Fields Of The Nephilim
Murheenlaakso plays Mana Mana
The 22nd of March 2013
Virgin Oil Helsinki Finland
Review and photos by Arto Lehtinen
Fields Of The Nephilim has carved immortal marks into the gothic/metal world by being one of the most innovative creators in this specific genre. Even though the line-up has undergone more than a few changes since the rebirth of Fields Of The Nephilim, with one original surviving member left (frontman Carl McCoy) the band still sounds and looks as it is supposed to. When Fields Of The Nephilim made their debut visit to Finland headlining the Helldone indoor festival organized by H.I.M., there were only a handful of people who had crawled to the show. Back in 2008, Fields Of The Nephilim had been booked to the Tuska Open Air festival, playing under the bright sunlight didn’t create the justified atmosphere for having the right mood. Finally, Field Of The Nephilim made the triumphal return to the soil of Finland in March by playing the nearly sold out show in front of 600 people.
Before Carl McCoy and the darker raiders unleashed their dark shadows of the dust, the Finnish outfit named Murhenlaakso opened up the show. Murheenlaakso is basically a metamorphosis version of the Finnish cult band named Mana Mana. Mana Mana gained the massive underground cult following back in the day and still enjoys the massive cult based following amongst the fans of the dismal depressive music. The current version of Mana Mana re-named Murheenlaakso feat. a few original members and new additions to the line-up to avoid any kind of confusion to Mana Mana. The six piece sounded overwhelming and went thru all the essential songs from the old days of Mana Mana such as Maria Magdalena, Vaarallista. Hopefully the band will continue playing shows as this sounded truly magic.
The venue went dark, the eerie intro welcomed Fields Of The Nephilim to the stage. The set was kicked off by “Shoud” and “Straight To The Light” off from the MOURNING SUN album and followed by a huge amount of the old songs such as “Love Under Will”, “The Watchman”, “Preacherman”, “Moonchild” etc. For some eccentric bizarre reason, the whole ELIZIUM album had been skipped even thought the album contains awesome hymns. Instead, stuff from Nefilim’s ZOON was the part of the set. As it is known, Nefilim was one album miracle with the heavily industrial/death metal influences, released in the mid of the 90’s. All in all the set was a dream come true for all those who attended the show. The most fanatical fans truly lived up to the show and music of Fields Of The Nephilim and whereas a bit older generation truly enjoyed a very single moment of the band’s performance more in the background.
However, everything didn’t go as planned at the beginning of the gig; the guitarist was struggling with unexpected technical problems. When the technical setback had been sorted out, the guitarist managed to get back into the dismal atmospheric feeling. Since their return, Fields Of The Nephilim has undergone several line-up changes, therefore Fields Of The Nephilim is entirely Mccoy’s playground leaving other “hired” musicians to the background. Seriously, knowing any names of the current players in the line-up still remains a bit of mystery. None of them were introduced, but introducing members at the Fields Of The Nephilim gigs doesn’t belong to the obvious routine of Mccoy. Besides, Mccoy never ever says words at shows. It was obvious that the original bassist Tony Pettitt had made a return to the fold. Obviously he and McCoy are the only ones getting along with each other. McCoy’s voice with the wide range from the clean to the dismal grunt is unique sounding and extremely eerie and grim. Despite the technical problems at the beginning, the sounds were perfect, fitting expertly the gothic soundworld of Fields Of The Nephilim. The lights and the general atmosphere created the needed and justified environment for the perfect show for this sort of music. The audience was entirely spellbounded by the show of Fields OF The Nephilim and literally demanded more and more. The band arrived on the stage twice to do a few encores.
The gig was absolutely splendid and definitely blew the previous gigs in Finland easily away. The band was pleased with the respond as thanking the Finnish crowd in the official Fields Of The Nephilim facebook.
The gig and Fields Of The Nephilim was definitely astonishing and it is sure the legendary British will be arrive at Finland for more gigs in the future.
Straight to the Light
One More Nightmare
From the Fire
Love Under Will
Zoon (Part 3)
Last exit for the lost