Dawnrazor

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Dawnrazor
Studio album by Fields of the Nephilim
Released 4 May 1987 (1987-05-04)
Recorded The Lodge, Suffolk, February 1987
Genre Gothic rock
Length 59:15
Label Situation Two
Producer Bill Buchanan
Fields of the Nephilim chronology
Dawnrazor
(1987)
The Nephilim
(1988)
Singles from Dawnrazor
  1. ""
    Released:
  2. ""
    Released:

Dawnrazor is the debut studio album by English gothic rock band Fields of the Nephilim. It was released in May 1987, through record label Situation Two.

Background[edit]

The introductory track contains a sample of the Ennio Morricone theme "Man with the Harmonica" from Sergio Leone's epic 1968 western film Once Upon a Time in the West.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork 7.4/10[2]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars
3.5/5 stars[3]

Dawnrazor was generally well-received, though the band and the album were often criticised for the perceived similarity to the work of the British gothic rock band The Sisters of Mercy.[1] Trouser Press called it "an enjoyable creation, with some great songs [...], but the Sisters' influence is so strong that it tends to overshadow the Nephs' unique qualities."[4] Dave Dickson of the British music magazine Kerrang! praises the band for the concept of "Spaghetti-metal", inspired by the characters portrayed on the screen by Clint Eastwood, but he is less warm on the execution, starting with "the plagiarising of the master musician of Spaghetti Western, Ennio Morricone" and the "truck loads of effects" used to recreate the atmosphere of the movies. For these reasons, he gave the album two different scores.[3]

Track listing[edit]

UK LP track listing[edit]

All tracks by Fields of the Nephilim, except "Intro" by Ennio Morricone

  1. "Intro (The Harmonica Man)" – 2:00
  2. "Slow Kill" – 3:45
  3. "Volcane (Mr. Jealousy Has Returned)" – 5:04
  4. "Vet for the Insane" – 7:03
  5. "Dust" – 4:22
  6. "Reanimator" – 2:58
  7. "Dawnrazor" – 7:10
  8. "The Sequel" – 3:16

US LP track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro (The Harmonica Man)" – 2:00
  2. "Slow Kill" – 3:45
  3. "Preacher Man" – 4:53
  4. "Volcane (Mr. Jealousy Has Returned)" – 5:04
  5. "Vet for the Insane" – 7:03
  6. "Dust" – 4:22
  7. "Power" – 4:39
  8. "Blue Water" – 5:51
  9. "Dawnrazor" – 7:10
  10. "The Sequel" – 3:16

US LP has added "Preacher Man", "Power" and "Blue Water" singles but misses "Reanimator".

CD track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro (The Harmonica Man)" – 2:00
  2. "Slow Kill" – 3:45
  3. "Laura II" – 4:41
  4. "Preacher Man" – 4:53
  5. "Volcane (Mr. Jealousy Has Returned)" – 5:04
  6. "Vet for the Insane" – 7:03
  7. "Secrets" – 3:37
  8. "Dust" – 4:22
  9. "Reanimator" – 2:58
  10. "Power" – 4:39
  11. "The Tower" – 5:41
  12. "Dawnrazor" – 7:10
  13. "The Sequel" – 3:16

CD version has "Preacher Man" + 4 tracks from Italian "Returning to Gehenna EP" excluding title track but misses "Blue Water" which is available on "Revelations" compilation.

Personnel[edit]

Band members
  • Carl McCoy – vocals
  • Paul Wright – guitar
  • Gary Whisker – sax
  • Tony Pettitt – bass
  • Alexander Wright – drums
Production
  • Bill Buchanan – producer
  • Iain O'Higgins – producer on "Secrets", "Power" and "The Tower"
  • Fields of the Nephilim – producers on "Laura II", "Secrets", "Power" and "The Tower"
  • Martin Stansfield, Stephen Stewart – engineers
  • John Fryer – mixing
  • Vic Maile – mixing on "Power"
  • Greg Copeland, Richard Stanley, Justin Thomas – photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Dawnrazor – Fields of the Nephilim : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Hansen, Skaht (31 December 1999). "Dawnrazor | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Dickson, Dave (25 June 1987). "Fields of the Nephilim 'Dawnrazor'". Kerrang! 149. London, UK: Spotlight Publications. p. 20. 
  4. ^ Fasolino, Greg. "Fields of the Nephilim". Trouserpress.com. Trouser Press. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 

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