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
Past members Carl McCoy
Paul Miles
Cian Houchin
Simon Rippin

The Nefilim was a Carl McCoy project formed after the disbanding of Fields of the Nephilim. It featured McCoy on vocals, 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 returned to his previous band, Fields of the Nephilim.



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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
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Zoon, Nefilim's only studio album, was released in April 1996 by Beggars Banquet Records (Calatogue 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)


External links[edit]

  1. ^ Fields of the Nephilim: Penetration at AllMusic
  2. ^ Raggett, Ned. Fields of the Nephilim: Zoon at AllMusic. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
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  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.