LIVE REVIEW: Fields of the Nephilim, Stylus, Leeds, 28th June 2019
Every year, the summer and winter solstices seem to generate a series of one-off gigs by Fields of the Nephilim.
And this summer solstice was no exception, but this time the gothic rockers, who were formed in Stevenage way back in 1984, blessed us all with four dates in June.
Following their show in Glasgow the night before, the band arrived in Leeds just as the Glastonbury Festival got properly underway.
But while Glastonbury-goers were probably looking for the unexpected, followers of the Nephilim knew exactly what they would be getting.
That being, the stock-in-trade fantastic light show, a visual aura of mystique (shrouded in dry ice), trademark Sergio Leone imagery and an eternally young Carl McCoy growling his way through an hour-long set.
Although the band played only 11 songs, they managed to capture the mood of their entire back catalogue.
That went from the fist-raising Dawnrazor from their debut album of the same name, to the indie chart-topping (remember those pop lovers?) Moonchild, and the tramadol-induced Mourning Sun to the sole encore, Last Exit For The Lost.
The band will probably be forever associated with the goth genre, but tonight’s show demonstrated that their theatrical and musical performance is as relevant now as it was in their heyday in the 1980s.
It was the aural equivalent of an intravenous speedball: a massive rush followed by a cotton-laced comedown. Awesome.