Nevermore
This Godless Endeavor


4.5
superb

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
August 9th, 2005 | 220 replies | 28,199 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


7 of 7 thought this review was well written

Wow...just wow. That was all I could say when I first listened to two songs from a This Godless Endeavor sampler. As soon as I pushed the 'play' button I was assaulted by the fast, crushing riffs, the insane guitar solos, and the tortured singing that are Nevermore. Even from a well-respected metal band - American metal especially - like Nevermore, no one would expect them to release a fantastic album every couple years. It's just unreasonable. In the past they have released albums Like Dreaming Neon Black, Dead Heart in a Dead World, and Enemies of Reality, any of which could be considered their best album. So after all of that, you'd think they'd have a good reason to take it easy and slack off a little right? Not to these guys. Even though they formed well over a decade ago, This Godless Endeavor is proof that Nevermore is an unstoppable musical force.

Warrel Dane has a little more than "a couple traumatic situations" in his life to fuel his music. Imagine your girlfriend has become part of an extremist religious cult. You try and get her out of it, but she falls into it anyway. Sometime later she disappears mysteriously and is never seen again...she is presumed dead, undoubtedly at the hands of the same cult you tried to protect her from.

I have just described for you the exact instance that happened to Warrel Dane, which went on to be the inspiration and story behind the concept album Dreaming Neon Black. Dane has a very emotional singing style. His voice can be heavy and brutal at times, but also extremely melodic.

I suppose much can be expected from a band grouping two trash lead guitarists, a thrash bassist, and a drummer who sounds as though he uses more than just four limbs. Much is also delivered. Smyth and Loomis bring forth a fast, heavy, riffing style that is not only catchy, but technical as well! These guys also trade solos back and forth in songs like a pair of virtuosos. They also make full use of acoustic guitars and acoustic soloing, just as they in the past. Guitarists will eat this stuff up with a spork (Loomis, by the way, has also begun work on a solo project). Sheppard's bass is heard in only a select few times, but hell, I liked it. Sometimes I think metal bass should get more exposure. I have also played witness to how big of a drumming inspiration Van Williams can be. His drumming is excellent throughout the album. There's the usual double bass (and I think some blast beats) but there's much more than that. This guy is a beast behind a set.

Make no mistake; these guys have the writing ability to lead their playing. The music is just straight up American Heavy Metal, but none of that new wave metalcore shit. The guitars whip fast, punishing riffs that beat you into a musical pulp and rebuild you according to the book of heavy metal (no, they don't sound like Dream Evil). Songs like Born, Psalm of Lydia, and My Acid Words all have great somewhat thrashy riffs. Medicated Nation is a call to get off of your pop punk and listen to some real music.

This band is not only heavy, but they also have a great melodic side. Born has an amazing, flowing chorus lead by Dane's voice. My Acid Words is a container of harmonized riffs and great singing. Sentient 6 is a very soft track (for a while) with Dane singing softy until the band crashes back in full force to make it an emotional cry for help. A Future Uncertain opens with some excellent acoustic work that really sticks in the mind.

The song lengths combined with their songwriting style is what makes the music truly impressive. Many songs on the album are between six and eight minutes long, thus showing a slight progressive side to their music. But unlike most progressive I know these guys don't get boring for a second. Many have very instrumental parts, long intros, or just packed full of riffs or lyrics. The seven-minute Sentient 6 starts out soft but becomes a long, melodic track. The title track This Godless Endeavor, a nine-minute metal epic, is full of mind-boggling riffs and solos. But even the short songs, such as the one and a half minute The Holocaust of Thought, make their presence known (that song is a short instrumental with great soloing).

I hope you all found this review informative. I know it's a bit toned down from my last Arch Enemy review. I love this band with a passion and tried my best to do them justice. The music is heavy, melodic, and technical - a combination that shou ld appeal to not only musicians, but any metal enthusiast.

Recommended tracks:
Born
My Acid Words
Medicated Nation
The Psalm of Lydia
This Godless Endeavor

It was so hard to single out several tracks...every song on this album is top-notch. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Final Rating - 4.5/5

A fine representation of what American heavy metal is. No matter who you are, if you're a metalhead, you owe it to yourself to check this band out. Have fun.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Blindguardian
August 9th 2005



186 Comments


Nice review for an excellent album. I first heard about Nevermore through an interview with Lamb of God in guitar world, in which one of the guitarists (not sure which) mentioned Loomis' name as a supremely underated guitarist. After downloading a few MP3's, I was hooked on the band and on Loomis' guitar work. I have Enemies of Reality (remaster), Dreaming Neon Black, and this. I love all three, but this is my favorite by a bit. For guitarists who are interested, Loomis is starting a column in Guitar World. Its pretty good stuff so far.

Dead_Trench
August 9th 2005



159 Comments


Is this album new? Anyway, good review, and it's just the right length, not too long and dragging.

Ace_of_Bass2112
August 9th 2005



257 Comments


man i was just about to review this but you proably did i better job then i would of so congrats on a good review

Shadows
Moderator
August 9th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Bumped due to sheer lack of posts. :mad:

Thanks for the cool words guys. This album is fantastic.This Message Edited On 08.09.05

Dancin' Man
August 9th 2005



719 Comments


A solid album. This band does some great work.

Iai
Emeritus
August 10th 2005



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Crushingly disappointing. I know I should have braced myself for something bad after Enemies Of Reality, but even so....

Shattered_Future
August 10th 2005



1539 Comments


^ Whaaa?

From what I have off of this album, it's excellent. My Acid Words is such a great song to get moving to...

Priestmetal
August 10th 2005



542 Comments


I just listened to these guys today for the first time and I didnt like them all that much. I don't see whats so special about their style or sound.

Iai
Emeritus
August 10th 2005



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

If this was the album you checked out, try Dreaming Neon Black or Dead Heart In A Dead World instead.

Priestmetal
August 10th 2005



542 Comments


hmm... ok. I'll keep that in mind. Cuz yea this is the album I checked out.

Shadows
Moderator
August 11th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What did you think earlier albums had that this album didn't?

canadapantsman
August 12th 2005



236 Comments


awesome review, now i need to get this. nevermore is one of those bands that got me into really heavier stuff, and loomis is underappreciated, as is the band itself. i think having a permanent rhythm guy will really help their sound as well.

94_Hours
August 19th 2005



73 Comments


I love this album but this is coming from someone that has never heard earlier stuff (goes on soulseek and starts downloading politics of ecstasy)

circleofdeadchildren
August 25th 2005



119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review for a awesome albumThis Message Edited On 08.26.05

Toaster
September 10th 2005



343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What did you think earlier albums had that this album didn't?


Other Nevermore albums, especially DNB, had better guitar riffs, basically. This album's riffs are good, and there is some great songwriting, but other Nevermore albums just seem more devastating, muscially. However, on this album, Warrell Dane has greatly improved his vocals, and Jeff Loomis and Steve Smyth have stepped up their solos.


Shadows
Moderator
September 10th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

DNB was a tough one to beat. That album is perfection. COmpared to other older stuff I've heard by these guys, this one is still one of the better albums.

Apathy
September 10th 2005



645 Comments


I love this album to death. The opening riff to "My Acid Words" is positively crushing.

spoon_of_grimbo
September 10th 2005



2240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ill admit i bought this because i felt like gambling on a band id not heard before but had heard good things about. this one had a rly cool cd case, so that clinched. best decision i ever made!!!

"sell my heart for stones" is my favourite, or "born" cuz of the spine tingling melodies.

circleofdeadchildren
September 11th 2005



119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I saw them on gigantour in montreal and they were incredible Live.This Message Edited On 09.11.05

M A D R I G A L
September 26th 2005



103 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very great album here. The riffs in "This Godless Endeavor" are amazingly brutal. Jeff Loomis has definately earned his spot as one of the best guitarists to emerge in the 90s.



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