on 7 April 2010
There is something beyond the doom laden baritone vocals and garbled lyrics on this classic album , what is it i wonder,well its the sound of a talented young band at the peak of its powers.
Dual guitars slice through the sometimes limited vocals and create walls of sound and atmosphere, there is a whole lotta english melancholy at the heart of this brilliant album.
Singles "Moonchild" and "The Watchman" are examples of what this band could do if the wanted to creep into the charts but its the longer,more experimental pieces that hold the attention, the slow building "Endemoniada" and the lively "Love Under Will".
So much gothic rock from the mid-80's has either been forgotten,neglected or lampooned but this LP shows where gothic rock could go, the 'Fields never made it much further than this but this stands alongside the Sisters of Mercy and above The Mission as a goth classic.
on 8 January 2011
This is their best album, and a wonderful album it is too. Sublime dark tones throughout, but what I really love about this particular album is it's hypnotic flavour - some dreamy and beautifuly crafted tunes here. They stand alone doing their own thing the best that they can.
on 28 February 2011
One of my absolute favourite albums of all time, though could do with a remastered version - sounds a quiet and muffled compared to a lot of recent re-releases (by Killing Joke, The The, U2, etc.).
on 28 March 2002
This album combines 'gothic' haunting vibes with quick, fast metal riffs and drums. The best of both worlds. By far the best song on the album has to be moonchild which starts slow and melodic and then just takes off, a wonderful ride of a song.
This song alone tempted me to buy the album and i've been a firm 'fields of the nephilim' fan ever since. A definate five stars to this album despite the only ever so slighty disappointing song 'chord of souls'. Although over all a truly magnificent album.
on 30 January 2003
Its my pleasure to comment on this album. Ok, first things first, if you dont like this album, you dont like real Rock music. Clear? Good. This is an album that transcends the goth imagery of the Fields origins and emerges as an absolute musical masterpiece that stands up head and shoulders above every alt. rock record ever made, alongside Within The Realm of a Dying Sun by Dead Can Dance and Disintergration by The Cure. It is THAT good. In laymans, its a cross between The Doors, classic Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd and if you have tendencies towards dark, elegant albeit unsettling music then this will soon become your favourite album of all time. No questions people.