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Myrkur / Fen

Live Review

Venue: Underworld, London

A night of ethereal and eviscerating enchantment

Less appreciated here than internationally, UK trio FEN [8] remain one of the more important ‘post-black metal’ outfits.

 Tonight is a reminder of just how caustic they are when compared to their peers, the ebb and flow between their slower, more introspective passages and the fierce blackened parts comparable to Winterfylleth, but with even more contrast between the uses of moody atmosphere and outright aggression. MYRKUR [8] also utilise black metal elements without tying themselves to the genre. However, this project – and more specifically its central creative force – has proved so divisive, drawing both love and hatred, that it’s almost impossible to objectively quantify. Even if Myrkur aren’t as groundbreaking as some fans might believe – there is a heavy nod to Bergtatt-era Ulver – you can hardly say that a wealth of groups are doing anything similar. 

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