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"Let it spill from my mouth, sweet nectar for a thousand young..."—Fields of the Nephilim, "Psychonaut"
Fields of the Nephilim are an English Goth Rock band formed in the early '80s by lead singer Carl McCoy, saxaphonist Gary Whisker, bassist Tony Petitt, guitarist Paul Wright, and drummer Alexander "Nod" Wright. While they never achieved mainstream success, they have a devoted following and have been highly influential on artists within the Goth Rock and Gothic Metal genres. Their last album, Mourning Sun, was released in 2005 with a completely new line-up. They seldom tour these days, mostly playing one-off shows and festivals in Europe.
- Carl McCoy
- John Carter
- Tom Edwards
- Gav King
- Lee Newell
- Paul Wright
- Tony Petitt
- Alexander "Nod" Wright
- Gary Whisker
- Peter Yates
- Dawnrazor (1985)
- The Nephilim (1988)
- Elizium (1990)
- Earth Inferno - Live (1991)
- Fallen (2002)
- Mourning Sun (2005)
- Returning to Gehenna (1987)
- Laura (1986)
- BBC Radio 1 - Live in Concert (1992)
- Revelations (1993)
- From Gehenna to Here (2001)
The band provides examples of:
- Album Title Drop: Elizium
- Concept Album: Elizium
- Cthulhu Mythos: Cthulhu is mentioned in "The Watchmen" and "Psychonaut".
- Epic Instrumental Opener: "Endemoniada"
- Harsh Vocals
- New Sound Album: Mourning Sun is significantly heavier than the previous albums.
- Nice Hat: Carl McCoy's cowboy/top hat is as nice as it gets.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: The band's style and atmosphere is best described as "post-apocalyptic occult zombie cowboys". And it's as awesome as it sounds.
- Non-Appearing Title: Several songs.
- Religion Rant Song: "Chord of Souls"
- Sampling: Dawnrazor and The Nephilim had several soundbites from films, and Elizium had a recording of Aleister Crowley reading his poem "At the Gates of Silent Memory".
- Something Something Leonard Bernstein: Often, exacerbated by the fact that Carl McCoy claims he doesn't write down lyrics.
- Stop and Go: "Preacher Man"
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: "And There Will Your Heart Be Also"