For five years the rock band I loved best was Fields of the Nephilim, an astonishing, deeply arcane British
unit which produced some of the most powerful
and beautiful spiritual music in my experience.
Beginning with a basic
interest in ritual magick and progressing through an increasingly tighter focus from the Apocrypha, angelology and the
legend of the Nephilim,
to Sumerian lore, to Crowley/Spare atavism into chaos magick and thence to where none may follow,
the band was a faithful mirror of the spiritual journey of its shamanic leader, Carl McCoy.
I've written extensively about
their work, and you can read about the band's history as well as their
deep mythological substrates, here.
However, when the Fields disbanded, singer/songwriter/seer
McCoy resurfaced five years later with a reincarnation called the Nefilim. Their only LP, Zoon, an intense
of "The Descent of Inanna", is a challenging and deeply rewarding ride. The research and writing of my essay on
it - Venus Decomposing - was a harrowing experience,
itself a version of Inanna's journey to
the Dark City--
which for all I know was McCoy's intent.
You can read them all here.
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