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Unworthy of the Fields of the Nephilim Name,
This review is from: One More Nightmare (Audio CD)
When I heard the the Neph were reforming (albeit without guitarist Pete Yates), I was really looking forward to hearing some new material. I'd heard the Nefilim's Zoon and thought it was poor industrial-metal, a second-class Ministry. I'd heard Rubicon's albums and thought they sounded great but lacked direction and a focal point.
So, what do we have here? Well, it's got all of Zoon's bad points, none of Rubicon's redeeming features and it's a very embarrassing stain on the Fields of the Nephilim back catalogue.
The two tracks are re-makes from their indie hit EP "Burning the Fields". After Carl McCoy's "Laura's dead" statement (referring to the irrelevance of re-releasing their old material), this is a bit rich.
Half of "Trees Come Down" has been chopped up to become "One More Nightmare". The vocals are replaced by grunting and growling from McCoy (a la Zoon) and Paul Wright's guitar sounds like it's been sampled off the original recording. Cheesy '80s dance record techniques crop up half-way through and the whole thing sounds half-baked.
"Darkcell AD" is even worse. Did Nod Wright actually turn up to the session to record his drums (a highlight of the entire Nephilim experience!)? Again, half the song is missing, replaced by samples and silly noises. I'm all for industrial music, but this is rubbish. There's a synth bass line swimming around at the end as the song tails off to a sorry end.
Apparently, Tony Pettit (bass) and Carl McCoy have been working on this since 1998. If this is the modern Fields of the Nephilim sound, I reckon they should cut their losses now before releasing an album. However, I will buy an album when one finally surfaces in the hope that, between now and then, the band wake up and smell the patchouli.