United Kingdom's Fen have returned with a new recording which shows the music going into more of an atmospheric and progressive style of post black metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "The Dying Light" which was released by Prophecy Productions.
Ambient style soundscapes and clean playing starts off the album while elements of post rock are also added into some parts of the recording. All of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them as well as the music also mixing t he heavy and atmospheric parts together.
The riffs also add in a decent amount of melody along with the solos and leads also being done in a very melodic style. Clean vocals are also added into some parts of the recording while spoken word parts can also be heard briefly and a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
Grim black metal screams are also a very huge part of the recording as well as the faster sections of the songs also adding in a decent amount of blast beats and tremolo picking which also gives the music more of a raw feeling. Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
When acoustic guitars are utilized they also give the music more of a progressive feeling along with some songs also adding in a small amount of death metal growls. One of the tracks is also an instrumental and as the album progresses a brief use of whispered vocals can also be heard. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover solitude, sorrow, landscape and nature themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Fen and if you are a fan of atmospheric and progressive post black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Witness" "Labyrinthe Echoes" and "Rendered In Onyx". 8 out of 10.