The Nefilim

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The Nefilim
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Vocalist Carl McCoy
Background information
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Industrial metal
Death metal
Gothic rock
Years active 1992–1996
Labels Beggars Banquet
Associated acts Fields of the Nephilim, Sensorium, Saints of Eden, NFD, XII,
Past members Carl McCoy
Paul Miles
Cian Houchin
Simon Rippin

The 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 as a studio / live act which still performs today.



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Studio album by Nefilim
Released April 22, 1996 (1996-04-22)
Genre Industrial metal, death metal, gothic rock
Length 53:17
Label Beggars Banquet Records
Producer Carl McCoy
Singles from Zoon
  1. "Xodus"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Penetration"
    Released: April 1, 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 July 24, 2016.
  3. ^ "Sumerland: Press: Orkus Magazine interview". 
  4. ^ a b "Sumerland: Press: Nefilim in Fight Amnesia". Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  5. ^ Beth Winegarner (2010-02-25). "Nephilim Reborn: Zoon". Retrieved 2011-11-07. 

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