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An essential album - just buy it!,
This review is from: Fields Of The Nephilim (Audio CD)
It feels very strange but also very fitting that I am reviewing this album 20 years after I bought it as a 19 year old student in 1988. The Nephilim released in September 1988 was the band's second release and is one of those records that completely transcends the years, and today it is only the volume level on the production in comparison to modern CD's that gives away its age. After two decades it still sounds as fresh as the day I bought it, still has the same impact, hence is still listened to regularly. In original vinyl format this album could be viewed in two parts with the A side building from the long introduction of the superb Endemoniada and finishing with the thundering fury of the express train that is Chord of Souls with the excellent Watchman, pounding Phobia and the anthemic Moonchild in between. Side B takes an altogether more mellow feel to it with the almost acoustic and simple Celebrate, the brooding Love Under Will and epic Last Exit for the Lost. On CD these two "movements" are separated by the instrumental track Shiva (the B side to Moonchild) which is not a bad track but is really only a filler to bridge the movements which were the A and B sides of the record.
If you love truly great, original and individual rock music this is it and I guarantee you will not hear anything else like it. The songs and tunes are genius, the musicianship superb, the picked guitar riffs from Paul Wright inspired. Carl McCoy's vocal style fits perfectly with the ambience and general mood of the album and whether you understand his poetic lyrics based upon his beliefs and "interests" in religion and the occult or not it makes no difference, it all just fits together perfectly. It is only in later years and the advent of the internet that I have understood what he is trying to say adding more depth to my love of this album.
It is difficult to find anything more here that has not already been said in the other reviews on Amazon and I implore you to read all of them if you need convincing of peoples passion for this record. Truly an essential album - just buy it! Oh and then go and buy the rest of their back catalogue including the recent Mourning Sun.