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Fields of the Nephilim 1984-2014!

15 Dec

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by Fondas SumerSon

It’s has been 30 years since they came to life… So this was the right time to celebrate… 30 years in dust and shadows!

The 2 anniversary gigs in London’s Sheperd’s Bush Empire, was definitely an event not to be missed by Reanimators Greek Nephs. Tickets were booked since the very first moment of the official confirmation of the this memorable event!

It’s well known that Carl has strong friendship bonds with Vile Vallo, so the selection of HIM as special guests, didn’t seem strange at all. After all, Ville was the one that invited Fields of the Nephilim at Tuska fest in Finland a few years ago, so Carl had to return the favor.

There was a bit of resentment for this choice from hardcore Neph fans, but this was no reason to miss such a glorious event. So, here we go…

Day I: December 5th

Having read what Rob Ferguson wrote, we decided to be outside the venue early, since a lot of people would gather. Both days were sold out. Around 19:00 Dolomite Minor started and played a half an hour set. I can’t say that i was impressed. Their sound was some kind of alternative rock with a doomy touch or something. Not my thing at all, but they achieved to warm up a little bit the audience, at least their friends

After a half an hour break, HIM were on stage for about an hour. There were a lot of people who came at Sheperd’s Bush just for them and this thing proved that the selection of HIM as special guests was a wise move. They played a best of show, including hits from all of their releases. People seemed to enjoy and participate at their show by screaming, clapping & singing along with Valo. Their sound was good and Ville in pretty good shape in terms of vocals. Maybe he wasn’t so active on stage as he usually is, but he seemed to enjoyed the gig. If you ask me, they were good in what they did, but I don’t think that they were the best opening act for these anniversary gigs. Especially since there are so many great UK or international goth bands around, that would love to support the goth giants.

Their setlist:

The Sacrament
Rip Out the Wings of a Butterfly
Right Here in My Arms
The Kiss of Dawn
Buried Alive By Love
Wicked Game (Chris Isaak cover)
Gone With the Sin
Soul on Fire
Poison Girl
The Funeral of Hearts
Razorblade Kiss
When Love and Death Embrace

Exactlly at 21:30, the intro of “Harmonica Man” filled up the speakers and Fields of the Nephilim conquered the stage!
Endemoniada” was the opening track and the mosh pit was on fire! Next up “Preacher Man” and the whole arena of Sheperd’s Bush was moving around like hell. It was one more typical Neph gig with a lot of tower building (The Greek Legion was part of it of course) and full of energy.

The band was giving one of its best live performances. I have seen them around 20 times so far and I can assure you that Carl was at his best. The rest of the band too. Tony was adding his personal touch in every tune with his “huge” bass lines, while the guitarists performed flawlessly. Around the middle of the gig came the big surprise for all of us. There were rumours that they would play some brand new stuff at these gigs, but we didn’t have much hope about it. So somewhere in the middle they started to play a non familiar song. It was time for the official live premier of a brand new tune since 2005! The instrumental/intro “Earthbound” was absolutely out of this world. The track had a pure, mystical “Elizium” touch, with Tony’s great playing that has become a trademark of the Neph sound. If I had to compare it to a known track, I’d say ‘sumerland’. In one word, DIVINE! A few seconds break to catch our breath and ANOTHER new song followed: “Prochecy” (as we fans call it) sounded (album-wise) somewhere between “Zoon” & “Mourning Sun“, while on the same time it reminded of classic tunes like “Βlue Water” or “Chord of Souls”. Powerful track, with melodic guitar breaks and aggressive vocals by Carl. As you might have guessed it caused frenzy to the fans. This song is a live killer, perfect for the typical Nephilim moshing. BUUUUURN! In other words, the Nephilim ARE BACK for good. Prepare for a killer album, worthy of their legacy.

After some more classics like “Moonchild“, “Last Exit for the Lost” & “Psychonaut“, Carl thanked the audience and after some beers and pics with good old friends, we left the venue impressed & impatient for next day’s show. You can never have enough of the Nephilim, can you? Especially if they play new songs, after ten years…

Their setlist:
Intro (The Harmonica Man)
Endemoniada
Preacher Man
Love Under Will
For Her Light
At the Gates of Silent Memory
Zoon III (Wake World)
Dawnrazor
Earthbound (instrumental) [new unreleased song played live for the first time]
Prophecy [new unreleased song played live for the first time]
Moonchild
Last Exit for the Lost
———————–
Psychonaut
Day II: December 6th

The time had come for round II. This time we changed our schedule a bit. Since we were all day out for sightseeing, we decided to get to the venue around 20:00 o’clock. We arrived exactly the time that HIM were on stage. They made their fans happy once again and maybe warmed up (a little bit) some Nephilim fans that were watching their show from distance. They played exactly the same setlist .They were ok once again… nothing more… nothing less…

Their setlist:
The Sacrament
Rip Out the Wings of a Butterfly
Right Here in My Arms
The Kiss of Dawn
Buried Alive By Love
Wicked Game (Chris Isaak cover)
Gone With the Sin
Soul on Fire
Poison Girl
The Funeral of Hearts
Razorblade Kiss
When Love and Death Embrace

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After a small break it was time for some “flour power” once again! Lights turned off and “Shroud” was the opening track this time. Carl came on stage with opened arms and “Straight to the Light” made us move again! Panic all around. The Nephs changed the setlist from their last night show, including “Shroud/Straight to the Light”, “The Watchman”, and “Mourning Sun” and dropped “Endemoniada” and “Love Under Will“. This time they played a little bit longer, including again the new song and the instrumental intro in their set. Needless to say the audience went crazy once again. This time I tried to listen to the songs more carefully, stepping away from the pit for a while, and realized that the new material is very well worked and greatly orchestrated. I am sure that the studio versions will be just amazing. There were a lot of towers again (during Last Exit we built the 3 floor tower made of 7 people) and a lot of moshing. The band gave once again 100% of theirselves and left us all so satisfied. In the following video, which was the closing track of their gig, you can see the Greek Legion building the “Earth inferno-totem-tower“, as we like to call it.

Their setlist:
Shroud (Exordium)
Straight to the Light
Preacher Man
The Watchman
For Her Light
At the Gates of Silent Memory
Zoon III (wake world)
Dawnrazor
Earthbound (instrumental)
Prophecy
Moonchild
Last Exit for the Lost
——————–
Psychonaut
Mourning Sun
Concluding, I would say that I really feel blessed to have attended these two magnificent gigs, that signal a new era of the band and at the same time were a celebration of their legendary history. Also, this was the perfect opportunity for me to celebrate the very special place that The Nephilim hold in my heart. Until the next time… Forever Remain!

 

 
 

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