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Album Review

Intelligently selected and sequenced, this near-complete overview of Fields of the Nephilim's career, excepting the earliest EPs, is both the best starting point for newcomers to the band as well as convincing evidence for the band's compelling blend of styles and sources into a commanding combination. Nearly all of the hits are here — "Moonchild," "Preacher Man," "Psychonaut" (in its "Lib III" incarnation), "For Her Light," and "Power" — plus a judicious choice of album cuts. "Chord of Souls" and "Watchman" make the grade, though surprisingly neither the album version nor the single take of "Sumerland" appears. Some of the single edits do bear remarkable differences from the album takes. "For Her Light," as an example, gets a calmer mid-song break, while its conclusion consists of Carl McCoy's vocals run backward over a fade of the main melody, instead of the sudden end on Elizium. Generally, though, these are the album cuts as recorded, filling out the CD's length to the max. A wise nod to Earth Inferno appears at the end when the insanely powerful live cut of "Dawnrazor" appears instead of the studio take. Horror novelist Storm Constantine provides appreciative liner notes, detailing the history of the band quite thoroughly and making special note of the Nephilim's awesome live shows and artistic promotional videos. As a further enticement, initial copies included a second bonus disc with a grab bag of B-sides, alternate takes, and other rarities. "Submission Two" is indeed a fairly screwy dub take of the Elizium cut, while the "Contaminated Mix" of "Preacher Man" does its best to turn the original into pounding, industrial, dancefloor filler. "Celebrate (Second Seal)" appears from the "Psychonaut" EP, as does the dramatic "Lib. I" take of "Psychonaut." Album cut "Shiva" and a version of "Moonchild" also crop up, but the hands-down surprise is a cover of Roxy Music's "In Every Dream a Heartache." These musicians acquit themselves with a fine musical performance — their quiet atmospherics in the song's first half are quite lovely — but hearing the gravelly McCoy sing about inflatable dolls and bungalow ranch-style can't help but raise a smile.

Customer Reviews

CELEBRATE, FOR ALL YOU CHANGED ME.

Why this band wasn't one of the mega-popular bands to come out of the 80's goth scene I will never know.
Carl McCoys's vocals are so impressive and the band isn't out for heroics, just playing exactly what the song
needs. If you are afraid to buy the entire album, then please buy Celebrate and Dawnrazor.
That Dawnrazor cut is unbelievable,talk about a band at peak performance.
And the dream quality of Celebrate, with McCoy's whisky soaked lamentations
"for the lesser blessed,
it seems honest here."
One of the few goth records that still holds up.

Missing B Sides

C’mon iTunes, where is the second disc of this album? If nothing else please add “In Every Dream Home A Heartache.” Otherwise this is a solid collection.

Biography

Formed: 1984

Genre: Alternative

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 one of the longest lived of the original goth rock groups, finally breaking up in 1991 when McCoy left for another...
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