Nevermore
In Memory


4.5
superb

Review

by K. McNichols USER (16 Reviews)
April 3rd, 2007 | 24 replies | 7,750 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A brilliant EP and a satisfying listen.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Nevermore consistently put out crushing albums. It's no wonder why when you look at the two main songwriting contributors Jeff Loomis and Warrel Dane. Listen to this album and you can see how well the two work together compositionally. I could go on for at least three or four paragraphs about why Jeff Loomis is probably the saviour of modern metal guitar playing. His playing makes Nevermore a force to be reckoned with. Warrel Dane on the other hand delivers thoughtful lyrics, unique (and at times operatic) vocals, and a wide palette of sonic emotions to the table.

Background:
Jeff Loomis - Guitars
Warrel Dane - Vocals
Jim Sheppard - Bass
Van Williams - Drums
Pat O'Brien - Guitars

In Memory is Nevermore's 2nd release, clocking in at around 26 minutes. It follows their eponymous debut album and was released shortly before their 2nd full-length, The Politics of Ecstasy.

In Memory:
It's obvious as soon as [i]Optimist or Pessimist[i] kicks in that Jeff Loomis can write a great riff. Warrel enters with some aggressive vocals, and it takes all of about 10 seconds for Jeff to rip out the first of many incredible solos. I personally enjoy every song on this EP, but Optimist or Pessimist is hands-down the catchiest of the five. It's also the foundation for a well written melodic interlude in between choruses. The main solo is an album highlight and one of Loomis' best. Lyrically the song deals with the human perspective of the world.

The Optimist understands why the world's gone down the drain
The Pessimist never bends, constricting thoughts in vain
From the Pessimist's point of view, there's nothing we can do
As I paint this picture grey and taste the pain, I'll play the Optimist


Matricide is less heavy, but not to be underestimated. I would venture to say that it strikes the perfect balance between melodic (don't expect any Gothenburg crap to here though) and heavy. My aim is not to throw the word melodic around, but it's a fitting way to describe a lot of what you'll be hearing on In Memory. As usual, Loomis makes room for another extraordinary solo. I'm aware of the thin line between critic and fanboy as well as the fact that I'm probably walking it, but Loomis and Dane's compositional talent is praiseworthy to say the least. The title track follows with a slow start and soft vocals as well as some very interesting vocal harmonies. Guitarists Jeff and Pat kick off the heavier portion of the song with my personal favorite riff of the entire EP.

I realize that up to this point I haven't described the rest of the band's performance, but Jim Sheppard's standout (and practically the only audible) bassline occurs during Silent Hedges/Double Dare which isn't saying much. Van Williams is a capable drummer, however he tends to play it safe for the most part. Pat O'Brien of Cannibal Corpse fame is the second guitarist, and while he has a reputation of high technical prowess he fails to distinguish himself from Jeff Loomis on this album.

Everyone who has heard the Bauhaus cover/medley Silent Hedges/Double Dare will agree it's not as memorable as the other four tracks, but I personally enjoy it quite a bit. With a little patience it may grow on the listener as it has myself. On the positive side it's a change of mood, as it has a slower and darker undertone than the rest of the songs. The Sorrowed Man is the closing track, featuring an outstanding vocal performance. Jeff's slow solo over a somber acoustic background makes this song a bit moody and finishes things up on a mellow note.

Overall, In Memory is one of Nevermore's most diverse releases as it manages to mix (not overly) melodic tendencies with thrashy arrangements that steer away from the band's later groove-oriented material.



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Cravinov13
April 3rd 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty good review. This was a good EP, better then the S/T and Politics Of Ecstacy. I prefere post-Dreaming Neon Black era Nevermore. The first 3 releases don't do much for me.

rattlehead42147
April 3rd 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for commenting, I love all their albums, I try not to be too much of a fanboy about it, but yeah their music just gets better and better, they are currently recording a new album.

Cravinov13
April 3rd 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I know. This Godless Endeavor was a solid release that got me into them, and Dreaming Neon Black is my favorite.

rattlehead42147
April 3rd 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dreaming Neon Black is also my favorite. It doesn't get any better.

Wizard
April 3rd 2007



19296 Comments


Excellent review! The thing I love about these guys is that they are consistent with their sound and build on it with each album that follows one after another.

Digging: Downer - Downer

rattlehead42147
April 4th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I honestly have no idea why no one likes the vocals.

hermitspancho
April 4th 2007



278 Comments


Dreaming neon black is a great album and i love This Godless endeavor as well.Seen them live late last year as support and they (easily )stole the show from the main

Confessed2005
June 18th 2007



3314 Comments


I'd kill to see Nevermore live. Loomis is one of my fave guitarists.

rattlehead42147
June 18th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what i wouldn't give to see that! Loomis is my favorite guitarist hands down.

FR33L0RD
June 19th 2007



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yep..Loomis is real good

rattlehead42147
July 15th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this was only my second review so i edited it a bit now it is better looking and sounding.

Wizard
November 4th 2007



19296 Comments


"I honestly have no idea why no one likes the vocals."
Because his vocals aren't angry/ growling enough and they don't sound like everyone else in the genre. His vocals are amazing!

Willie
Moderator
November 4th 2007



15897 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

That might be so, but this album isn't that good...

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

rattlehead42147
November 4th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@the wizard
haha i agree man, me you and a select few only seem to see it that way... :upset:
@will
i love this album with a passion, if anything the only unworthy song here is silent hedges/dd but it grew on me and i love it as well.This Message Edited On 11.04.07

Wizard
November 4th 2007



19296 Comments


"but this album isn't that good..."
This isn't their best. They really took off with The Politics of Ecstasy.This Message Edited On 11.04.07

Willie
Moderator
November 4th 2007



15897 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

My thoughts exactly... they took off with The Politics of Ecstasy... although I go against the average Nevermore fan because I don't think "Dead Heart..." is that strong of a Nevermore album either.

Wizard
November 4th 2007



19296 Comments


Neither was Dreaming Neon Black. I found that album to be quite a step down from Politics.This Message Edited On 11.04.07

Essence
November 4th 2007



3583 Comments


I personally think it's refreshing to be able to UNDERSTAND what the vocalist is saying while getting my ears raped by awesome instrumentation

Wizard
November 4th 2007



19296 Comments


Well said JackTiger!

rattlehead42147
November 4th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i agree but its not just that you can understand him, he's a great fucking lyricist and sings amazingly, which comes through especially on PoE and TGE.
ie:
We contemplate oblivion as we resonate our dissonance
In godless random interpretation
The universe still expands, mankind still can’t understand
How to define you, so hide your face and watch us exterminate ourselves over you
Welcome to the end my friend, the sky has opened


great stuff!This Message Edited On 11.04.07



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