Nevermore
Dead Heart In A Dead World


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
October 14th, 2006 | 68 replies | 19,512 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


Nevermore is quite an interesting band. Formed around 1992, the band has recorded six albums, with many of them being very well received. Albums such as Dreaming Neon Black, Politics of Ecstasy, and This Godless Endeavor, have all been met with very positive reviews. But despite those albums being very good (my favourite would be This Godless Endeavor), the Nevermore album that first got me into the band was 2000's Dead Heart in a Dead World. With this full length release, Nevermore's fourth, the band experimented with only one guitarist (Jeff Loomis of course). To make up for the lack of an axe partner, Jeff picked up a seven stringer for extra heaviness. Quite an important part of the album I must say, but I'll look into that later.

Dead Heart in a Dead World is a very strong effort. As I mentioned earlier, Nevermore has been a very consistent band, and this album does nothing to change that. With face melting solos, crushing riffs, and pounding drums, this Seattle based metal band would bring a tear of joy to the eyes of any metal purist disgruntled with the NWOAHM. The opening track, Narcosynthesis, is a very good example of the sound found on the album. Both the album and the song features a very heavy, and at the same time, deep sound. This is where the seven stringer helps define the sound. At times, the album sounds very somber, while at other times it has a furious aggression. In a way they remind me of another American metal band, Iced Earth. Both bands maintain a melancholic element in their music, which is very effective. Musically is where Dead Heart in a Dead World excels the most, with songs like Narcosynthesis and Inside Four Walls Being particularly effective.

Vocally, this band again compares to Iced Earth. Nevermore's singer, Warrel Dane really reminds me of the ever so popular ex-vocalist Matt Barlow. While they do not really sound alike upon first listens, they both have a melancholic vocal style that fits both bands' music very well. Dane generally spends time singing in a lower range, and has a very effective technique. Though again, similarly to Barlow, Warrel's vocals are not always fun to listen to. At times, the low pitch he uses can be quite depressing to listen to, especially as you get farther into the album. That is really my only complaint with the album, or even Nevermore in general. Perhaps my favourite performance of the album is in the opening track. It's in Narcosynthesis where Warrel's vocals are at their catchiest, especially during the pre-chorus. Good stuff. Anyways, he still does quite a good job for what he's trying to accomplish, and I feel that it is a vital part of the album's sound.

Lyrically, Nevermore's themes match up both the instrumental aspect of the album and the vocals. Lyrically, the band is not very hard to figure out. Just a casual glance at the album's title can tell you that. Like many of Nevermore's lyrics, the writings on Dead Heart in a Dead World are very bleak. Much of the album is spent commenting on the negative aspects of the world. One song with a message that is particularly effective is that of Inside Four Walls. It is here that Warrel Dane angrily blasts the government, and its judicial policies. Nevermore's lyrics are not really all that fun. They're angry, hostile, sombre and tortured. But they do offer up a different point of view, and this can get fairly interesting at times.

Nevermore's 2000 effort, Dead Heart in a Dead World, was not my first album from the Seattle band. But along with This Godless Endeavor, the album is definitely one of my favourites. What makes Nevermore's fourth full length release stand out the most is by far the solid, heavy riffing and well constructed guitar solos from Jeff Loomis. The aggressive sound is also very effective and another selling point of the band's sound. Once again, Nevermore delivers with a very consistent album. Dead Heart in a Dead World is definitely an excellent album for new listeners of the band to get into, especially fans of deep, melancholic music.

Recommended Tracks:
Inside Four Walls
Engines of Hate
Narcosynthesis
We Disintegrate



Recent reviews by this author
Funeral for a Friend ConduitPropagandhi Failed States
Tycho DiveMegadeth Th1rt3en
Fair to Midland Arrows and AnchorsArch Enemy Khaos Legions
user ratings (478)
Chart.
4.2
excellent
other reviews of this album
johnny of the Well (4)
Spitting the truth into the engines of hate...

karkus (5)
...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Cravinov13
October 14th 2006



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review. IMO this is Nevermore's second best album.

CanonInD
October 14th 2006



359 Comments


Isn't the singers name Warrel, not Warren?

This Godless Endeavor is an alright album, but Dane's voice gets annoying fast.

Shattered_Future
October 14th 2006



1540 Comments


Good review, but I don't like this album that much. The riffs are a bit...boring, really. I got used to the riffage throughout albums like Enemies Of Reality, which are a lot more technical than these. Warrel's vocals are top notch on this release though.

Mikesn
Emeritus
October 14th 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Isn't the singers name Warrel, not Warren?

Fixed.

SF, I'll have to check out Enemies of Reality then, I think it's one of two Nevermore albums I haven't heard yet.

Shattered_Future
October 14th 2006



1540 Comments


Everyone hates that album, and I have no idea why. I think it's one of their best. Granted, it's a bit hard to listen to, and the production is rather poor, but I love it.

Angmar
October 14th 2006



2689 Comments


Thier really entertaining but i think i prefer godless to this.

Toaster
October 14th 2006



343 Comments


What the hell is that inverted tree baby on the cover.

Altmer
July 6th 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I dig this album a lot. The Heart Collector, Believe in Nothing, and Inside Four Walls are my favourites.This Message Edited On 07.06.07

rattlehead42147
July 6th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i love every song here. the guitar riff to the last song crushes!

rattlehead42147
July 6th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

prepare for a review on this album soon from myself.

Sabottheory
November 10th 2008



355 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Amazing album.

TheSyncopath
December 31st 2008



23 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Jeff's solo on Engines Of Hate is a legend within itself.

devouredbymetal
May 21st 2009



516 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

superb album. from the first to the last. beautiful vocals with lot of added emotions. beautiful guitars. nothing more or less .
fav tracks - all

TheHamburgerman
December 22nd 2009



1286 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

would bring a tear of joy to the eyes of any metal purist disgruntled with the NWOAHM.
Nope.

bloc
April 10th 2010



34774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listening to this now and it is really killin'

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

bloc
April 10th 2010



34774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy ass, this rules. It's like badass ballads with amazing vocals and solos, not what I was expecting since I only know This Godless Endeavor which has a lot of thrash in it.

scissorlocked
April 10th 2010



3509 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Theyre one of the best metal bands now.In the top with opeth and a few others....

Digging: Leon Vynehall - Music For The Uninvited

MikeIcarus
May 20th 2010



37 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

If they didnt have Warrell this could easily be a 5, i dont get what so many people see in him, Loomis is Nevermore.

The solo from Heart Collector is pure win

Sound
May 25th 2011



3889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Believe in Nothing is quite the tune here. Not quite as good as TGE but solid album still.



bloc
May 25th 2011



34774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Evolution 169 is tops



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy