Nevermore
Utopia (Demo)


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kris "KJ" Swantko USER (32 Reviews)
February 1st, 2013 | 11 replies | 1,239 views


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Calling all metal elites: grab this up.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

1992 Nevermore was:
Warrel Dane – Vocals
Jeff Loomis - Guitars
Jim Sheppard – Bass
Mark Arrington – Drums

Legend has it that in 1987 now renowned guitarist Jeff Loomis auditioned for a spot in Megadeth at the ripe age of 16 but was turned down due to his young age; never the less, Dave Mustaine was quite impressed with this youngster and told him he would one day be a phenomenal guitarist. It goes without saying that Dave’s prediction came about with prophetic accuracy. Flash forward five years to 1992 and we listeners are getting our first formal listen to this guitar-gripping maniac; the rest of the band isn’t half bad either (in fact they’re awesome).

What makes demos so great are the flashes of brilliance and the glimpses into the future that they present us with. Pure unadulterated talent and creativity. Nevermind the murky, low-budget sound production they usually take form in; this album is no different in that regard. In fact, you’ve got to turn the volume all the way up to even hear all the audible nuances. Jeff Loomis’ solos have incredible clarity given the overall quality of the recording, and his soloing cuts through the noise like a heated dagger through flesh.

Warrel Dane’s trademark vocals are unmistakable even in the early days. In “The Hurting Words”, Dane cringes and howls sometimes I feel like drowning just to make you saaaaaaaaaaay…. Fans of Nevermore will notice that “The Hurting Words” was later included on the group’s 1994 self-titled debut; likewise were “Garden of Gray” and “God Money.”

The complexity and artistry of this demo is incredible. Whereas most demos consist of ideas and strewn-together songs that have an amateurish feel, Nevermore’s Utopia shows a remarkable level of thoughtfulness and maturity. There is fast; there is slow; there is heavy and there is melodic. Simply put, this level of dynamism is rare for a demo. Relatively speaking, Nevermore were light years ahead of where the average metal band is at this point in their career. Had the sound quality been better, I could’ve been fooled as to whether or not this even was a demo. It's no wonder Nevermore would go on to reach great heights in the metal universe.

Memorable Loomis solos:
Garden of Grey [URL]http://youtu.be/CG9rKYLjXd0?t=2m59s[/URL]
The Hurting Words: [URL]http://youtu.be/xoJF96mqCBk?t=3m[/URL]
Matricide: [URL]http://youtu.be/k5I99ECAcOA?t=3m35[/URL]



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KjSwantko
February 1st 2013



9277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Okay evidently the bbcoding isn't going to work for the links, but click them if you're interested (they bring you right to the moment of the solo).

Cheers.

MO
February 1st 2013



18502 Comments


fuck yea band rules, nice one dood, I wanna hear this

VermicideReloadead
February 1st 2013



1433 Comments


It time to grab this up and headbang until the night.

FrozenVain
February 1st 2013



2403 Comments


Grab this up sounds kinda weird to be honest. You should change it to pick this/it up. Good review otherwise, pos'd

MO
February 1st 2013



18502 Comments


pffft changing it would be un-metal

KjSwantko
February 1st 2013



9277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

m/

CaptainDooRight
February 1st 2013



28814 Comments


workin for that contrib eh, POS'D

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KjSwantko
February 1st 2013



9277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You know it son. m/

johnnydeking29
February 1st 2013



9012 Comments


Band rules face

Digging: Envy - A Dead Sinking Story

cagedescending
February 1st 2013



4124 Comments


well shit i should look into this maybe

KjSwantko
February 1st 2013



9277 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a fun listen if you're a fan.



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