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Fields of the Nephilim - Mourning Sun

Label: SPV
Format: CD
Released: 2006
Reviewed By: Kevin Alba

I have to admit I had not heard of this band until Behemoth covered their song ‘Penetration’ on their latest "Slaves Shall Serve" EP. I was surprised to learn this band has been making music since the early 1980’s. The direction of the music is gothic rock all the way with some metal and industrial elements with a haunting vocal delivered by Carl McCoy. The opening selection ‘Shroud (Exordium)’ is an interesting mixture of sounds and instruments that actually put me into a daze (strange how certain music can do that to you). This arrangement sets the mood for what is to come.


The music throughout the album can be described as interesting and unique. The vocal delivery just doesn’t quite do it for me and I have heard this style of vocal done better before. I can see ‘Xiberia (Seasons in the Ice Cage)’ appealing to fans of Nine Inch Nails. ‘She’ makes me think of a song being played while having a nightmare I just can’t wake up from.

Overall I will say this is an creative band and I can see how an extreme death metal band such as Behemoth would be influenced by them.

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