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1) Fen is a progressive black metal band inspired by the bleak, esoteric landscapes of Eastern England. They blend aspects of atmospheric black metal, post-rock and folk to express loss, sorrow, exaltation and a sense of ancient pride through music.

The band have released one EP entitled Ancient Sorrow (2007) and six studio albums: The Malediction Fields (2009), Epoch (2011), Dustwalker (2013), Carrion Skies (2014), Winter (2017), and The Dead Light (2019) Read more on

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The Thrash Hits Podcast 020: It’s a question of Britishness

February 15th, 2013

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This week Hugh and Tom Dare sit down to tackle the subject of Britishness in metal, taking care to avoid going on about tedious, tub-thumping, nationalist nonsense, and instead concentrating on some of the more unusual quirks and trends that Britishness has inadvertantly lent to British rock and metal over the years – how it affects not just how bands sound, but how we think about bands, and even how we come to cover certain bands at all in the first place.

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Sunday Slaylist: The New Black (Metal)

March 4th, 2012

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All this week, Tom Dare has been guiding you through how Black Metal has evolved over the course of the last two decades (check out parts one, two, three and four if you haven’t already). Now, as the week draws to a close, we’ve asked Tom to put together the songs that have made it happen into a Spotify Slaylist, and in doing to to lovingly cobble them together in an order that somehow tries to make sense of the wildly differing styles that constitute the genre these days. Wish him luck….

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Album: Fen – Epoch

February 3rd, 2011

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11 February 2011

by Tom Dare

The unassumingly-named Fen were a band being whispered about even before their debut album arrived in 2009. Two years after The Malediction Fields began to infiltrate the British underground, sophomore outing Epoch suggests those whispers may soon start to turn into a roaring chorus of approval. Stylistically Fen might be unlikely to break out of the underground, but their sheer quality is right up in the big leagues.

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