Fields of the Nephilim is a gothic rock band, active throughout the 1980s. They formed in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK in 1984. Carl McCoy, Gary Whisker, Tony Pettit and brothers Paul Wright and Alexander ‘Nod’ Wright were the starting lineup. Peter Yates joined by the time of their first release, replacing Gary Whisker.
The band’s name refers to magnetic fields and the biblical Nephilim race. Their sound was innovative in the gothic scene, incorporating heavy metal elements to make a hard, bass and guitar driven sound underneath McCoy’s growled vocals. Lyrically, they incorporated mystical themes, especially relating to Sumerian Mythology, Hebrew Mysticism, and Aleister Crowley.
Their debut release the “Burning the fields EP” was released in 1985 showing the raw power and melody that began to earn them a big underground following. They signed to Beggars Banquet in 1986 to release “Power” and “Preacher Man”. Both singles were alternative rock hits, and “Dawnrazor”, their debut album did similarly well. “Dawnrazor” was a powerful, albeit standard gothic rock collection of modern horror-film themed songs, standout songs were “Dust” (a live favourite), “Vet for the Insane” a quieter melodic showcase for Yates’ guitar and McCoy’s gruff, dramatic vocals, and the powerful ten minute title-track.