The Nefilim

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The Nefilim
Carl McCoy
Vocalist Carl McCoy
Background information
OriginUnited Kingdom
Years active1992–1996
LabelsBeggars Banquet
Associated actsFields of the Nephilim, Sensorium, Saints of Eden, NFD, XII
Past membersCarl McCoy
Paul Miles
Cian Houchin
Simon Rippin

Nefilim was initially a Carl McCoy studio project co-formed with John ‘Capachino’ Carter in 1992 after the disbanding of Fields of the Nephilim. It featured McCoy on vocals and multi-instrumentalist John Carter on bass, guitars and drums. The title track Zoon was written during this period as were now famed demos including ‘Red Harvest777, Chaochracy & Subsanity (Sensorium). After a year Carter and McCoy parted company. McCoy went on to recruit Paul Miles on guitar, Simon Rippin on drums and Cian Houchin on bass. Nefilim released one album, Zoon (1996), which was more influenced by Death metal and industrial metal than McCoy's previous releases with the Fields of the Nephilim, though similar themes of mysticism are prevalent, seen in songs like "Pazuzu (Black Rain)," which refers to the Assyro-Babylonian god also known as "king of the demons."

Rippin and Miles would later go on to form Sensorium, while Houchin would go on to form Saints of Eden. McCoy and Carter re-established Fields of the Nephilim which still performs today.



Nefilim - Zoon cover art
Studio album by
Released22 April 1996 (1996-04-22)
LabelBeggars Banquet Records
ProducerCarl McCoy
Singles from Zoon
  1. "Xodus"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Penetration"
    Released: 1 April 1996[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]

Zoon, Nefilim's only studio album, was released in April 1996 by Beggars Banquet Records (Catalogue number BEGA172). The album saw a move away from the rich soundscapes that characterised earlier works from Fields of the Nephilim towards a darker, more industrial/death metal sound. McCoy has stated that the album was in development hell for several years due to restrictions from the record label.[3] The album is dedicated to Scarlett McCoy, Carl McCoy's daughter.

A music video was created for "Penetration", and the song was later covered by Polish band Behemoth on their EP Slaves Shall Serve.

The album is a concept album, and while McCoy remained largely silent about the themes,[4] one possible explanation is that the story revolves around the Watchers and the Book of Enoch.[5] The word "zoon" is derived from Greek, meaning "living creature" or "beast".[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Still Life"
  2. "Xodus"
  3. "Shine"
  4. "Penetration"
  5. "Melt (The Catching of the Butterfly)"
  6. "Venus Decomposing"
  7. "Pazuzu (Black Rain)"
  8. "Zoon, Parts 1 & 2: Saturation"
  9. "Zoon, Part 3: Wake World"
  10. "Coma"


  • Xodus (1995)
  • Penetration (1996)


  1. ^ Fields of the Nephilim: Penetration at AllMusic
  2. ^ Raggett, Ned. Fields of the Nephilim: Zoon at AllMusic. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Sumerland: Press: Orkus Magazine interview".
  4. ^ a b "Sumerland: Press: Nefilim in Fight Amnesia". Retrieved 7 November 2011.
  5. ^ Beth Winegarner (25 February 2010). "Nephilim Reborn: Zoon". Retrieved 7 November 2011.

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