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Elizium - 30th Anniversary Edition
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Vinyl, 11 December 2020
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- Product Dimensions : 31.7 x 30.99 x 0.79 cm; 295.97 Grams
- Manufacturer : Beggars Banquet
- Manufacturer reference : BBQ 2183 LP
- Original Release Date : 2020
- Label : Beggars Banquet
- ASIN : B08KWV8YWM
- Number of discs : 1
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Formed in 1984, Fields of the Nephilim is the creation of vocalist and front man Carl McCoy. Highly influential, especially in the world of goth, but also within the metal and electronic genres, their legacy endures to this day. You can hear their influence on bands like Swans, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Explosions In The Sky, Wolves in The Throne Room, Behemoth and more. Carl McCoy has even been called the “Uncle" of black metal. Beggars Arkive now release a 30th anniversary vinyl reissue of their third highly acclaimed album Elizium, originally released by Beggars Banquet in 1990. Recorded and produced by Pink Floyd engineer Andy Jackson, the audio is via analogue transfer to 96khz/24 bit by John Dent at Loud, with vinyl mastering by Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road.
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To the album, then, and from the moody, swirly intro of “(Dead but Dreaming)”, across the linked rocker “For Her Light”, into the expansive “At the Gates of Silent Memory”, to the kick of “Paradise Regained”, you can hear this is a band at their peak taking goth (all the songs are about death) and progressive rock (segued sections, overarching album concept) and building something amazing and beautiful - and that’s just on the opening piece!
The psychedelia of “Submission” with its wobbly dub bass verses and wild wah-wah solos shows the diversity of their abilities and “Summerland” is a sprawling, driving epic of Floydian proportions.
The contemplative ^Wail of Sumer”, with its aching segued finale “And There Will Your Heart Be Also” round out the album on a perfect way, as the lead character’s soul submits to its fate, loosens its earthly grip and drifts into Elizium. Yes, it does sound overblown and self-important when described that way (this is a band named after a biblical race of human and fallen angel offspring, after all!), and the proggy, billowing sound of the album may have put off fans of their earlier harder-edged, punk-fuelled spaghetti-goth, but it’s a towering work, steeped in singer Carl McCoy’s obsession with the occult and Sumerian mythology. Alongside Paul Wright’s inventive arpeggios, Peter Yates’ immersive soundscapes, Tony Pettit’s alternately gallopping and spacious basslines and Nod Wright’s ever-excellent drumming, McCoy gives his most convincing, heartfelt and accessible vocal performance ever.
By the time the needle hits the run-off groove at the end of side two, you know you’ve been on a wonderous, enveloping journey.
Summing all this up in one word: Amazing!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 December 2020
GOTHIC ROCK. AT ITS BEST. Fronted by enigmatic, flamboyant, occult shamanic showman CARL McCOY.
Buy this it will change your feeling within the NEPHILIM SOUNDS!!!!!.