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Fields of the Nephilim


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Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK (1984 – 1991, 1998 – present)

Fields of the Nephilim is a band, active throughout the 1980s. They formed in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK in 1984. Carl McCoy, Gary Whisker, Tony Pettit and brothers Paul Wright and Alexander ‘Nod’ Wright were the starting lineup. Peter Yates joined by the time of their first release, replacing Gary Whisker.

The band’s name refers to magnetic fields and the biblical Nephilim race. Their sound was innovative in the gothic scene, incorporating heavy metal elements to make a hard, bass and guitar driven sound underneath McCoy’s growled vocals. Lyrically, they incorporated mystical themes, especially relating to Sumerian Mythology, Hebrew Mysticism, and Aleister Crowley.

Their debut release the “Burning the fields EP” was released in 1985 showing the raw power and melody that began to earn them a big underground following. They signed to Beggars Banquet in 1986 to release “Power” and “Preacher Man”. Both singles were alternative rock hits, and “Dawnrazor”, their debut album did similarly well. “Dawnrazor” was a powerful, albeit standard gothic rock collection of modern horror-film themed songs, standout songs were “Dust” (a live favourite), “Vet for the Insane” a quieter melodic showcase for Yates’ guitar and McCoy’s gruff, dramatic vocals, and the powerful ten minute title-track.


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  • Finnegannon

    Elizium is perfect, FOTN are amazing, Carl McCoy is a legend <3

    12 Jul 2:39pm Reply
  • My_Dark_Angel

    Great band! Thanks to this band I love 80's gothic rock music.

    10 Jul 8:36am Reply
  • DemonsGates

    I impressed myself when, without even seeing a picture of the line up, I mentally linked Hardware (1990) to this band somehow. Well surprise, surprise, it was there front man at the beginning of that movie.

    17 Jun 11:09pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    готик-группа первого эшелона, почему они не настолько почитаемы, как bauhaus или sisters of mercy -одному богу известно

    14 May 2:43pm Reply
  • Parabellum13x

    Unintentional Dark Tower soundtrack.

    2 May 8:37pm Reply
  • carolpaolars

    Mourning Sun is AMAZING!

    19 Apr 3:02am Reply
  • BobiScarecrow

    Anyone heard anything about a follow up to Mourning Sun?

    7 Mar 5:30pm Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    Their live albums are amazing, two of the best live albums ever released imo.

    3 Mar 10:59pm Reply
  • garynotrashcoug

    My first encounter with them was when whatever label was importing and promoting Dawnrazor over here in the States. I got a free promo flexi from my local record store and the label was billing them as "Spaghetti Metal". LOL

    23 Feb 2:52am Reply
  • LeCoinNawak

    Elizium and The Nephilim are both amazing albums... wish I could have gone to see them back in the days.

    21 Feb 10:55am Reply
  • sundayborn13

    "Elizium" is a masterpiece

    1 Feb 10:37am Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    "Elizium" is truly one of the absolutely most beautiful albums I have ever heard....

    30 Jan 1:25am Reply
  • defnoob

    Wow, Dawnrazor is really good..

    18 Jan 7:57am Reply
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  • Alice_in_pains

    @DaveDarkWave, the Mission was the first.

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • kingcrabbie

    Can't believe something good came out of Stevenage

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • residuo_poetico

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    Great stuff

    21 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Neue_regel_

    "Elizium" (1990), a total atmospheric masterpiece. Probably their best. This also reflects on the above charts here. " For Her Light , At the Gates of Silent Memory, Wail Of Sumer, And There Will Your Heart Be Also, Sumerland (What Dreams May Come). " That's still 5 Elizium tracks off the Top-12 here, quite a lot for a 23-year old insurmountable album.

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • OceanGypsy666

    Their music hits something in the pit of the stomach. Possibly a dead soul?

    5 Jul 2013 Reply
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