Gothic rock godfathers Fields of the Nephilim are set to play two shows in London later this month – with one of their famous fans joining them for the first one. Behemoth frontman Nergal will appear as special guest with FOTN at Islington Academy on Thursday 17th December.
It marks the fifth anniversary of his ultimately successful treatment for leukaemia beginning – an event he calls his “second birthday”. A few months later in 2011 he was determined to take up an invitation from FOTN to perform at a gig in his Polish homeland – an experience he admits almost killed him.
Writing on his Facebook page Nergal makes clear how much the legendary band, also cited as an influence by Enslaved, HIM and Wardruna among others, means to him:
Nietzsche said “No victor believes in a chance” therefore I do not believe this show is happening on THAT day accidentally. I’m immensely privileged to be a part of it again, performing one of the best songs in their career, “Penetration”. I can’t think of celebrating my “second” birthday in a more epic way. I’m living my dream! Thursday, December 17th, 02 Academy Islington, London. Join us! It feels good to be alive…!”
Carl McCoy will then lead FOTN on to Shepherds Bush Empire two days later, where they played a pair of sold out shows last December celebrating the band’s 30th anniversary. The enigmatic vocalist has revealed plans to release a new album in the very near future, the band’s first since 2005’s well-received “Mourning Sun”. They will be supported by psychedelic Londoners Purson.