FEN / DE ARMA Split, Towards The Shores Of The End, Out February 15th on Nordvis Produktion
After two years FEN return once again with four magnificent tracks of well-composed melancholy. With a breathtaking sound that dives into fathomless oceans and sweeps endless horizons this is without doubt one of their strongest and most promising compositions up to date..
..DE ARMA follows close behind, taking you on a solitary journey into oblivion. Delivering three tracks of a more straight forward approach, from monotone grey to groovy elements and into the dark. Be sure to experience this release because if you don’t, you will miss out on an fantastic voyage!
“Towards the Shores of the End has high quality tracks from a band that has already made a name for themselves and stunning arrangements from a group that is relatively unknown but is sure to become better known as the year progresses.” – CosmoGaming.com
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 embark on 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 three songs that would end up as the Ancient Sorrow EP.
The three members began to embark on a series of live shows in 2007 and during this period, Draugluin joined the ranks. 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. During this period Fen played shows with key acts such as Agalloch, Skyforger and Negura Bunget, earning a reputation for intense and emotional performances. 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 and swiftly garnered very positive reviews.
Early 2010 saw Æðelwalh replace Draugluin on keyboards & backing vocals. Armed with this latest line-up, the band spent the Spring touring with Negura Bunget before commencing the recording of their second album Epoch.
Formed as a idea in 2009 by A. (Also known from the now-defunct Armagedda and Whirling) and later developed to a side-project, De Arma translates to “The Poor; The Poor Ones” and its music is built upon dreaming, soundscapes and atmospheres with varying vocal performances.