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With their fifth full-length album “Winter” set for release on Aural Music/code666  on the 10th March,  and the first track to be debuted having caused a considerable stir amongst press and fans, Atmospheric Black Metallers FEN have posted a video for a second track from the album.

Produced by FEN bassist Grungyn, the video for II (Penance)  is a combination of scenes filmed during the winter in the mysterious and evocative landscapes that make up the Fens of Eastern England, interspersed with both live and rehearsal footage of the band – un-posed and unvarnished. It is, according to FEN, “A document of a band committed to true sincerity of performance, truly channelling the essence of their music“.  It can be seen below and on FEN’s YouTube channel at

Frontman, The Watcher, explains that “Whilst accompanying the second track from ‘Winter’, the video does, in many ways, symbolise much of the overarching themes of the album. Specifically, it visually represents the journey and landscapes described throughout much of the album – fenland and moors dusted in wintry hoarfrost, peat bogs misting in the blaze of the winter sun and above all of it, the cathedral drawing ever-nearer. In line with the title of the track, this embodies our Penance – a monolithic totem exuding dread promise and revelation“.

Since the their formation in early 2006 FEN’s trademark sound of Atmospheric Black Metal, which incorporates elements of post-rock,  has seen the band rise on the wave of  a resurgence within the  UK Black Metal scene.  And with “Winter” FEN have produced their most ambitions, and yet most fundamental expression to date.   In fact, it could be said that FEN have returned to the very beginnings of their ideology in order to invoke the atmosphere of bleak reflection and ancient sorrow that envelops the Fens, from whence the band originated, and from where they draw their inspiration.  As The Watcher explained recently commented about the album:

“With ‘Winter’ we wanted to ‘return to the roots’ of the band so to speak but not in the clichéd, nostalgic way many bands do – instead, we wanted this record to represent the ‘essence’ of Fen in terms of tone, atmosphere and above all concept. This album therefore very much describes a journey towards sanctity and redemption across a landscape steeped in mystery, hints of forgotten darkness and sorrows long since drowned in the distant past. It represents the culmination of over 18 months of writing and rehearsing, pushing ourselves harder and harder as musicians – it is a lengthy and self-indulgent record for which we make no apology. Indeed, it is a fitting tribute to mark ten years of the existence of Fen.”

Rich in sound, beguilingly delicate,  and yet laced with darkness,  the six-track “Winter” is a colossal piece of work where atmospheric Black Metal and delicate, spacious cleans,  have been melded with aspects of 70s Progressive Rock, Shoegaze and Doom Metal, making ‘Winter’ an involving and immersive experience.

Produced by Jaime Gomez Arellano at the Orgone Studios in London (ULVER, ALTAR OF PLAGUES, GRAVE MIASMA, PRIMORDIAL, SOLSTAFIR), “Winter”  will be available in Standard CD, Double Black Vinyl limited to 300 copies, and Digital formats.  In addition there will also be available a Special Collectors Box limited to 199 copies which will include the standard CD, an additional bonus CD, the DLP with Side A/Side B in a smashed splatter effect of transparent aquamarine and opaque cream, an exclusive T-shirt and poster, and a certificate of authenticity signed by the band.   On the strength of the first track debuted, the Collectors Box is on the verge of selling out well ahead of its release date.

With artwork by Grungyn, tracklisting for “Winter” is as follows:

I (Pathway)
II (Penance)
III (Fear)
IV (Interment)
V (Death)
VI (Sight)

Bonus (available on all the Limited formats):

I The Keening Soils
II Sight (Reprise)
III Penumbral Whispers
IV Temples Beyond the Shoreline


“Winter” is now available to pre-order in all versions at

The recently debuted track I (Pathway) can be heard below and at

More information about FEN can be found on the band’s Facebook page at


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With their appearance in London at the end of last year having sold out almost immediately, Norwegian Black Metallers TAAKE have announced that they will return to the UK to play the following four dates in April alongside UK favourites FEN and DE PROFUNDIS.  Due to other upcoming commitments FEN are unable to do the London show and will be replaced by WINTERFYLLETH

Thu 6 April, The Exchange, Bristol
Fri  7 April, The Dome, London (Winterfylleth will be filling in for Fen at this show)
Sat 8 April, The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
Sun 9 April, Ivory Blacks, Glasgow

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With over two decades of experience, both in the studio and on the stage, TAAKE, or more precisely,  the band’s formidable founder and frontman Hoest, has acquired almost legendary status.  Never abandoning the origins of Norwegian Black Metal, Hoest still manages to innovate and surprise fans the world-over, and, in a long-lasting collaboration with Dark Essence Records, consistently produces albums that are considered to be classics in their genre.

Hoest’s powerful persona and mesmerising stage presence makes TAAKE much sought after on the live circuit, with 2017 already gearing up to be as busy as the previous year.   As well as the four UK dates have already been confirmed for various festival appearances over the coming year.

More information about TAAKE can be found on the band’s website at or on their Facebook page at

TAAKE’s music can be heard on Bandcamp at

The official video for the track “Nordbundet” from the TAAKE album “Noregs Vaapen” can be seen below and at




Formed in early 2006 with the goal of producing Atmospheric Black Metal that incorporates elements of post-rock,  FEN have, since then, found themselves at the vanguard of a resurgent UK Black Metal scene.  With an EP, four full length albums, several splits and compilations, two European tours and numerous appearances at prestigious festivals under their belts, FEN’s fifth full-length album “Winter”, which is set for release on Aural Music on the 17th March,  is  the band’s most ambitious, and yet most fundamental expression, yet.   FEN recently debuted a track from the album, on the strength of which two limited edition versions of “Winter” are already close to being sold out more than a month before release date.  The track “I (Pathway)” can be heard below and at

More information about FEN can be found on the band’s Facebook page at

FEN’s music can be heard on BandCamp at

The official video for the track “Menhir – Supplicant” from FENs 2014 album “Carrion Skies” can be seen below and at




DE PROFUNDIS started life in 2005 playing a haunting blend of Doom and Death metal, but, by 2010, whilst still retaining the sombre, melodic atmosphere the band’s sound became much more progressive in nature.  Now, after  years of honing their art, the sound of DE PROFUNDIS has been streamlined into concise, technical cacophonies that fuse ferocious Blackened Death metal with ethereal progressive overtones.  DE PROFUNDIS’ extensive stage experience guarantees that this tour will be one too good to miss.

More information about DE PROFUNDIS can be found at  and on the band’s website at

DE PROFUNDIS’ music can be heard at

The official video for the track “All Consuming” from DE PROFUNDIS’ 2015 album “Kingdom of the Blind” can be seen below and at



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