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Let’s start the new week with an exclusive stream, shall we. English black metallers Fen have been quite the busy bees since bursting onto the scene with their 2007 EP Ancient Sorrow. Since then, counting Carrion Skies, they’ve proceeded to write four fell-length albums in the span of five years. Dustwalker, their 2013 studio offering, finally showed what the band were really capable of and what their EP hinted at – the album presented a thoroughly satisfying mix of black metal, folk and post-rock that didn’t sound derivative in the least. Fen had really come into their own as a group. Luckily they haven’t stopped there and in 2014, with Carrion Skies, they look to carry the momentum further, with the new album featuring towering highs and zero lows. It is just that good, and one of the more unique black metal albums of 2014 to boot. Fen have definitely found a sound in the folk/black metal spectrum that has only one name written on it – their own. Carrion Skies will be released on November 22 in Europe, and on December 2 in North America, but starting from today, Sputnikmusic has a chance to stream Fen’s new opus ahead of its official release.

If you find that the aural description “twilight descending upon empty heathland and the cries of the crows that wheel in the bunching stormclouds” reads like it could translate into some excellent music, then look no further and doubt no longer, since Fen are here to quench your thirst for epic black metal.

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Metalstyles
11.17.14
Seriously, guys, this is one of the coolest atmospheric BM albums to come out this year and it deserves your undivided attention.

Voivod
11.17.14
Will check, thanks for the post Magnus!

Deviant.
11.18.14
Nice work dude

Metalstyles
11.18.14
Thanks Dev, check this out, it's really atmospheric and could really easily appeal to you.

To everyone else: after some technical difficulties, we're back online!

Atari
11.18.14
I love atmospheric bm/folk but for some reason I haven't given Fen a proper go. About to change that, nice post!

Metalstyles
11.18.14
Thanks Atari, check this one right here - some of the passages are just delicious.

ExplosiveOranges
11.19.14
Magnus, I swear to god that only you and Dev keep the poor blog alive nowadays, haha. Might give this a listen if I get the chance.

DarkNoctus
11.19.14
this band just keep getting better with time

Tyrael
11.19.14
Noctus m/

Metalstyles
11.19.14
Agreed, to me they really broke out with their last effort, and this sounds even better. Will be high up in my end of the year list.

DarkNoctus
11.19.14
gathering the stones is fucking killer, god damn

i can see this being played a lot in the next few months

Atari
11.19.14
listened in full a couple times and it's pretty cool. Nowhere near my favorite bm release of the year, but I'm at least interested in them now at the very least

Crysis
11.20.14
oh shit had no idea this was coming out

Keyblade
11.20.14
Damn I didn't even know about this, sweet. I feel like this band is slowly moving towards something special, but something holds them back on each release. Hope they get it right this time

Keyblade
12.02.14
Think they've finally got it this time.

Totengott
12.02.14
Their best so far, in my opinion.

RonnieRadke
12.02.14
cool now we have exclusive stuff

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