Fields Of The Nephilim – London, Kentish Town Forum – 22 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Tuesday, 02 January 2018 12:45

Fields Of The Nephilim posterThe stars weren’t quite aligned for goth legends Fields Of The Nephilim’s ‘Saturnalia’ winter solstice celebration this year, as due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’ the show had to be moved one day after the solstice to the 22nd of the month. That of course did not dampen the spirits of the Nephilim faithful one bit, and tonight they’re out in force at Kentish Town’s Forum for the band’s only UK show of this year.


My overriding memory of Fields Of The Nephilim dates back to the Reading Festival in the late 80’s, although it’s more to do with their fans than the band. Two enthusiastic Nephilim fanatics pitched tents next to us and once tents were successfully erected, proceeded to break out two packets of finest McDougalls flour and liberally sprinkle it over each other for that authentic ‘dusty’ Nephilim look. Such is the fierce loyalty of the Nephilim fan, they were probably here tonight, although evidence of flour sprinkling was thin on the ground off stage at least.


The sound at this venue can be a bit dodgy and unpredictable, but there are no such problems tonight as the sound is loud, clear and booming from the off as the band peer through the billowing dry ice for ‘At the Gates of Silent Memory’.


As I mentioned, a Nephilim audience is fiercely loyal and adoring of Carl McCoy and his band and the reception they receive is huge from start to finish. Perhaps not surprisingly it’s the older ‘Dawnrazor’ tunes like ‘Dawnrazor’ itself and ‘Moonchild’ that get the biggest reception and singalongs, fitting as that debut album is 30 years old this year. Last year’s excellent ‘Prophecy’ single, however, proves that it is far from just nostalgia with this band. That also gets a massive sing along, and is amongst the most potent performances of the night. ‘Psychonaut’, another classic single, is a highlight for me, delivered against a backdrop of intense strobe lighting not for the faint hearted.


Another highlight is undoubtedly the epic ‘Mourning Sun’, which closes the set in monumental fashion. The band return for two encores, with the second delivering the appropriately titled ‘Celebrate’ to wrap the evening up in perfect fashion.


It may have been a day late this year, but Fields Of The Nephilim’s winter solstice celebration delivered an immensely powerful and intense set to an adoring audience. Long may it continue.


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