Power (1986) - Fields of the Nephilim
Compared - usually unfavourably - with the then-recently-sundered Sisters of Mercy, with whom they shared certain undeniable similarities and influences and, as a result, large parts of their fanbase. Yet to accuse the Nephilim of ripping off the Sisters is to miss the point. Eldritch & Friends played with the very medium of rock music, the Nephilim went straight to the dark heart, more concerned with atmospherics and energy than with irony or artifice. Where Andrew was detached, his gonzo rock fantasies forever held in inverted commas by Dr Avalanche’s repetitive thuds, the Nephilim were all power and passion, inspiring a genuine belief that would see their live shows ascend to the level of ritual or shamanic gathering.
This song would set them apart from goth bands that came before by using a riff straight out of a 1960’s Italian western. In an interview Carl said that the meaning behind this song was of an incubus visiting a young girl in her sleep to have sex with her and steal a bit of her life energy in the process. He compared it to manipulating a lover and taking their virginity/inoccence as a result.
I can’t give, but I receive for hours
Draining me, now drain me from power
Ironically, she falls in love with the Incubus and becomes a nymphomaniac because of it. And the song ends with her becoming a succubus and repeating the cycle.
I need static, so charismatic
You’re so tragic, my love’s so manic
I have the power, use it frantic
Your body’s turned, I’m sex fanatic