REVIEW OF "FALLEN"
Fields Of The Nephilim disappeared in 1991. It was a dark, crappy day. Something died in us that day: something that our heart carried in secret - a flame which would otherwise have burned eternally. The voice of Carl McCoy is the quintessence of the band. It haunted us in the nights that followed the news release. We'd lost an essential point of reference. We consoled ourselves with the memories of the past and we did not mourn. But after a time, it became necessary to resign ourselves that they were gone.
McCoy reappeared in our lives with his side-project, The Nefilim. There were somany difficulties and delays, that it seemed to be only a flickering light of hope that would never get us to our desired destination. "Zoon" appeared to have only vague connections with the former universe of Fields. Nevertheless, it announced the firm resolve of it's creator to cast anchor in the depths of darkness and cruel despair. Where "Elizium" had revealed an atmospheric, intimate glance at Fields, its successor re-opened our deepest wounds. The heavy guitars of "Zoon" gave birth to a new ultra-violent apocalypse, from which there was no coming back. For five years, the rumours abounded. We knewthe Fields had reunited, but waited on the official announcements of it for a long time. There were rumours of the departure of some of the original members(confirmed by the presence on the festivals in 2000 of the guitarist and the drummer of Nefilim). Then, there was the finalization of the demos for the album announced in 1998. Since that time, there has been nothing. Regularly, Fields made the "brief" headlines in the columns of the trade publications, which were desperate for some kind of verification. Now, the resurrection is acertainty.
On October 7th, 2002, Fields Of The Nephilim will be reborn. "Fallen" is ambitious. It is the fourth album from the group in a career spanning seventeen years. It is a new start, that most certainly kicks off with an impression of colossal power. McCoy designs this new beginning as being a meeting place between the original universe of the Fields, and the experiment begun with the Nefilim. McCoy has definitely turned his writing to a heavy-metal universe. What is here is harder than any piece released in the initial effort of the Nefilim, "Zoon."
Every detail that makes up "Fallen" presents an identity which suits McCoy. In its fashion, it offers us the constants we've come to expect: the very hard bass sound that is characteristically Tony Pettitt; and enormous rhythm guitarsborrowing largely from the "Zoon" period, that build on what we've heard in "Subsanity." Rapid-fire guitars give a bright, clear light over this heavy foundation and create atmospheres close to those of "Elizium." The songs, "From the Fire", "Thirst," and "Deeper" have some heavy-duty percussion. The heaviest is on "Fallen," which is a percussive tour de force. We get the opportunity to catch our breath in the lilting waves of "Hollow Doll." This is something between a psychedelic ballad and acerbic Goth - an organized ebb and flow of biting melancholy.
McCoy's voice is at the top of his art, still leading the 'hostilities' with a master's touch. The introduction "Dead To The World," returns us to familiar ground and appears as the primary motif of the album. His voice remains the main trademark of the Fields. It still has the terrific ability to assault us, even more than it did in 1991 and 1996. The Fields have found a new identity, and redefined the beauty of their creation. It would seem to be the desire to be reborn, made flesh. The release is too short (barely forty minutes), and contains both songs that came from the single released in 2000, "One More Nightmare" ("Trees Come Down AD" and "Darkcell AD"). "Fallen" nevertheless makes us happy to be reunited with them. It is frustrating to see the group abandon the abstract perspective and the extensive instrumental formats which crafted the dark and psychedelic charm of "Elizium." But we won't sulk about it. Fields is more alive than ever, and behind the faces that fade, the spirits still watch. Let us hope it is forever.
Translated by Dragon.