United Kingdom's Fen have returned with a new recording that remains true to the atmospheric style of black metal from previous releases and this is a review of their 2017 album "Winter" which will be released in March by Code666 Records.
Distorted guitar sounds start off the album while also adding in an ambient and post rock touch and after awhile acoustic guitars are added onto the recording and also return in some of the later tracks along with some drum beats and melodic singing is also added into certain sections of the recording while black metal screams are utilized mostly.
All of the tracks are very long and epic in length and after awhile the music starts getting very heavy and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and the vocals also add in a small amount of growls while some of the guitars add in clean riffing and elements of doom metal can be heard in the slower sections of the songs.
When the music speeds up a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw black metal feeling and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and when guitar solos are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion and a great amount of shoegaze elements can also be heard throughout the recording along with touches of progressive rock and spoken word parts are also used briefly.
Fen creates another recording that remains true to the atmospheric style of post black metal that they have established on previous releases, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover solitude, sorrow, landscapes and nature themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Fen and if you are a fan of atmospheric post black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Penance" and "Death". 8 out of 10.