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Concert Review
February 4, 2010   
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Fog surrounds the frozen Warsaw district of Bemowo as British goth-rock legends, Fields of the Nephilim descend on rock venue Progresja. A rare occasion it has to be said, as Carl McCoy and his mad-hatter band, who formed in 1984, aren't known for performing very often, especially not in Poland.

Silhouetted figures creep through lingering smoke as intro music blares and a room full of goggle-clad fanatics explodes into frenzy. To an outsider, the music is melodic, macabre and atmospheric: red lights play on the solemn figure of vocalist McCoy, who flits through the fog like a leather-clad ghost. Gazing beneath a wide-brimmed hat with wild, inhuman eyes, he projects himself across the hall with his famous low-pitched drone.

Several fans manage to climb onto shoulders in the crowd and stand there for the entire show, flailing arms and throwing macho poses as classic tracks like "Moonchild" and "The Watchman" are unleashed. This is surely one of the best gigs Fields of the Nephilim have ever played and the show is a testament to Polish fans' enthusiasm. All eyes are forward and the crowd are enslaved by band's melancholic anthems and moody stage presence.

A two-song encore of "Last Exit for the Lost" and "Love Under Will" appeases a wailing crowd, who refuse to budge until they've had their fill. The hour has lost its purpose and time flies as one song melts into another. It seems that almost as soon as the show begins... it's over and hundreds wake from a melancholic dream.

The concert is an achievement for Warsaw promoter Tomo Zyzyk and Shortcut.pl, who have managed to fill a distant hall with hundreds of people, a few of whom have flown in from all over the world for this special event.

Alex de Moller
Fields of the Nephilim at Progresja, Jan. 22
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