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Nevermore

Nevermore straddles the line between power metal, traditional heavy metal, and the contemporary hard rock scene,eschewing the silly theatrics of the "power scene" in favor of a darker tone, while reaping the rewards of melody and thehigh-flying vocal range of singer Warrel Dane. The roots of the Seattle-based band can be traced back to Sanctuary, withwhom Nevermore's Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard recorded two albums. Sanctuary was one of a small handful of late-'80sthrash metal bands to sign with a major label; they even enlisted Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine to produce their debutalbu ...read more

Nevermore straddles the line between power metal, traditional heavy metal, and the contemporary hard rock scene,eschewing the silly theatrics of the "power scene" in favor of a darker tone, while reaping the rewards of melody and thehigh-flying vocal range of singer Warrel Dane. The roots of the Seattle-based band can be traced back to Sanctuary, withwhom Nevermore's Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard recorded two albums. Sanctuary was one of a small handful of late-'80sthrash metal bands to sign with a major label; they even enlisted Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine to produce their debutalbum. Label-imposed limbo caused the band to grind to a halt, with one member also exiting to pursue more "grunge"-oriented music. Three members of the final lineup of Sanctuary reemerged as Nevermore, inking a worldwide deal with CenturyMedia Records and releasing a punishing eponymous debut album in 1995. The following year saw the band issue a well-received EP, In Memory, that boasted cover tunes as well as Sanctuary material, which pleased many fans. The Politics of Ecstasy, their second proper album, was a dense, technical masterpiece that displayed the talents ofguitarists Pat O'Brian and Jeff Loomis, and drummer Van Williams in particular. But it was with their next opus, the dark andconceptually driven Dreaming Neon Black, that Nevermore really caught the attention of heavy music fans and earned therespect of the heavy metal press. Voted Album of the Year by many publications, 1999's Dreaming Neon Black was a tour deforce that highlighted Dane's soaring vocal range. It also included newcomer (and former guitarist for Forbidden) Tim Calvert,who replaced O'Brian when he split to join Cannibal Corpse. After successful tours with Iced Earth and Mercyful Fate, theband knew that they had a tough job ahead of them following up the well-received album. Now a four-piece after the exit ofCalvert, Nevermore entered a Texas studio with producer Andy Sneap and crafted a new album that adeptly blendedcontemporary heavy sounds with traditional heavy metal. Dead Heart in a Dead World was released in 2000, and wassupported on the road with a full U.S. tour with Swedish metal band In Flames and labelmates Shadows Fall. « hide

Similar Bands: Outworld, Communic, Control Denied, Sanctuary, Into Eternity

LPs
The Obsidian Conspiracy
2010

3.3
363 Votes
This Godless Endeavor
2005

4.2
847 Votes
Enemies Of Reality
2003

3.7
422 Votes
Dead Heart In A Dead World
2000

4.2
659 Votes
Dreaming Neon Black
1999

4.2
508 Votes
The Politics of Ecstasy
1996

4
319 Votes
Nevermore
1994

3.5
236 Votes
EPs
In Memory
1996

3.8
96 Votes
Utopia (Demo)
1992

3.4
7 Votes
Live Albums
The Year of the Voyager
2008

4.2
36 Votes
Compilations
The Complete Collection
2018

5
2 Votes
Greatest Hits
2014

3.8
3 Votes
Manifesto of Nevermore
2009

4.1
4 Votes

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