Please excuse the fairly long pause I took - I was busy with stuff that kept me from sitting one for a good hour. But now I'm back with a post on a more popular band:
Genre: Progressive Power/Thrash Metal
Formed: 1992 in Seattle, Washington (USA), active
Warrel Dane - Vocals (also in Sanctuary, formerly in Serpent's Knight)
Jeff Loomis - Guitars (also in Sanctuary, formerly in Experiment Fear)
Van Williams - Drums (also in Pure Sweet Hell)
Steve Smyth - Guitars (formerly in Testament, Dragonlord, Vicious Rumours)
Jim Sheppard - Bass (also in Sanctuary, formerly in Alice In Chains)
Pat O'Brien (also in Cannibal Corpse, Chastain, formerly in Ceremony, Monstrosity)
Tim Calvert (also in Forbidden)
Chris Broderick (Jag Panzer) - live guitars in 2006
1992 - Utopia (demo)
1994 - 1994 demo
1995 - Nevermore (album)
1996 - In Memory (EP)
1996 - The Politics Of Ecstasy (album)
1999 - Dreaming Neon Black (album)
2000 - Dead Heart In A Dead World (album)
2000 - Believe In Nothing (single)
2003 - Enemies Of Reality (album)
2005 - This Godless Endeavor (album)
After the disbanding of Sanctuary, Warrel Dane, Jeff Loomis and Jim Sheppard decided to found a new band, adding Van Williams to the line-up and naming it Nevermore.
Founded in the epicentre of Grunge at it's high time, Nevermore persisted as a metal band and were recognized by Neil Kernon, a producer now famous for having worked with bands like Judas Priest, Queensryche, The Rolling Stones and Cannibal Corpse (what a mix!), who produced their self-titled debut, which eventually scored them a record deal with Century Media Records.
They subsequently recorded "The Politics Of Ecstasy" (with Pat O'Brien) and "Dreaming Neon Black" (with Tim Calvert), then switched to recording with Andy Sneap and recorded "Dead Heart In A Dead World".
While they had risen to worldwide fame amongst different parts of the metal community, Nevermore was encountering problems: Century Media cut the budget for their coming album, so they had to stay in Seattle and hired ex-Queensryche guitarist Kelly Gray - probably the biggest mistake of their career.
Kelly Gray completely destroyed the sound quality of "Enemies Of Reality" (my favourite Nevermore album), which, was still quite well-received though. The guitars sounded indefinite, the drums like plastic buckets and frying pans.
Also, Warrel Dane was beginning to suffer from his constant alcohol consumption.
But he eventually managed to become sober and improve his voice.
Century Media, facing the fans' criticism about the sound, then gave the band money to re-mix the album.
They gave it to Andy Sneap, who gave the album a whole new dimension.
Shortly after, they added their live guitarist Steve Smyth to the constant line-up.
They then recorded their best received album to date, entitled "This Godless Endeavor". The press gave it full ratings and declared it album of the month with almost no exceptions.
However, another setback followed: Steve Smyth was diagnosed with kidney failure on April 30th 2006. All live activities of 2006 had to be managed by Chris Broderick.
Luckily, Smyth received a kidney transplant in December 2006 and is already feeling a lot better.
In my opinion, Nevermore is a band that has a place in metal history. Their sound is unmistakable, and their combination of blazingly fast soloing and mind-bending riffs with Dane's operatic voice and a certain catchiness makes them stand out from the crowd.
If you like metal, and you enjoy your metal unique, definitely check them out (if you don't have already!)!
Nevermore Official Website
Nevermore @ myspace
Nevermore @ purevolume
Videos @ youtube.com:
Nevermore: Chris Broderick & Jeff Loomis Guitar Solo Duel
Jeff Loomis demonstrating the first riff of "Ambivalent":
The video clip to "Born":
"Enemies Of Reality" live at Wacken 2004:
The video clip to "Final Product":
"This Godless Endeavor" live at Wacken 2006:
Nevermore in the studio:
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