Nevermore

Nevermore

Quoth the raven, “Tis fucking good”

It has been a tough 5 years. This Godless Endeavor dropped almost exactly half a decade ago & it blew the world away. The complaints leveled (rather unfairly) at Enemies of Reality were rectified when they brought in uber-producer Andy Sneap. Nevermore enjoyed new heights of success culminating in a support slot for nu-metal lightweights, Disturbed. I wish I were kidding. After this trauma, Nevermore released the brilliant Year of the Voyager DVD then promptly dropped off the radar.

From the opening strains of The Termination Proclamation, it’s obvious, they’ve done it again. Majestic heavy metal that defies genre classification. Loomis’s 7 string mastery, Warrel Dane’s soaring vocals & an underlying appreciation of melody that is so often missing in metal today. And The Maiden Spoke is pure My Dying Bride-esque doom metal channeled through the twisted imagination of King Diamond. Ballad Emptiness Unobstructed is the outstanding track of the album with Loomis mostly taking a back seat to let Dane demonstrate his power.

Is this soliloquy or psychosis,
Or self hypnosis?

Moonrise (Through Mirrors Of Death) – Nevermore

The lyrics may have been carved from a single, massive block of edam & delivered in a manner fatal to lactose intolerants but it adds a level of accessibility to proceedings. For all the progressive touches & the guitar work that makes every bedroom guitarist cry into their Squier Strat, what makes Nevermore so special is the fact that they make great heavy metal that everyone with an IQ above 7 can appreciate. The Obsidian Conspiracy can sit happily within their canon of greats, somewhere between Dead Heart In A Dead World & their 2 masterpieces, This Godless Endeavor & Enemies Of Reality.

Special note should be made of the Limited Edition packaging which includes the rather ambitiously titled Play Guitar Like Jeff Loomis & a ton of artwork that really deserves framing.

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  • cowboyfromhell69

    i dont think its comparable to any of their other masterpieces,,,this album was a huge disapointment and i hope they release a GOOD NEVERMORE album, in less than 5 yrs…

  • cowboyfromhell69

    i dont think its comparable to any of their other masterpieces,,,this album was a huge disapointment and i hope they release a GOOD NEVERMORE album, in less than 5 yrs…

  • http://www.ewengcameron.com ewen

    I disagree. I think tracks like Emptiness Unobstructed, Without Morals & the title track stand on a par with the more recent stuff. I think Godless Endeavor & Enemies of Reality are better but the new one is a beast.

  • http://www.ewengcameron.com ewen

    I disagree. I think tracks like Emptiness Unobstructed, Without Morals & the title track stand on a par with the more recent stuff. I think Godless Endeavor & Enemies of Reality are better but the new one is a beast.

  • cowboyfromhell69

    The Good:The Termination Proclamation
    Moonrise (Through Mirrors Of Death)
    Emptiness Unobstructed
    She Comes In Colors
    The Obsidian Conspiracy

    The Bad: Your Poison Throne
    And The Maiden Spoke
    The Blue Marble And The New Soul
    Without Morals
    The Day You Built The Wall

    i think the lyrical work on this album was horrid and there are definatly parts or aspects of the good songs that i didnt enjoy, like the repeatitive/altered riff in She Comes in Colours, awesome badass riff, but couldve used a few more parts.

  • cowboyfromhell69

    The Good:The Termination Proclamation
    Moonrise (Through Mirrors Of Death)
    Emptiness Unobstructed
    She Comes In Colors
    The Obsidian Conspiracy

    The Bad: Your Poison Throne
    And The Maiden Spoke
    The Blue Marble And The New Soul
    Without Morals
    The Day You Built The Wall

    i think the lyrical work on this album was horrid and there are definatly parts or aspects of the good songs that i didnt enjoy, like the repeatitive/altered riff in She Comes in Colours, awesome badass riff, but couldve used a few more parts.

  • cowboyfromhell69

    (the instrumental for each song is cool, i just think warrel took a shit on this album)

  • cowboyfromhell69

    (the instrumental for each song is cool, i just think warrel took a shit on this album)

  • http://www.ewengcameron.com ewen

    I thought Without Morals was a highlight. The lyrics are hilariously awful but that’s one of the reasons we love Nevermore. The guitar work is flawless as usual.

  • http://www.ewengcameron.com ewen

    I thought Without Morals was a highlight. The lyrics are hilariously awful but that’s one of the reasons we love Nevermore. The guitar work is flawless as usual.

  • cowboyfromhell69

    haha, their lyrics have never been this bad, or at least danes vocals made up for iffy parts…but this album…..like goddamn, that song specifically, if you liIiIIiiiiiiie to meeeeEeeEEeeeEE slander MeeeeeEEEEeeEEEEEEEEEE

  • cowboyfromhell69

    haha, their lyrics have never been this bad, or at least danes vocals made up for iffy parts…but this album…..like goddamn, that song specifically, if you liIiIIiiiiiiie to meeeeEeeEEeeeEE slander MeeeeeEEEEeeEEEEEEEEEE

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