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Nevermore is an American metal act from Seattle, Washington. Their precise musical style is debated by fans and critics alike. The band incorporates elements from styles such as Doom, Thrash, Power, and progressive metal into their songs, and also makes use of acoustic guitars and a wide range of vocal styles.

They started in the beginning of the 1990s, when the band Sanctuary was pressured by its recording label to change its musical style, switching from heavy metal to grunge, which was obtaining mainstream success at the time due to bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Two members of the band, vocalist Warrel Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard, didn't agree with the change and thus proceeded to create a project of their own. Nevermore.

By the end of 1994, the band assumed a stable line-up, which saw the additions of drummer Van Williams and former Sanctuary
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NEVERMORE Nevermore album cover 3.60 | 16 ratings
Nevermore
Thrash Metal 1995
NEVERMORE The Politics of Ecstasy album cover 4.03 | 14 ratings
The Politics of Ecstasy
Thrash Metal 1996
NEVERMORE Dreaming Neon Black album cover 4.23 | 18 ratings
Dreaming Neon Black
Thrash Metal 1999
NEVERMORE Dead Heart in a Dead World album cover 3.75 | 21 ratings
Dead Heart in a Dead World
Thrash Metal 2000
NEVERMORE Enemies of Reality album cover 3.69 | 16 ratings
Enemies of Reality
Thrash Metal 2003
NEVERMORE This Godless Endeavor album cover 4.00 | 39 ratings
This Godless Endeavor
Thrash Metal 2005
NEVERMORE The Obsidian Conspiracy album cover 3.32 | 17 ratings
The Obsidian Conspiracy
Thrash Metal 2010

NEVERMORE EPs & splits

NEVERMORE In Memory album cover 3.44 | 4 ratings
In Memory
Thrash Metal 1996

NEVERMORE live albums

NEVERMORE The Year of the Voyager album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Year of the Voyager
Thrash Metal 2008

NEVERMORE demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

NEVERMORE Utopia album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Utopia
Thrash Metal 1992

NEVERMORE re-issues & compilations

NEVERMORE Manifesto of Nevermore album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Manifesto of Nevermore
Thrash Metal 2009

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Believe in Nothing
Thrash Metal 2000

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The Year of the Voyager
Thrash Metal 2008

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NEVERMORE Dreaming Neon Black

Album · 1999 · Thrash Metal
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Even more than any other Nevermore album, Dreaming Neon Black always seemed to have a darkness and intensity that was all its own. This is some potent, dense thrash that fully revels in its progressive nature, as well as the twisted story the late Warrel Dane weaves along the way. The concept, according to Dane himself, deals with a man who gradually succumbs to insanity after he loses his lover to a religious cult. Eventually this insanity becomes all sorts of various tragedies surrounding our main character. Sounds happy, right? Believe me, though, this stuff is the perfect base for the incredibly creepy and depressing moods the music itself creates. You really feel the conviction of the band right from the opening thrasher (aside from the intro) "Beyond Within," which seamlessly blends the intense drive of Jeff Loomis' riffing with a variety of tempo shifts for every mood the song wants to convey. And there are several; from one song alone, we get rage, desperation, anxiety, and futility all in this track. Simply put, this is the most emotional album Nevermore ever put out.

And the greatest thing about this is that there's so much sincerity and even beauty lurking in the record's uninviting outer shell. If I were to pick Dreaming Neon Black's centerpiece in this regard, it's definitely the bleak title track. This is one of the rare ballads we get to hear from the band, and the doomy chorus constantly gives off the feeling of drowning in Dane's personal abyss. Even the faster numbers on the album usually exhibit some interesting experiments that further the atmosphere, such as the wonderful classical guitar leads that kick off "No More Will" or the bizarrely off-kilter rhythms and atonal guitar chugs that define how uncomfortable the mood of "The Death of Passion" is. Even more interesting are the softer segments, such as the strange note-bending in "All Play Dead" or the minimalist clean guitar that closes the album with "Forever." More traditional Nevermore numbers come in the form of the straightforward melodic thrash of "I Am the Dog" and the intricately performed media-bashing prog/thrash combo heard in "Poison Godmachine." But even then, these still serve to advance the story and inject their own form of energy into a deeply affecting piece of metal music. Dreaming Neon Black is the most consistent Nevermore album from a songwriting standpoint, and it also happens be the most emotionally resonant one at the same time. How much more could you want out of one of the most impressive metal bands of both the 90s and 2000s?

~Rest in peace, Warrel Dane. 1961-2017~

NEVERMORE The Politics of Ecstasy

Album · 1996 · Thrash Metal
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"The Politics of Ecstasy" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US power/thrash metal act Nevermore. The album was released through Century Media Records in November 1996. It´s the second release from the band in 1996 as they had already released the "In Memory" EP in July 1996. Guitarist Pat O'Brien was added to the lineup after the debut album and appeared on "In Memory (1996)". He is still present on "The Politics of Ecstasy", although it would be his last release with Nevermore before joining Cannibal Corpse.

Compared to the 1995 debut album and "In Memory (1996)", which both featured a predominantly US power metal oriented style, the music on "The Politics of Ecstasy" has taken on a much heavier, technical, and thrash metal oriented sound. A further developed version of the sound heard on "Optimist or Pessimist" from "In Memory (1996)" isn´t all wrong as a description. There are also several nods toward progressive metal on the album, although that´s not the dominant style. Especially the title track and the closing track "The Learning" are quite adventurous. The times on the tracklist may say that "The Learning" is 16:01 minutes long, but after about 10 minutes there are 5 minutes of silence and then a 1:19 minutes long hidden track closes the album. But despite not being 16 minutes long, "The Learning" is still quite the progressive track.

What is most remarkable about "The Politics of Ecstasy" is probably the crushingly heavy and technically well played riffs though. The constellation of Pat O'Brien and Jeff Loomis is brutal and incredibly skilled riff meister magic. The melodic side of Nevermore has taken a backseat on this album in favor of a more bleak and dark atmosphere and dissonance. Warrel Dane also explores new ground with his vocals. He can still deliver melodic and memorable singing when that is called for, but he sounds more aggressive and raw here than ever before. There´s a desperation to his performance which is another contributing factor to the bleak atmosphere that the album is wrapped in. The musicianship is one of the great assets of the album, and other than the many killer guitar riffs and solos, and Warrel Dane´s skillfully executed and distinct sounding vocals, I think both bassist Jim Sheppard and drummer Van Williams deserve a mention too. Especially the latter displays a more personal, varied, and technical drumming style on this album compared to his performances on the first two releases.

The 10 tracks on the 62:24 minutes long album are all well written and memorable, but they are not necessarily instantly catchy and some of them require a couple of spins to sink in. The more heavy and at times dissonant sound may not sit well with those who prefer Nevermore when they are more melodic, but I´ve always found it a bold move that the band opted for a more raw and bleak sound on this album. To my ears the whole album is one long highlight, but if I have to mention a couple of standout tracks it would be "The Seven Tongues of God", "This Sacrament", "Next in Line", "The Passenger", the title track, "42147", and "The Learning". The well written lyrics deal with topics such as artificial intelligence, politics, philosophy, and religion.

Neil Kernon has created the right cold, raw, and powerful sound production for the music. Again the emphasis is on heaviness and less on melody, but it´s clearly a conscious choice and to my ears it works wonders. So "The Politics of Ecstasy" is an album where all elements make one great whole. It´s one of Nevermore´s most hard edged and bold releases and taking everything into consideration I think a 5 star (100%) rating is fully deserved.

NEVERMORE In Memory

EP · 1996 · Thrash Metal
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"In Memory" is an EP release by US power/thrash metal act Nevermore. The EP was released through Century Media Records in July 1996. It bridges the gap between the band´s debut- and second full-length studio albums "Nevermore (1995)" and "The Politics of Ecstasy (1996)". There´s been a lineup change since the debut album as guitarist Pat O'Brien (who would later join Cannibal Corpse) has been added to the lineup. Neil Kernon again handles the production.

Stylistically it´s closer in style to the US power metal oriented and relatively melodic debut album than to the more technical, raw, and thrashy material on "The Politics of Ecstasy (1996)", although the 5 tracks on the 26:10 minutes long EP were recorded during the sessions for "The Politics of Ecstasy (1996)". They sound more like they were written during the sessions for the debut album though, which is probably why Nevermore opted to release them on this EP and not include them on "The Politics of Ecstasy (1996)".

The five tracks on the EP do a great job at representing the different aspects of Nevermore´s sound. "Optimist or Pessimist" is a pretty raw and aggressive thrash metal oriented track, "Matricide" is US power metal, "In Memory" is more heavy, dramatic, and epic almost gothic in style (and a little progressive metal oriented too), "Silent Hedges / Double Dare" is a Bauhaus cover (introducing Nevermore´s tradition of doing interesting covers), and "The Sorrowed Man" is a melancholic metal ballad. The different styles featured on the EP is exactly the reason why it´s so hard to describe Nevermore´s sound, but also why they are so interesting and unique.

Although the tracks are relatively different in style, the overall flow of the EP works well, and the quality of the material is consistent throughout. To my ears the highlight of the EP is "Silent Hedges / Double Dare" though, which Nevermore transforms into a dark and ultra heavy track with great success. If you didn´t know it you wouldn´t have guessed that the source material was originally post-punk/goth rock.

"In Memory" features a relatively well sounding and professional production (it´s one of the the least interesting productions on Nevermore´s releases though). The musicianship is of a high quality on all posts, from the vicious twin guitar attack of Jeff Loomis and Pat O'Brien, to the varied rhythmic playing by drummer Van Williams and bassist Jim Sheppard, to the both paatos filled and theatrical yet raw and aggressive vocals by Warrel Dane. So upon conclusion "In Memory" is a quality release by Nevermore. It´s still very much a transition release between their early more melodic inclined US power metal and the more technical, heavy, and thrash metal oriented style they would play on "The Politics of Ecstasy (1996)", and to my ears lacks the more defined and mature sound of their later releases. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

NEVERMORE Dreaming Neon Black

Album · 1999 · Thrash Metal
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"Dreaming Neon Black" is the 3rd full-length studio album by US, Seattle based metal act Nevermore. The album was released through Century Media Records in January 1999. "Dreaming Neon Black" is a concept album based on lead vocalist Warrel Dane´s personal experience of losing a girlfriend to a religious cult and never hearing from her again. I remember reading an interview from that time, where Dane told that he had nightmares where he saw her drown, and that inspired him to write the lyrics for "Dreaming Neon Black". The concept of the album is only losely based on Dane´s experiences though and in reality tells a story of a man slowly going insane after losing his loved one. The lyrics are spiced up with social, religious, and political issues (which is not unusual for Nevermore), but they´re not dominant themes on this particular release.

Since the release of "The Politics of Ecstasy (1996)" guitarist Pat O'Brien left to join Cannibal Corpse and the band enlisted Curran Murphy (Shatter Messiah) as a touring guitarist for the tour supporting "The Politics of Ecstasy (1996)". Before the recording of "Dreaming Neon Black" guitarist Tim Calvert (Forbidden) joined on a permanent basis, making Nevermore a five-piece again. His tenure would be brief though as he departed again after the tour supporting the album.

Musically Nevermore took a gigant step in a heavier and more technically challenging US power/thrash direction with "The Politics of Ecstasy (1996)" and to some extent that tendency is continued on "Dreaming Neon Black", which in many ways is an even darker and heavier release than it´s predecessor. It´s a more varied release than the predecessor though also featuring more clean/acoustic guitar sections, more melody, and of course the lyrical concept which runs through the entire album.

Tracks like "The Death of Passion", "The Fault of the Flesh" and "Poison Godmachine" are absolutely scorching, featuring extremely fast riffs, and technically challenging drumming, but as mentioned the material is varied and you´ll find tracks like the semi-progressive epic power ballad type title track, the heavy mid-paced "Deconstruction", and the dark and atmospheric "All Play Dead" and "Cenotaph" on the album too. The variation is predominantly a strength and it keeps the 13 track, 66:05 minutes long album interesting throughout. To my ears some tracks are however a bit sub par to the best material on the album and in that respect "Dreaming Neon Black" isn´t a 100% perfect release. Especially "Deconstruction", which is a bit too long, and songwriting wise not especially adventurous, and "The Lotus Eaters", which has never left much of an impression on me, fit into that catagory. The two closing tracks, "No More Will", which features a messy structure, and the stripped down ballad "Forever", are also quality wise in that catagory. The high quality of the rest of the material (and it´s not like the above mentioned tracks aren´t of great quality, they are just not as great as the rest) make up for it though and there are both enough jaw dropping moments and stunning melodies on the album to warrant calling this a high quality release.

The musicianship are as always an asset on "Dreaming Neon Black". Nevermore are all highly skilled musicians and especially lead vocalist Warrel Dane and guitarist Jeff Loomis stand out for their brilliant performances on this album. It´s one of Warrel Dane´s most varied and memorable vocal performances (although he always delivers high quality performances) and Jeff Loomis as always just stands above the rest when it comes to guitarists. He is positively on fire on this album, shredding, bending, playing fast, playing melodic, distorted/acoustic and everything in between. I´d especially mention his performance on "I Am the Dog" as very original sounding. The rest of the band are very well playing too and deserve a mention too. Van Williams is both a powerful and adventurous drummer, who is able to drive the music forward in an aggressive manner, yet play more subtle when that is called for (his percussive playing on "Cenotaph" is an example of the latter). Jim Sheppard´s bass is pretty high in the mix, and it´s great that the listener is allowed to hear what a great player he is. Tim Calvert mostly plays rhythm guitars on the album, but judging from what is being played, he is a very capable guitarist.

The Neil Kernon sound production is detailed, powerful, dark and heavy. As mentioned the bass is placed pretty high in the mix, and as a result "Dreaming Neon Black" is probably Nevermore´s heaviest sounding album. So almost everything works really well on the album from production, to skilled musicians playing at the top of their game, to predominantly brilliant songwriting and a 4.5 star (90%) rating is fully deserved.

NEVERMORE The Year of the Voyager

Live album · 2008 · Thrash Metal
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"The Year of the Voyager" is a double disc, 2 hours long live album release by US power/thrash metal act Nevermore. The album was released through Century Media Records in October 2008. "The Year of the Voyager" is available in a limited-edition 2DVD+2CD version, a standard 2DVD version, a standard 2CD version and limited 3LP version. The album features a full live show recorded October 11, 2006 at The Zeche Club in Bochum, Germany. It´s the same show that is featured on the DVD (plus some extra material from a couple of other shows from the tour supporting "This Godless Endeavor (2005)".

There´s no questioning that this was exactly the right moment to record a Nevermore live album. Commercially and artistically they were at their peak and for the first time in years they had a stable second guitarist in Steve Smyth (that relationship would soon end too though). The band are a very well playing and tight unit and to top it off lead vocalist Warrel Dane delivers a strong, attitude filled and commanding performance. That man has the pipes and the skills to use them. Not all vocalists can deliver on stage, but Warrel Dane is on fire...

Musically we´re treated to US power/thrash metal of the highest caliber. Nevermore were always in a league of their own and listening to this concert which includes tracks from all their studio albums up until then, it once again becomes clear why that is. It´s a combination of high quality songwriting, a distinct sounding lead vocalist, a virtuoso lead guitarist (on this album two) and a tight and great playing rythm section.

It can always be argued if the setlist includes the right tracks, but personally I think the 19 tracks on "The Year of the Voyager" do a good job of representing Nevermore and their discography up until then. We´re both presented to (at the time) new tracks like "Final Product", "My Acid Words", "Born", "Sentient 6" and the almost 10 minutes long "This Godless Endeavor", as well as older "classics" like the "What Tomorrow Knows / Garden of Grey" medley, "Matricide" and "Next in Line", but the intermediate albums are also all well represented on "The Year of the Voyager". Highlights include "The Politics of Ecstasy", "Inside Four Walls" and "The Learning", but almost any track off the album could have been mentioned in the same breath. The only track that I think is a bit questionable is "Dreaming Neon Black". In the studio version it´s of course a fantastic track, but it´s also layered with multible guitars, and it´s like something is missing from the live version, as the band can´t fully replicate the rather complex studio arrangement. It´s a minor issue though and overall the track works fine, but I did notice this as a slight negative.

The sound production is very well sounding and everything is audible in the mix. So all in all "The Year of the Voyager" is a very worthwhile live album by Nevermore. There are also enough audience participation (singing, clapping, shouting) and communication between Warrel Dane and the audience between the tracks, to make "The Year of the Voyager" sound like a "real" live recording. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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Junkiemaxxx wrote:
more than 2 years ago
It must apper in PA a prog-related
UMUR wrote:
more than 2 years ago
We´ve recently had this debate among the collabs and since most agreed to keep them in Power Metal that´s where they will stay for now. You´re always welcome to start a thread in the forum suggesting a move, if you want to hear other people´s opinions.
snowman1980 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
power metal? may be trash, prog metal I thinck

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