Thursday, May 26, 2005

earth inferno

Just look at these dudes. You do not want to fuck with them! Guaranteed they have some sort of six-shooter aimed at your heart even now. They are the dark demonic rock of the desolate apocalyptic wild west! 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 Sisters were about starvation diets, stormy nights and napalm. Fields Of The Nephilim, heavily inspired by Ennio Morricone's epic movie 'Once Upon A Time In The West', are more to do with heat and solitude and wide open spaces, and going for days without water. By the mid 80s the Nephilim were signed to Beggars Banquet, the home of Bauhaus and the Southern Death Cult. Preacher Man was their break-out single in 1986 from the album Dawnrazor. By their next album, their sound had opened up considerably with chiming guitars and etherealness abound. Further explorations of occult themes and lyrics permeate everywhere. Somehow, the single Moonchild managed to chart well in the British independent charts. Their next LP, Elizium, found the band finally making the album of their career. A fully realised epic album with tracks bleeding into one another and with a sound and depth not commonly found in the realms of "goth" music. Truly a one-of-a-kind group never to be duplicated. Be sure to play the bottom three tracks back-to-back-to-back in a playlist to get the true feel of the blended tracks from the album.

Fields of the Nephilim - Preacher Man
Fields of the Nephilim - Moonchild
Fields of the Nephilim - For Her Light
Fields of the Nephilim - At The Gates Of Silent Memory
Fields of the Nephilim - (Paradise Regained)


At 2:50 PM, Blogger guanoboy said...

I haven't heard these guys in


At 3:47 PM, Blogger 20jazzfunkgreats said...

This is like the worst Sisters of Mercy rip off i every heard, omg!

I'm scared.

Goths are funny, we have one in our village and i always want to go talk to him and make friends, as long as he doesn't make me listen to this or The Mission.

At 9:24 AM, Anonymous andreas said...

thank you so much for that posting. didn't listen to the fields for years. it reminds me of the times when i was 16 :))

no need to be scared. :)
most goths are very kind people...

At 6:12 PM, Blogger 20jazzfunkgreats said...

My freind Laura is a goth and a few other friends came out as ex-goths.

We get on well with dark electronic 70s and 80s stuff, but that guitar sound is so not my thing.

Were thinking about having a goth fancy dress party, but i'd have to go as death/doom/black metal goth Varg Vikernes of Burzum.

At 8:46 PM, Blogger erik said...

Here is real life college story on this band.

Phil sees Ted's copy of FON and Phil says "wow you are cool, I want this LP so bad but I do not have enough to buy it. I love this band and you have really great taste in music."

Ted says he is sorry that he bought it since its really cheezie.

Phil asks for the record, Ted says no but makes Phil a copy of it.

A month later Phil goes Ted after listening the LP for a month and says "Ted your right this is kinda cheezy.

Ted looks at Phil in disbelief.

Since that time Ted decided to give it another listen and it grew on him allot. He now really like the FON after all.

about a month later Ted and Phil only listen to sonic youth...

At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Fields of the Nephilim. Some great tunes some pretty poor to be honest. But it always brings a mist ta me eyes when I think of em.

Long Live Carl McCoy

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