Fields Of The Nephilim - Elizium


8.5 | 95 votes |
Release date: 24 September 1990
Style: Gothic rock

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01. (Dead But Dreaming)
02. For Her Light
03. At The Gates Of Silent Memory
04. (Paradise Regained)
05. Submission
06. Sumerland (What Dreams May Come)
07. Wail Of Summer
08. And There Will Your Heart Be Also
09. Psychonaut (Lib III) [bonus]
10. Submission Two (The Dub Posture) [bonus]
11. Sumerland [single version] [bonus]

Line-up
Carl McCoy - vocals
Peter Yates - guitar
Paul Wright - guitar
Tony Pettitt - bass
Nod Wright - drums

Session musicians
Jon Carin - keyboards

Additional info
Produced by The Nephilim and Andy Jackson.
Engineered by Andy Jackson.
Track 9 produced by Bill Buchanan in association with The Nephilim.
Recorded at Park Gate Studios, Battle.
Additional recording and mixing at Astoria, Hampton Court.
Track 9 recorded at Real World.

Guest review by
Slayer666
Rating:
8.5
Carl McCoy's obsession with magick (with a "k", to distinguish it from the kind magic David Copperfield performs) and myth is pretty obvious from the very opening track "Dead But Dreaming", which happens to be one of the greatest and most fitting intros I've heard on any album. It should give you a fairly good idea what to expect from the rest of Elizium: gloomy, mystical and spine-shivering gothic rock, utilizing mostly a minimalistic approach when it comes to the instrumentation, but creating rich soundscapes filled with quiet sorrow and otherworldly sensations.

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published 23.09.2011 | Comments (7)

28.09.2020
Not only did we miss this album's 30th anniversary by a couple of days, but this is also an album from before the band became metal (the opposite of what most bands are doing). Though Fields Of The Nephilim would start becoming more "brutal" with the next albums, it can't be understated how influential their gothic rock phase was to the soon-to-emerge gothic metal scene (which they would eventually join in a feedback loop of influence). Elizium is the apex of Fields Of The Nephilim's gothic rock sound, and honestly of gothic rock in general, at least out of the bits we have here. Dark, ominous, romantic, and magick. And even by goth rock standards, very atmospheric. It isn't hard to get why this was so influential, and why Fields Of The Nephilim have a Metal Storm page (and might've still had one even without their later albums) and The Sisters Of Mercy don't. All while we hope there would be another record sometime in the future.

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02.02.2012 - 01:02
Rating: 9
musicalkaratekid
This album is extremely atmospheric-in the way that it haunts you with its overbearing melody and beautiful yet gloomy overtones, for hours after you've merely stopped listening to the album itself. Yes,its very memorable. To say i've only been a proper fan of the band for the last three months is strange, but this album really is something special. And McCoy's voice is hauntingly epic.
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20.02.2017 - 01:15
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Written by musicalkaratekid on 02.02.2012 at 01:02

This album is extremely atmospheric-in the way that it haunts you with its overbearing melody and beautiful yet gloomy overtones, for hours after you've merely stopped listening to the album itself. Yes,its very memorable. To say i've only been a proper fan of the band for the last three months is strange, but this album really is something special. And McCoy's voice is hauntingly epic.

I would agree whit it maybe best from this band and genre
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