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Album Review

Having built a considerable and passionate fanbase, the Nephilim approached their second album with confidence and a clutch of stunning new songs. The resulting, semi-self-titled release blows away the first by a mile (the art design alone, depicting an ancient, worn book with strange symbols, is a winner), being an elegantly produced and played monster of dark, powerful rock. Even if McCoy's cries and husked whispers don't appeal to all, once the listener gets past that to the music, the band simply goes off, incorporating their various influences — especially a good dollop of pre-Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd (think songs like "One of These Days") — to create a massive blast of a record. Buchanan again produces with a careful ear for maximum impact, whether it be the roaring rage of "Chord of Souls" or the minimal guitar and slight keyboard wash of "Celebrate"; McCoy's vocal on the latter is especially fine as a careful, calm brood that matches the music. Perhaps most surprising about the album is that it yielded an honest-to-goodness U.K. Top 40 hit with "Moonchild," which is very much in the vein of earlier songs like "Preacher Man" but with just enough of a catchier chorus and softer guitar part in the verse to make a wider mark. Though the first part of the album is quite fine, including such longtime fan favorites as "The Watchman" and "Phobia," after "Moonchild" the record simply doesn't let up, building to a fantastic three-song conclusion. "Celebrate" is followed by "Love Under Will," a windswept, gloomily romantic number with a lovely combination of the band's regular push and extra keyboards for effect. "Last Exit for the Lost" wraps everything up on an astonishing high; starting off softly with just bass, synths, one guitar, and McCoy, it then gently speeds up more and more, pumping up the volume and finally turning into a momentous, unstoppable tidal wave of electric energy.

Customer Reviews

The Neph at their flour-coated best

Fields of the Nephilim at the peak of their powers. The songs are better written and produced than on Dawnrazor, and they don't get bogged down in prog-rock the way they do on Elizium (sorry, I know that is sacrilege to some). This record is the perfect mixture of the Nephilim in their hard-driving rock mode (the only thing better than this version of Chord of Souls is the live version of Chord of Souls with an extra verse) and in their more experimental, introspective mode (the absolutely staggering Celebrate). Buy this record, and play it loud--preferably late at night, while driving at unsafe speeds through winding country roads. Nothing any of them have done before or sense reaches the heights of this album. It is flawless.

Dark Age

This is the album I first encountered them by and like a supernatural meeting it has marked and changed me since. Unlike anything you've ever heard they can best be described as Dark Age. The dark & supernatural themes of Heavy Metal but the intricate sound and quality of classical, celtic & new age. A beautiful wasteland. They are winners of Englands most melodic band award several times. Carl's extraordinary deep voice and powerful tone lend strength to the mysticism presented in references to Aleister Crowley, The Necronomicon, Sumeria, Kutulu and many others. In fact many times he comes across as an alluring pied-piperish being of great mysteriousness emerging out of a Lovecraft story and leading you somewhere you can't resist but fear where it may end. The distinct sound and appearance of Fields of The Nephilim is unmistakable. If you are able to find their videos they are especially striking and disturbing. All hail! Note that the release date of 1998 is COMPLETELY wrong. This album came out about 1989 or 1990.

Very Cool

If you took Sisters of Mercy and Klan of Xymox, and added Rick Agnew on guitar from Christian Death you would get this.


Formed: 1984

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

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...
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