Stone and Sea

by FEN

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I stand upon the cliff My hands upon the gate Watching the waves below Cause stone to resonate I gaze upon a sea Both raging and at peace I know my place is there When existence will cease Obsidian plateau Stretching from horizon’s singularity Silent save the relentless exhalations Of rending churn that roils Carving, forging, year by year Century by century Generation upon generation All consumed by thy languid embrace Earth at once so hale and solid Yet to dust and echoes falls The caustic breath of time’s malice This permanence appals Granite shoulders rent by slews of time On which men have placed their certainties To sink into the brine In a torpid slew of disinterment This inexorable torrent Relentless Carrying a spirit-swarm on silty eddies Echoes like ghosts drift upon timeless currents Swarming like coils into thy seas Eroded tithes, seabed tombs Shifting sands, translucent auras Under the waves, a labyrinth beheld Murky totems to a lost world In which the drifting remnants of our tribe Sink into the cold embrace of the aether
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Stone & Sea 03:50
(Instrumental)
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In the cold embrace of a crumbling chapel The last gravestone stands and waits Bathed in the aura of a forever setting sun Pitted stone casts a lengthening shadow Screaming winds and whipping brine-spray Give voice to the howls of the lost and drowned They are calling… calling One final forlorn spirit to join them From blackened earth to blacker waters Drowned spirit-realm of ebon No shred of light, no breath of sol Can pierce this clave of the lost Myriad voices, a reverential choir Trembling the very roots of Albion Sonorous this song of woe From a thousand throats forgotten Yet the gravestone still stands Alone and unyielding Crying defiance to the ravenous ocean A totem of will Legacy in stone “Patient we are… waiting… watching… A sky wreathed in flame Above an ocean of glass We walk as one beneath cerulean waves Spectral hands Raising as one Embracing new horizons All is lost Yet nothing is gone United in darkness we see with new eyes Blessing the seabed With echoes of will These eroding canyons our eternal temple Children once walked And mothers once grieved Bearing the wounds of the lost and bereaved All was forgotten In the tithes to the drowned We see yet don’t remember” Upon this dead cliff A final soul dwells One last offering to the yawning waters Closure, finality A siren song of ending

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For over a decade, FEN have steadily developed into one of the most intriguing bands within the UK black metal scene. Often bracketed within the post-black and "shoegaze" movements, the London trio’s sound is actually more unique to themselves – a startling paradox of searing and aggressive paradox within a progressively daring and ambient beauty.

Starting out with a pastoral form of atmospheric black metal on 2009's acclaimed debut The Malediction Fields, the trio's sound has expanded and diversified considerably across five full-length albums to embrace a number of different elements all honed and synthesized into a distinctive, yet captivating, soundscape. In late 2015, the band recorded a three-track EP, entitled Stone and Sea, which was a deliberate hearken back to their older, more explosive, sound whilst retaining the maturity the English trio had developed across the years. The intention was to record something ‘for themselves’, to escape from the album cycle for a time and work on a self-contained piece.

Recorded, produced and re-mastered specifically for vinyl by Greg Chandler (Esoteric, Lychgate, Grave Miasma, Fluisteraars), these tracks take the best aspects of post-rock and black metal and intertwine key elements of traditional folk to create a masterpiece laced with a definite touch of the "epic."

'Stone & Sea' is a tribute to the crumbling coastlines of Eastern England and the spirits that lie restless beneath the waters.

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released March 8, 2019

Recorded, produced and mastered specifically for vinyl by Greg Chandler at Priory Recording Studios in Birmingham, UK. www.prioryrecordingstudios.co.uk

Artwork by Immortalpict Illustration. www.facebook.com/immortalpictillustration

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