Nevermore was formed by Warrell Dane & Jim Sheppard, formerly of Sanctuary. Guitarist Jeff Loomis was also with Sanctuary for a short time. Contrary to popular opinion, I think Nevermore are better than Sanctuary. Their music is full of emotion yet heavier than a freight train full of steel. Guitarist Tim Calvert, who joined the band before recording "dreaming neon black," is formerly of Forbidden, but left the band before recording "Dead Heart in a Dead World."

Nevermore Nevermore (Century Media) 1995

1."What Tomorrow Knows" (5:11)
2."C.B.F." (6:02)
3."The Sanity Assassin" (6:21)
4."Garden of Gray" (4:48)
5."Sea of Possibilities" (4:18)
6."The Hurting Words" (6:17)
7."Timothy Leary" (5:12)
8."Godmoney" (4:23)


Probably the most Sanctuary-like cd in Nevermore's catalogue. This was actually the last Nevermore disc I purchased after buying everything through Dreaming Neon Black. This is probably the least listened to Nevermore CD in my collection as well as it doesn't quite hold up to the next three discs, in my opinion. May be if I had heard this one first., I would have thought it a classic, but "The Politics of Ecstasy" was actually the first album I had heard. My two favorite tracks are "What Tomorrow Knows" and the excellent "Garden of Gray."

in memory Nevermore - in memory (Century Media) 1996

1. "Optimist or Pessimist" (3:39)
2. "Matricide" (5:21)
3. I"n Memory" (7:05)
4. "Silent Edges/Double Dare" (4:42)
5. "The Sorrowed Man" (5:25)

Cool little ep digi-pack. "Optimist or Pessimist" is an incredible technical speed metal song! "Matricide" and "In Memory" are a Sanctuary-esq power metal songs. "Silent Hedges/Double Dare" is a cover of Bauhause (I think?!?) song. "The Sorrowed Man" is an eerie acoustic ballad. Nice little collector's item. Can't remember where I picked this one up, but I'm glad I did.

Politics of Ecstacy Nevermore - The Politics of Ecstasy (Century Media) 1996

1. "The Seven Tongues of God" (6:00)
2. "This Sacrament" (5:10)
3. "Next in Line" (5:34)
4. "Passenger" (5:27)
5. "The Politics of Ecstasy" (7:57)
6. "Lost" (4:15)
7. "The Tiananmen Man" (5:25)
8. "Precognition" [instrumental] (1:38)
9. "42147 " (4:59)
10. "The Learning" (9:38)
11. "The Politics of Ecstasy" (1:12)

Leaner, meaner, heavier, and more technical than anything Sanctuary ever did. The song "The Seven Tongues of God" had me hooked immediately. "Politics" is melodic, progressive but heavy as any thrash band. Still can't understand why all these Sanctuary fans complain about this band. OK, Warrell Dane doesn't sing like he just inhaled helium, but he still has killer pipes. Besides, those high pitched shrieks still manage to make their way in here an there. I dunno, I just like it! "The Seven Tongues of God" is a KILLER song, matching, if not surpassing the intensity of Sanctuary's "Battle Angels." At 14:44 into the last song, "The Learning", after several minutes of silence, there is a reprise to "The Politics of Ecstasy" that is not listed on the track listing. The cover art on this disc is a bit disturbing.

Dreaming Neon Black Nevermore - dreaming neon black (Century Media) 1999

1. "Ophidian" (:47)
2. "Beyond Within" (5:12)
3. "The Death of Passion" (4:11)
4. "I Am the Dog" (4:14)
5. "Dreaming Neon Black" (6:26)
6. "Deconstruction" (6:40)
7. "The Fault of the Flesh" (4:54)
8. "The Lotus Eaters" (4:26)
9. "Poison God Machine" (4:34)
10. "All Play Dead" (4:58)
11. "Cenotaph" (4:39)
12. "No More Will" (5:46)
13. "Forever" (4:11)
Jeff Loomis
Jeff Loomis

I love this disc. "Poison Godmachine" sends chills down my spine and is so stinking heavy! "Forever" is downright haunting. The title track sticks in your head like super glue to your fingers. There are so many different emotions present on this disc, from the fast technical speed metal to the somber acoustic interludes and even dark gothic moments. "Dreaming Neon Black" is one of those discs that I just enjoy listening to from start to finish. It's a good thing that CD's don't wear out like records did, or this one would have been wasted since I have played it so much. Supposedly this is some sort of concept album that I guess is loosely based on a woman who has died in the water and is calling out to her lover to join her in death. Ex-Forbidden guitarist Tim Calvert joined Nevermore for the recording of this disc. I saw Nevermore on this tour and they were tight. Warrel Dane is a spaz on stage. At times I thought he was going into diabetic convulsions of something. I laugh every time I think of him singing "I feel so hollow" from "The Death of Passion."

Oh, for all those who spend time complaining and raking this band over the coals because Nevermore don't sound like old Sanctuary, get a life!

Nevermore Dead Heart Box
Nevermore - Dead Heart in a Dead World (Lmtd. Edition Box)
(Century Media) 2000

1. "Narcosynthesis" (5:31)
2. "We Disintegrate" (5:12)
3. "Inside Four Walls" (4:40)
4. "Evolution 169" (5:51)
5. "The River Dragon Has Come" (5:06)
6. "The Heart Collector" (5:56)
7. "Engines of Hate" (4:43)
8. "The Sound of Silence" (5:13)
9. "Insignificant" (4:57)
10. "Believe in Nothing" (4:22)
11. "Dead Heart in a Dead World" (5:07)
12. "Love Bites" (5:22)
13. "All the Cowards Hide" (5:55)
14. "Chances Three" (3:02)
Warrell Dane
Warrell Dane

Being a CD junkie, I manage to get most of my CDs relatively cheap, sometimes even free. However, there are few bands that I am willing to spend the suggested retail price for. Nevermore are one of those bands and they are worth every penny. I bought this disc the day it came out. As a matter of fact, I special ordered it long before it was released to make sure that there was a copy at the store waiting for me the day it was released. I purchased the limited edition box set that includes 3 bonus tracks as well as a poster, sticker, altered cover art, and a video track for "Next in Line." " Well, I can honestly say that in the first three days I have had this disc, it has already been spun at least six times, so I think I will get my $15 worth. The first listen, I had a smile on my face the entire time, and it sure did make rush hour go by a bit easier. "The Sound of Silence" was originally written by Simon & Garfunkel, but Nevermore's rendition sounds almost nothing like the original as the band has almost completely rewritten the song, making it their own. "Love Bites" is. of course, the song they recorded for Hard Rock Magazine's Judas Priest Tribute. As I said on the tribute review, their rendition is absolutely fabulous.Nevermore are still on the top of my list of new metal bands. I do wonder sometimes though, if the lyrics really reflect Warrel Dane as a person, he must walk in a constant state of depression. Poor guy.

Believe in Nothing Nevermore - Believe in Nothing (Century Media) 2001

1. "Believe In Nothing" (edit)
2. "Sound of Silence" (5:13)
3. "All The Cowards Hide" (5:55)
4. "Love Bites" (5:22)
5. "Believe In Nothing" (4:22)
6. "Believe In Nothing" (CD-ROM Video)

This CD single offers casual fans some rare tracks that were formerly only available on the now out-of-print, special edition box set of Dead Heart in a Dead World. To the obsessed fan, as myself, there is nothing really new to this disc other than an edited version and video of the dark, acoustic ballad "Believe in Nothing." The two cover tracks on this disc are both stupendous. What I really admire about Nevermore's cover songs is that they attempt to make the songs sound like their own. Both Judas Priest's "Love Bites" and Simon and Garfunkel's "Sound of Silence" are prime examples of this. I have read several reviews that knock the Paul Simon song, but I think that it works well for the band. "Love Bites" has been previously released on the box set version of "Dead Heart" and was also released on Rock Hard's Judas Priest tribute. The one unreleased original "All the Cowards Hide" is a prime Nevermore cut but has also been released on the box set. So, why buy this single if all the material has seen release elsewhere? Because it's Nevermore!!! Do you need any other reason? (-:

Enemies of Reality Enemies of Reality Limited Nevermore - Enemies of Reality (Century Media) 2003

DISC ONE (Audio disc)
1. "Enemies of Reality" (5:11)
2. "Ambivalent" (4:12)
3. "Never Purify" (4:03)
4. "Tomorrow Turned into Yesterday" (4:35)
5. "1, Voyager " (5:48)
6. "Create the Infinite" (3:38)
7. "Who Decides" (4:15)
8. "Noumenon" (4:37)
9. "Seed Awakening" (4:30)
1. "Believe In Nothing" (Video-clip)
2. "Next In Line" (Video-clip)
3. "What Tomorrow Knows" (Video-clip)
4. "Engines Of Hate" (Live USA 2001)
5. "Beyond Within" (Live USA 2001)

Pure brilliance! Nevermore are without a doubt one of the finest modern metal bands. Nevermore retain the traditional values of heavy metal yet stay unpredictable and sound fresh. Despite the fact that "Enemies of Reality" is the band's rawest recording to date (and worst produced, courtesy of Queensryche / Dokken producer Kelly Gray), the incredible songwriting still shines through. There is blend of brutal speed metal, technical progressive song writing, shredding guitar solos, and jaw dropping drum work...and that is just track one. The intensity really never lets up until "Tomorrow Turned into Yesterday" when 'ol Warrell brings about a somber, ballad-like dirge. "Never Purify" and "Seed Awakening" are two of my favorite tracks on the disc, both are outrageously intense. The guitar solo in "Never Purify" is unbelievable. There is one break in the music where the lead continues to play through that left my jaw on the floor. Each song here is heavy, focused and well rounded. "Enemies of Reality" has been stripped of any filler whatsoever. To be honest, I was disappointed on my first listen. I much prefer the more clean production of the rest of Nevermore's catalogue, however, after the initial disappointment wore off, with each repeated listen, this one grew on me more and more. The title track alone was stuck in my head for days. My particular copy is the limited edition double disc version that comes in a black jewel case with the Nevermore logo foil embossed (pictured above). The second disc is a DVD complete with all the band's past videos and a couple new live videos.

Enemies of Reality (Remix) Nevermore - Enemies of Reality (Remix) 2005

1. "Enemies of Reality" (5:11)
2. "Ambivalent" (4:12)
3. "Never Purify" (4:03)
4. "Tomorrow Turned into Yesterday" (4:35)
5. "1, Voyager " (5:48)
6. "Create the Infinite" (3:38)
7. "Who Decides" (4:15)
8. "Noumenon" (4:37)
9. "Seed Awakening" (4:30)

Everyone complained about the bassy, muddy production on the original release. Even I, in my glowing review of this CD made a comment about prefering the "clean production" of the band's earlier discs. Even the band made comments about how unhappy they were with the final product. Well, thankfull in 2005, Enemies of Reality was remix and rereleased with slightly altered artwork and far superior production. I have heard some people say this sounds like a totally new album. I can see how some might say that, but since the original release of Enemies dominated my CD player for months, it doesn't sound 'new' to me, but it does sound 'better'. I much prefer this mix done by Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy, etc.) to the muddy mix by Kelly Gray. Everthing is brighter, guitar solos cut through, the bass drum has a punch and the songs are just brought to life. A brilliant album made better.

This Godless Endeavor Nevermore
Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor (Century Media) 2005

1. "Born" (5:05)
2. "Final Product" (4:21)
3. "My Acid Words" (5:41)
4. "Bittersweet Feast" (5:01)
5. "Sentient 6" (6:58)
6. "Medicated Nation" (4:01)
7. "The Holocaust of Thought" [instrumental] (1:27)
8. "Sell My Heart for Stones" (5:18)
9. "The Psalm of Lydia" (4:16)
10. "A Future Uncertain" (6:07)
11. "This Godless Endeavor" (8:55)

Nevermore comes storming back with their sixth album. I am dead serious when I say this may be Nevermore's strongest release yet. Time will tell if it can top "Dreaming Neon Black" as my personal favorite Nevermore release. However, with repeated listens I tend to discover more and more things to like about this CD. The music is complex, but without coming off as a bunch of technical noodling. Rather, the songcraft here is near perfect, and that is saying alot. Of course many fans were concerned with the production, after the botched mix that Kelly Gray did on "Enemies of Reality". Well with Andy Sneap back in control, Nevermore's sound is returned to it's metallic brilliance. "This Godless Endeavor" contains nearly an hour of music. I was initially a bit disappointed as I didn't hear anything as immediately catchy as "Inside Four Walls" from Dead Hear, I, Voyager" from Enemies or "Seven Tongues of God" from Politics of Ecstasy. However, as stated earlier, this album is a grower. The more you listen, the more you discover. There are a lot of intricate, dark melodies that begin to reveal themselves. Also, you begin to realize that Jeff Loomis has actually topped himself in terms of tasty, inventive, shredding guitar solos. Once again, this is saying a lot as some of his guitar work on past CDs was already jaw-dropping awesome. Take one listen to the guitar solo in the inventive "The Psalm of Lydia" and see if it doesn't leave your jaw on the floor. It's probably also important to mention that James Murphy (formerly of Testament and Death) lays down a solo on the minute-and-a-half instrumental "The Holocaust of Thought".

As with past releases, Nevermore know how to turn up the intensity when needed. Opening track "Born" may well be one of the heaviest tracks from the band yet. Most of the tracks are actually very heavy and the songs structures are pretty complex. It's almost impossible to put into works, but Nevermore manage to successfully meld together elements of power metal, thrash metal, doom and progressive rock. However, there are some more straight forward moments as well. "My Acid Words" has a classic metal vibe that reminds me a bit of the second Sanctuary CD. Likewise, "Bittersweet Feast" is a bit more straight forward in approach than songs like the epic, nine minute long title track. Nevermore have never been afraid to step out a bit and shed the heavy metal clichés, and this CD is no exception. I might even be so bold as to say that some of the album's finer moments are the more somber, almost ballad-like songs. The problem with the term ballad, however, is that it tends to bring thoughts of pretty, sweet, radio songs. That is not the case here. "Sentient 6", while it is slow and melancholy, it is also sort of eerie and haunting, as opposed to having a pop leaning.

Lyrically, the band continues down dark, poetic roads. 'Ol Barrel certainly seems bitter towards organized religion. However, reading through the lyrics for the first and only time before writing this, I found them to be more like personal poems that are completely open to interpretation than any sort of definite statements. There are some themes picked up from past albums as well. "Sentient 6" actually picks up lyrically where "The Learning" left off from The Politics Of Ecstasy. This song is almost like an episode of the Twilight Zone in which the created (a computer in this case) becomes smart enough to start questioning it's creator, culminating into a war of creator vs. created.

Nevermore are one of the finest heavy metal bands in the '00s. Certainly, "This Godless Endeavor" is a contender for album of the year and sets a standard for new metal in the future.

I was caught Nevermore on their tour with Megadeth and Dream Theater. I was fortunate enough to be able to meet them again and have them sign my CD. (I had met them once before on their tour with Iced Earth). Unfortunately they only had enough time on stage to play six songs. Here's hoping that this CD will give them the opportunity to do their own headline tour.

Obsidian Conspiracy Nevermore - The Obsidian Conspiracy (Century Media) 2010

1.     The Termination Proclamation (3:12)
2.     Your Poison Throne (3:54)
3.     Moonrise (Through Mirrors of Death) (4:03)
4.     And the Maiden Spoke (5:00)
5.     Emptiness Unobstructed (4:39)
6.     The Blue Marble and the New Soul (4:41)
7.     Without Morals (4:19)
8.     The Day You Built the Wall (4:23)
9.     She Comes in Colors (5:34)
10.   The Obsidian Conspiracy (5:16)

Jeff Loomis

It's been nearly five years since the last new Nevermore studio release. During that time the band toured quite a bit plus Warrel Dane (vocals) and Jeff Loomis (guitars) each released solo albums. Finally in 2010 they unleash a new studio album titled The Obsidian Conspiracy, a CD that follows the Nevermore tradition of pummeling heaviness and progressive influences. No one really sounds quite like this band. On "The Obsidian Conspiracy" the band seems to have simplified things slightly, using simpler song structures and more straight-forward metal rifss, yet they do so without sounding contrived or stale.

"The Termination Proclamation" is an outstanding opening track, a short, fast-to-mid tempo, galloping song with razor-sharp riffing that sets the stage for the rest of the album. The song seamlessly flows into "Your Poison Throne", a song with a shout-along chorus that is sure to be a concert staple. "Moonrise" is intensely heavy yet somehow manages to retain a sense of melody as well. The song is probably the one song with the most instantly recognizable hook on the album. "I feel the moonrise inside my head..." The album then gets slightly more melodramatic with “And The Maiden Spoke”. The song features some insane drumming and some spoken word vocals along with melodic singing from Dane and an intense guitar solo break. "Emptiness Unobstructed" dials back the intensity quite a bit, but evokes a ton of emotion. The more melodramatic song allows Warrell Dane a chance to show that his pipes are still strong with a lot of range. "Without Morals" features a hooky, angry chorus, "This is why I hate you...". The album ends with as much intensity as it began with. The title track is an immensely heavy song with more razor-sharp riffing and fast double bass.

I've read a lot of negative and mediocre reviews of "The Obsidian Conspiracy". I'm not sure if I understand all the negativity. I personally find it to be instantly enjoyable, from Warrel Dane's dramatic vocals, to Jeff Loomis' insane guitar wizardry to the machine-like efficiency of the bands rhythm section; drummer Van Williams and bassist Jim Sheppard. Time will tell if this CD holds up against the classic albums from the Nevermore catalog. As it stands now, I am thoroughly enjoying some new music from one of my favorite metal bands.

The digi version of this album features two cover songs including "The Crystal Ship" (The Doors) and "Temptation" (The Tea Party). Cover art created by Travis Smith (Opeth, Katatonia).

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