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Shoot It Up: Fields of the Nephilim

David Stubbs, Melody Maker, 13 September 1986

THE FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM – hardly a moniker you can shoot from the hip. They wear Stetsons and describe their music as "Spaghetti Metal!" They come from Stevenage. The name may suggest a Tommy Vance nightmare, but persist! Live, Nephilim are rock-bottled, a headful of post-punk that spikes the beer and backstrokes down the spine. They're as ludicrous as George Clinton's orange ski-pants, as fluent and airborne as mid-period Bunnymen – and they sink that unwashed Sputnik, Zodiac Mindwarp!

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