Fields of the Nephilim are an English Goth Rock band formed in the early '80s by lead singer Carl McCoy, saxophonist 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, as well as artists completely outside of the "goth" label, with Nergal of Black / Death Metal band Behemoth being a one-time live member. 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 (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."
- Epic Rocking: SO MUCH. "Last Exit for the Lost," "At the Gates of Silent Memory," "Submission," and "Sumerland (What Dreams May Come)" are all over 8 minutes long — in fact, the last is over 11 minutes! Listing all the songs in the 6-8 minute range would take too long...
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Carl's on the cover of Dawnrazor.
- Harsh Vocals
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Usually in the 4-6 range — they rock a bit harder than most Goth bands. They also have a number that fall into the 2-3 range, and the instrumental intro "(Dead But Dreaming)" is a 1 (it's all synths). Some of the longer songs can run the gamut of the aforementioned levels of the scale, as well.
- Neo Classical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Can be described as "Bauhaus — meets — Motörhead — meets — Ennio Morricone, with a little Pink Floyd thrown in on the side."
- Nephilim: Well, it's in their name, after all.
- New Sound Album: Mourning Sun is significantly heavier than the previous albums.
- The same applies to the Zoon album by the side-project band Nefilim.
- 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."
- Surreal Music Video: Most of them, but Psychonaut Lib III is probably the most Mind Screwing of all, featuring juxtaposed religious and military iconography and Carl being subjected to the Sundance.