Fields of the Nephilim formed in Stevenage Hertfordshire in 1984 and consisted of vocalist Carl McCoy, guitarist Paul Wright, his brother Nod on drums, saxophonist Gary Whisker, and bassist Tony Pettitt. The group released the EP Burning the Fields in 1985. Whisker left the band and Peter Yates was added as a second guitarist. The band was the creation of front man and vocalist Carl McCoy.
Carl McCoy [from South London] was brought up in a religious family of Jehovah’s Witnesses, as such, he became aware at quite an early age of the Nefilim, [a biblical race of Giants] and the Watchers, a superior hybrid species of early humans who communicated knowledge to humans and possibly interbred with them throughout the world. The band’s name refers to this Biblical race of giants or angel human hybrids, known as the Nephilim or Nefilim.
The band’s look, in Western themed wide brimmed hats and big long coats was highly original and they quickly developed quite a following of loyal fans.
The group’s enigmatic mystical inspired lyrics were sung with a growling roar by vocalist Carl McCoy. Live appearances were shrouded in darkness and heaps of dry ice while the band members swaggered about on stage dressed like something out of a Spaghetti Western. They were an awesome sight to behold!
In October 1991, due to some differences of opinion, Carl McCoy left the band and took the Nephilim name with him [with Carl stating “I am Nephilim!”]. Yates, Pettitt, and the Wright brothers added vocalist Alan Delaney and formed Rubicon.
In the meantime, McCoy formed Nefilim, and in 1996 released the album Zoon But, then, silence…nothing more was heard of from the band until 2002 when the album Fallen was issued. Although the album appeared to be new, it was actually a selection of outtakes released without the permission of the band. The Nephilim finally reappeared in 2005 with the album Mourning Sun. Tony Pettitt came on board again [1998–2000, 2013 to present day] and is an integral full-time member of the band.