006 recorded the three songs that would end up as the Ancient Sorrow EP.

The three members ventured forth into the live arena in 2007 and during this period, Draugluin joined the ranks to provide synths and additional vocals. In early 2007, the band were contacted by Northern Silence Productions who expressed interest in releasing the Ancient Sorrow EP on both CD and vinyl. This offer was gratefully accepted and in October 2007, Ancient Sorrow was released to great acclaim within the underground.

2007 and 2008 saw Fen play live with some of the most respected names within the black metal scene, sharing the stage with acts such as Negură Bunget, Agalloch, Dornenreich and Skyforger. The band swiftly caught the attention of Code666 Records who signed the band for the release of their debut album, The Malediction Fields which was released in January 2009. Reactions to the album have been almost overwhelmingly positive with Archaic Magazine declaring "if this band can keep up this sort of quality then I feel that we have a UK rival to the throne bands like Enslaved and Primordial have occupied for so long" whilst Metal Review simply stated that "the bar for 2009 has officially been set.".

Early 2010 saw Æðelwalh replace Draugluin on keyboards & backing vocals. Armed with this latest line-up, the band embarked on a well-received tour in support of Negură Bunget in the Spring of 2010 before commencing the recording of their second album Epoch. A darker, more involved expression than the previous record, Epoch is due for release at the end of 2010.