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FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM - MOURNING SUN - 2006 - SPV

Track Listing

1. Shroud (Exordium)
2. Straight To The Light
3. New Gold Dawn
4. Requiem Xiii-33 (Le Veilleur Silencieux)
5. Xiberia (Seasons In The Ice Cage)
6. She
7. Mourning Sun
Well, the last time I heard from this band was in 1996 when Zoon was released and that was a good semi-thrash album. Now in 2006 with FIELDS OF THE NEPHILM most current release Mourning Sun the band has taken a slightly different approach, trance metal if you will. I'm not sure if you could really qualify this release as metal, making this album hard for me to identify with but that doesn't mean it has nothing to offer.

With several listens you can begin to sort through the layers of music found here and find some subtleties you don't get from the first impression. The driving guitars and rhythms of songs such as 'Straight To The Light' and 'New Gold Dawn' being the best examples here. The title track is also worth mentioning as a stand out track but may not keep your interest for the whole 10 minutes. The album as a whole has a real bleak feeling mixed with alot of melodic elements, though the music does become repetitive. McCoys vocals provide a nice contrast to the music and overall mood with his sometimes whispery and sometimes gruff sound. So kick back in a nice dark environment and let your mind wonder.

If you survive the journey this album has to offer you may be left feeling cold and alone, just as with most true Gothic styled albums. While Mourning Sun seems well crafted to the point of being almost an artsy metal experience its audience will be limited. This album is sure to appeal to fans of HIM, even MINISTRY and for that soundtrack/score lover out there. For other metal heads out there, this release will leave you wanting something with more beef to it.


Band Site: Fields Of The Nephilim
Label Site: SPV


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Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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2006
Troy Cole5/4/2006


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