Monday, December 7, 2009

Fields of the Nephilim - The Nephilim

10/10

The albums by the original lineup of Fields of the Nephilim are amazingly consistent, but I'd have to say that this confusingly-titled entry is my favorite of the bunch (if just by a hair). This is largely due to the strength of two tracks. The first, "Moonchild," actually cracked the British Top 40, it's a bit more melodic than some of the other songs here, but it's still moody as hell (the "Mooooonchild" chant at the beginning is cheesy but effective) The other is "Celebrate," which manages to be incredibly atmospheric despite being just bass and vocals for the majority of its running time (with some effectively used wind noises here and there); it reminds me more than a little of "1959" by the Sisters of Mercy.
Other impressive songs include "Phobia," which wouldn't sound too out of place on a Motorhead album (Carl McCoy's voice is about as rough-sounding as Lemmy's, even if the similarities stop there) and the ten-minute "Last Exit for the Lost," which wanders a bit but gets really great when it speeds up at the end. If you find anything gothic overblown and silly, you're still not going to like this, but The Nephilim is well worth checking out for everyone else.

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