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Fields Of The Nephilim

Of all the bands involved in Britain's goth rock movement of the 1980s, Fields of the Nephilim were the most believable. The group's cryptic, occult-inspired songs were sung in a guttural roar by vocalist Carl McCoy. Live appearances were shrouded with dim light and smoke machines, while bandmembers stalked the stage in black desperado gear inspired by western dress. The group was also one of the longest lived of the original goth rock groups, finally breaking up in 1991 when McCoy left for another project.

Fields of the Nephilim formed in 1984, in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, with an original lineup of McCoy, guitarist Paul Wright, his brother Nod on drums, saxophonist Gary Whisker, and bassist Tony Pettitt. The quintet played many live shows and released the EP Burning the Fields in late 1984. Whisker then left the band, just as Peter Yates was added as a second guitarist. Beggar's Banquet, also the home of goth rockers Southern Death Cult and Bauhaus, signed the Nephilim and released the singles "Power" and "Preacher Man" in 1986. Both did well on the independent charts; "Preacher Man" made it to number two, increasing the expectation for debut album Dawnrazor, which appeared in 1987. The album also did well on the indie charts, but later that year Fields of the Nephilim finally cracked the pop singles chart with "Blue Water." In June 1988, second album The Nephilim reached number 12 in the pop charts, while the single "Moonchild" made number 28. A live video titled Forever Remain was also released in 1988.

The May 1989 single "Psychonaut" also cracked the Top 40, but the resulting Elizium (1990) proved to be the group's last studio effort. The live double album Earth Inferno was also released in 1990, and the singles "For Her Light" and "Sumerland (Dreamed)" both charted, but Carl McCoy left the band -- and took the name with him -- in October 1991. Remaining members Yates, Pettitt, and the Wright brothers added vocalist Alan Delaney and released What Starts, Ends (1992) as Rubicon; McCoy formed Nefilim, and began releasing material, including the 1996 album Zoon. Beggar's Banquet issued a two-disc retrospective in 1994 titled Revelations. Nothing was heard from the band until 2002 when Fallen appeared. Although the album looked new, it was a collection of outtakes released without the permission of the band. They truly returned in 2006 with Mourning Sun. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Like an old treacherous bridge I crossed into a world of Fields of The Nephilim.
I am lord of the Darkwave empire!
Doom-Death-G o t h - P r o g - H e a v y Metal pioneers. Dawnrazor filleted me to the bone. Simply put , The Band is Octaves above most !!!
I remember hearing about them in high school. Heard this song, remembering I heard this and had to look at the comments. Heavy Metal and Goth were huge with me. Still is!
interesting
Love. Goth.
Unique sounds and poetic lyrics...and the perfect voice to go with it...
doreenprata7 7 7 9
Love this wonderful gothic band and I think I am going to get up and dance with chrisfri if he's still in the biulding?!
great music!!!!!!! ! ! !
One of the greats!
Whaaaat?! Fields of the Nephilim don't sound like Opeth.
chandirah4
"Hardware" is also due for release on dvd soon, which stars Carl, Iggy (and I think Bowie?) well worth looking out for.

Carl's artwork appears on Andrew COllins' new book cover, Beneath the Pyramids. www.andrewco l l i n s . c o m
chandirah4
The Nephilim are still live and kicking! They have another album due out in 2010! Please check www.fieldsof t h e n e p h i l i m . c o m or their MySpace page for more details.
randy.schrei b e r
hmmmm...Zoon definitely had some harsher vocals and riffing, but they don't list it here. Good album, but a far cry from Opeth IMHO...
I don't think so, there isn't any heavy riffing or harsh vocals (at least in 'Shroud'). Rather it is very mellow with flowing resonant synths. Very Isis-like with a dark, gothic undertone. Excellent arrangement.
sound like opeth. which is a good thing.
There is a movie from 1968 called Once Upon A Time In The West- a truely great speghetti western- that the album The Nephilim does a beautiful tribute to. Gothic cowboys... Hmm
jr872vt90
Good stuff all the way around...the y hit that dark "chord" inside me quite well.
Makes me want to get up and dance. Truly.
dmitchell01
Great band to see live, very dark and hard to see them sometimes. Kind of like when Maynard from Tool would to a whole show with his back to the audience or hiding behind the drum kit. I believe McCoy basically played all the instruments himself and only took the band out since he could not do it onstage himself. Mourning Sun is an entire CD basically of one song, and is fabulous.
I created a radio station off of their song Moonchild and nothing, I thought, too similar came up. They really are original.
Gothic cowboys . . . interesting . . .
erno8
Absolutely Antideluvian , like the first cold wind which swept through eden on the eve of the fall.
kinda like a clean iron maiden and johnny cash on vocals... i like it... but not on and industrial metal station...
created a sisters of mercy station and found more more MORE! this artist is exactly the flavor of the week I've been craving

damn it - I really could have rocked the 80's. (if I wasn't 5 years old)
What a band! Wish I could see them live.

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