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by Fields of Aplomb

Surreal Gothic music leering into the ancient art of necromancy. Haunting and thought provoking. Exclusive CD Baby LIMITED EDITION--coal black CD.
Genre: Rock: Goth
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1. Nekromanteia
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2. Entrance into the Garden
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3. Ritual of Eliphas
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4. Summons of Sarah
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5. Enter the Bardo
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6. Seventeen
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7. Bidding
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8. Garden of Last Grace
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9. 4:28 a.m.
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10. Dissolve
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Album Notes
Produced by Kim Matthews at Gargoyle Studios, New York.

Nekromanteia is based on the writings of Eliphas Levi (1810 - 1875), a French occultist who helped revive interest in magic in the 19th century. Levi studied magic and practiced necromancy (an ancient art of conjuring the dead for the purpose of divination) on several occasions.

Fields of Aplomb are:
Steve Dargis - Percussion, Samplings, Vocals
Carolyn Baxter - Keyboards, Samplings, Bass Pedals, Violin
Creston Baker - Guitars, Vocals

Why is Nephilim's singer Carl McCoy credited on the CD?

Fields of Aplomb's second CD demonstrates sophisticated lyrics and mesmerizing music.
--Stephen Lang "L.A. Gothic Dragon Review"

A serious look at Magus Eliphas Levi's necromancy---disturbing the sacred ground of the paranormal.
--Valor Shadow "Witches and Warlocks"

A mix between the Sisters of Mercy, Fields of the Nephilim, Cranes and the Swans. A great concept album for summoning the dead. --Samantha Livingston "Baltimore Underground"

This Album has, on multiple levels, a myriad of paths to new insights (if one chooses to look deeper into the intracate connections between the songs). Within 'Nekromanteia' is a complex puzzle--luring the listener to discover a new dimension, and leaving more questions. However, the answers you find may be more disturbing than one might wish to discover. --Steve Flemming "Association of Magic, Maryland Chapter"

August 1, 2004 -- NEW CD "Spiritum Oriundus" is at


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This is even better than their first C.D.
This C.D. is even better than their first! This Would make an awesome sound track for a really good scifi or suspense film. Great recording!


Ouija Board will write a message on song 10
A friend told me about using the Ouija Board (preferably alone in a candlelit room) and play song 10 (Dissolve) and it will write you a message. I tried it and I freaked! My friend told me he got a different message. Also, if you have a CD player with a clear top, look at the CD as it spins.


This is what I have been looking for . . .
Not since Nephilim have I found a band with indepth visions.


You wicked little monkies!
The spirit beckons for your soul! You wicked little monkies! Wicked, I say. Heard your music in Washington D.C. and I finally found you. Garden of Last Grace is the best.

JH Furnish

Darkness and a quiet, lingering death beneath the gallows...
This album is like the final orgasmic gratification at the end of a long, slow hanging. If a noose weren't stopping up my throat I'd go 'Ahhhh...'
The blackness of the ambience is without pretense. It's simply that dark. These folks must enjoy being depressed because they're supremely talented at sucking the light out of the day... night is now twenty-four-seven. It's not just night... it's Night.
What seems to be a concept album truly creates its atmosphere partly because each song is given enough time to paint its picture. The beginning (title) track, Nektromanteia', sets the tone of the entire album by painting an ironically pleasantly bleak picture, making me feel like one happily awaiting Death, as they say, like an old friend. By the end of the second song, 'Entrance into the Garden', I'm calmly awaiting death when the 'Ritual of Eliphas' begins. Then the tension of real fear is created in the listener by a sinister ... can I call this a riff? Or just a sound from Elsewhere? The vocalist sounds like he's chanting in front of his victim, bringing a knife down to a throat. There are no corny sound effects nor maudlin elements anywhere on this masterpiece. This is a carefully, masterfully crafted art piece, a powerful creation, with the element of storytelling fully present: the exposition leads to rising action leads to climax, as tension is further built with the almost martially-rhythmed 'Seventeen'. In 'Bidding', the vocalist and mournful, wounded accompaniment leads us into a return to dark energies, leading to a climax as the vocalist realizes he's 'lost his place' - he's becoming angry and vengeful. The guitars, reminiscent of early Judith are perfectly part of the background as the vocalist, quiet yet powerfully in the forefront, foreshadow the darkness of coming evil. This song is the closest the band comes to heavy metal, and yet they STILL DON'T BREAK THE UNIFIED MOOD OF THE ALBUM!!!
The tension continues to build with an eerily sustained guitar singing in the background, and the coarse, vindictive voice threatens imminent action. In this track, 'Garden of Last Grace', we hear the early roots of Goth. Yet, the song has much more confidence and grace than many of those bands did. I don't want to say polish... because there's a power throughout this work that is both raw and refined, depending on the moment. Nonetheless, the band is unafraid to show its pedigree. In this track, I detect a homesickness for the days of Sisters of Mercy, but in no way is this a dance track unless a particularly expressive and artistic dancer is interpreting it. Sinister forces show themselves at the end of this song, which takes its time maintaining a steady mood of tense expectation in the listener, and the vocalist cries out in anguish at the very end.
The falling action and conclusion of this story comes in the comforting, ethereal keyboards of '4:28 am', a time in the morning that says something different to most of us who listen to music like this. (I remember Poppy Z. Brite writing in 'Lost Souls' something like "4:28am knows all of my secrets," as spoken by the character Ann to Ghost.)
Violins begin blending in with the keyboards and we go into 'Dissolve', as the soul of the anguished one is disintegrated ala Molly Parker's narrative in 'Kissed' - energy disintegrates and creates a brilliance unseen by anyone but those who Know Death. When I hear this track I can feel myself standing in the presence of Death, the dead, in a marma of brilliant spirit-light as someone leaves the mortal coil forever.
An interesting element is the willingness of the male vocalist to occasionally fade in and out of the music, like a spirit coming in and out of tune with the mind open enough to hear it, yet being still in the flesh cannot always perfectly stay attuned...
Only in Death can we truly cross over to the place where Fields of Aplomb appear to be - their hearts are already with Charon, across the River Styx.


Dark in the Wake of Reality
The instrumental songs are dark. I think this CD is an attempt to enlighten the underground with a neo-alternative-mind-expanding type reality. The band assures us that it is okay to be distant and melancholic.

Todd C.

Try the Ouija with two people while playing song 10
Creepy message: "The winds will blow againsts themselves--3 on 3 under 4" Other messages have been straight forward. My girlfriend will not even touch the board when the song is played.

Ray Phillips

Lyrics are too Dark, but it is great CD.
"Ritual of Eliphas" and "Garden of Last Grace" are wicked.


Dark Moody Awesome
I really like this cd it is Gothic, Dark, Moody, and awesome. It is a perfect addition to my ever vast music collection. If you are into Gothic music this is the cd for you. No dark music lover should be without this cd.


The Ouija on Song 10
I thought this was a joke but VERY spooky SH*T happens when you play song 10)Dissolve and play with the Ouija board. Very creepy music, but I like!
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