Early Years (1984-91)
Fields of the Nephilim's initial sound incorporated elements of hard rock and psychedelic rock, and comprised a bass and guitar driven sound underpinned by McCoy's growled vocals. Lyrically, the band incorporated mystical themes, referencing The Cthulhu Mythos, Sumerian Mythology, Chaos Magic and Aleister Crowley.
The band had a "dust and death" image, associated with characters from Sergio Leone's "spaghetti westerns" and often wore cowboy clothes with a weather-beaten look during photo shoots. Their debut EP, Burning the Fields, was released in 1985 by Situation Two Records (an imprint of Beggars Banquet Records). The band "upgraded" to Beggars Banquet Records in 1986 to release Power and Preacher Man, and their first album, Dawnrazor. The next release Blue Water was the first Fields of the Nephilim single to reach the UK charts (#75). It was followed by Moonchild, lead single from the second LP The Nephilim which reached number 28 in the UK charts.
Psychonaut was released in May 1989 and peaked at number 35; this ten minute track indicated a slight shift for the band toward a more experimental and intense sound. This single/EP was a candle-bearer for the polished and highly produced Elizium (1990) album. Produced by ex-Pink Floyd producer Andy Jackson (taking over from previous band producer Bill Buchanan), the album was preceded by the single For Her Light, which clipped the British Top 40 in its first week of release. A remixed version of Sumerland (Dreamed) released in November 1990 peaked at number 37.
In 1991, the band played their final gigs, a two-day 'Festival of Fire' in London. The final releases of this era are the live cd Earth Inferno and video Visionary Heads, followed by the compilation Revelations.
Departure of McCoy and hiatus (1991-98)
Frontman Carl McCoy left the band in 1991 after paying the rest of the band's members for the rights to the Nephilim name. The remaining members, together with singer Andy Delaney, formed Rubicon. The band released two albums before disbanding, What Starts, Ends in 1992 and Room 101 in 1995.
Meanwhile, Carl McCoy found a new group called The Nefilim with guitarist Paul Miles, drummer Simon Rippin and bassist Cian Houchin. The band played some gigs in 1993, showcasing some of their new material. According to McCoy, the release of their debut album, Zoon, was held back for several years due to their problems with the record label. Zoon was eventually released in 1996, featuring a distinctly more industrial sound than McCoy's previous works. The Nefilim was rumored to embark on a tour to promote Zoon, but this never happened.
Both bands had disputes with Beggars Banquet over back royalties and the perception that they were little more than means for the original Nephilim members to play out their contracts with the label.
Reunion and new album (1998-2002)
On August 15th 1998, Carl McCoy and Tony Pettitt held a press conference at the Zillo Festival in Germany, announcing their future plans to collaborate under two separate monikers, Fields of the Nephilim (along with the Wright brothers) and The Nephilim (an altered spelling of McCoy's solo project).
In May 2000, McCoy and Pettitt released One More Nightmare (Trees Come Down), the first Fields of the Nephilim single under their new label Jungle Records. It contained newly worked versions of Trees Come Down and Darkcell, both originally released on the Burning the Fields EP in 1984. Following the single release, Fields of the Nephilim (now rounded up by former Nefilim members Simon Rippin and Paul Miles) played their first live shows in nine years, appearing at Woodstage, Eurorock, Roskilde and Mera Luna music festivals.
The following year, Pettitt was hired as a session player for NFD, as his relationship with McCoy is again seemingly at a standstill. Two new Nephilim demo tracks were leaked to the Internet, allegedly by McCoy himself. The tracks are titled Dead to the World - The Way That We Were - Thirst and Sensorium / Subsanity.
In 2002, Jungle Records released the first Fields of the Nephilim studio album since Elizium, dubbed Fallen. McCoy publicly disassociated himself from the album, claiming that the record label acted without his direct consent, compiling the track listing of studio out-takes and previously released material.
Mourning Sun and beyond (2005-)
Fifteen years after Elizium, Carl McCoy released Mourning Sun, his fourth full-length studio album under the name Fields of the Nephilim. The album was released in Europe on November 28, 2005, with the North American release in April, 2006. The album may be seen as a synthesis of the melodic goth rock of Elizium and the aggressive death metal of Zoon. It had seven original songs, with a cover version of "In the Year 2525" - from Zager & Evans - included as a bonus track on the first 25,000 copies only.
In 2006, some European venues announced a tour was to take place, although this was never officially confirmed by the band. Although a large number of tickets were sold for various dates, none of the gigs occurred. The band took pains to emphasize that they had at no time confirmed these dates with promoters or venues, and reiterated to fans that nobody should buy tickets for such events until they had heard official announcements through the band's website that such live performances were to go ahead.
On May 24th 2007, McCoy introduced an all-new live lineup of Fields of the Nephilim, playing a show at the London Astoria. The night marked as the first live performance of several Mourning Sun tracks, as well as the band's first UK show since the Festival of Fire appearances in 1991. The event was filmed the band's erstwhile promo video director Richard Stanley, with the material rumored to be used on a forthcoming live DVD.
Fields of the Nephilim played as one of the headlining bands of the Finnish Helldone festival, on 30th December 2007. The festival is organized annually by Finnish rock band HIM, whose vocalist Ville Valo is a big fan of Fields Of Nephilim and Carl McCoy. On the 15th of March 2008 they played in Warsaw, in Klub Stodola and on the 21st and 22nd of March 2008 they performed in Athens, in Gagarin 205.
In 2001, Nod and Paul Wright formed a new band, Last Rites, and have released two full-length albums to date, Guided by Light and The Many Forms. When Carl McCoy dismissed his bands Zoon-era lineup, Cian Houchin went on to form Saints of Eden, while Paul Miles and Simon Rippin formed Sensorium, naming it after an unreleased Nefilim demo track.
Pettitt is currently working with the band NFD, along with former Sensorium members Peter "Bob" White and Simon Rippin. NFD released the full-length No Love Lost in 2005 and a second, Dead Pool Rising, in 2006.
McCoy has hinted that he intends to release another Fields of the Nephilim album fairly soon.
The band are currently managed by music industry inovator Rob Ferguson who co-owns and runs Transcend Media Group
Lifted from http://www.wikipedia.org