Fen turns a corner or, at the very least, changes direction on their fifth release, Of Losing Interest. Their previous creation, while offering prog nuances, ranged from stoner rock to near doom rock. It was a gray and gloomy album. This time you have more heavy rock or metal, melodic and more progish, but still also on the darker side of things.
While not novel, the heavy rock or metal side has roots in earlier material, it is an interesting and entertaining direction. Sometimes the sound, as on Riddled or the title track reminds, of slightly altered, darker, grunge. But mostly the guitar work is more expansive and lively, sometimes breathtaking, across the album. An impressive example comes on Light Up the End. Later, something like Pilot Plant is more slow burning, a return to the melancholy of Trails of Gloom, yet still more vibrant. Then The Glove and the closer, Snake Path, are almost unexpectedly upbeat, even as rockers.
Certainly, Of Losing Interest is different than its predecessor, but not entirely unexpected from Fen. Bring heavier rock, even metal, the album still offers the listener their darker side. Recommended.
Of Losing Interest is different than its predecessor, but not entirely unexpected from Fen. Bring heavier rock, even metal, the album still offers the listener their darker side.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]