by rattlehead42147 USER (16 Reviews)
April 22nd, 2007 | 19 replies

Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It may not live up to Nevermore's later albums, but it's a great debut effort, and let's not forget the old saying "save the best for last."

Nevermore's self-titled album is arguably their worst. Among NM fans, it is always this album which recieves the most negative feedback. However, this is still a great CD and a great starting album for Nevermore.

The biggest mistake you can make if you get this album is listening to it after you have heard all the other Nevermore CD's. This album falls noticeably short of the the rest of the band's catalog. Although the music would be great by itself, Nevermore progresses too quickly to look back on this album. Listen to This Godless Endeavor and then this and you'll see what I mean. While most people are quick to talk about the negatives on the album, there are some standout tracks/moments here, and I think they deserve some credit.

Unlike This Godless Endeavor where seven-strings are the primary instrument, the guitar is exclusively six-string. What does this mean to the music" This album is less heavy than the albums to come. Probably another reason people like the later albums better.

What Was Good About the Album:
The guitars are a highlight, courtesy of Jeff Loomis and Pat O'Brien. The latter you may know from Cannibal Corpse, but put aside any preconceptions you have about the album if you haven't heard it, fortunately it sounds nothing like CC. The riffs are interesting for the most part, i.e. Sea of Possibilities. One strength the guitars have is to make music that fits their song titles, and this song is a perfect example. The intro riff sounds like it's everywhere at once, followed by a solo which sounds quite simply chaotic. It is obvious from about the second song that the guitarists are very good.

Although I could bore you for a few hours about Jeff Loomis, I'll say this, his level of guitar playing is easily one of the most inventive and impressive of the past 10 years, and he is a great asset to the band. For the most part he handles the lead work while O'Brien has rhythm duty. The drums and bass complement the rest of the musicians quite well. One of the best basslines on the album is Sea of Possibilities. As far as drums, I wouldn't say that they are Nevermore's most complicated, yet another area that the band improved on over the years. The drums were actually done by two different drummers, Van Williams (the band's current drummer) and a guy named Mark Arrington on tracks 1, 4, 6, and 8. Both drummers are solid throughout the album, and it shows. Godmoney features one of the most agressive drum parts on the whole CD.

I had to save the vocals for last, they are hard to explain, but if you've ever heard Sanctuary, then you have an idea how this will sound. A close comparison is Queensryche, and Dane's 'ryche influnces are quite present here. I personally think Dane is one of the best metal vocalists, but then again, I'm probably the only one. Dane has a great vocal range and it shows on the album.

What Was Bad About the Album:
Starting with the guitars, the riffs are almost too complex and not catchy enough. Not that NM has to be mainstream, but listen to some of the stuff and you'll see that most of the songs won't get stuck in your head like "The River Dragon Has Come" (Dead Heart In A Dead World) would. The solos are also less tasteful than they could be, and they tend to sound the same at times. The vocals are a more noticeable negative on the album. Warrel Dane hasn't quite found his way out of his high-pitched Sanctuary vocals (i.e. Battle Angels) He does a much better job on the later albums. Most people already find his vocals quite annoying, and if you are one of those people you'll definitely hate them then.

Finally, the total vibe of the album is just not up to par with the rest of NM's work. Dreaming Neon Black and This Godless Endeavor are epics and the songs seem to fit together so well on those albums, but I don't get that feeling on this album. Although it has decent overall flow, the songs sound separate and don't work together as perfectly as they do on those albums.

This album deserves a few spins, but it is probably more for hardcore Nevermore fans. Considering the fact that it is moderately hard to come by, I wouldn't sweat over getting it, however it is most effective to listen to it before the other albums, that way it's an uphill experience from there.

[Note: the album was rereleased in 2006 with five bonus tracks, I advise getting this version, not just for those five songs, but the sound is a bit better.]

Recommended Tracks
What Tomorrow Knows
Sea of Possibilities

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April 22nd 2007


Good review. I have not heard this album but I am a big Nevermore fan.

This does sound as if it will be worth checking out though.

April 22nd 2007


I love these guys. Nice review by the way! I found your opening intro was perfect (when you talked about the comparison between this stuff and their new stuff, the fact there is a huge improvement and difference in sound which will make new fans not appreciate this as much).

April 22nd 2007


Album Rating: 2.5

What Tommorow Knows is the only song worth anything off this release.

April 22nd 2007


Album Rating: 4.5

^not true imo, i think it is a great album, but most people are turned off by it...

@the_wizard: thanks, I was aiming for a creative intro

April 22nd 2007


No problem rattlehead42147! Just giving credit where credit is deserved!

June 18th 2007


Album Rating: 3.0

Not Bad for a Debut Album

October 7th 2008


Album Rating: 4.5

other than the stupid ass bird squawk vocals that are extremely high/off pitch, i love this album.This Message Edited On 12.16.08

June 11th 2009


I want to get into Nevermore, I love Warrel's first band Sanctuary, and old eighties thrash. Should I start here I heard the first two songs off of thier newest album from my friend while we were drinking and I liked it.

June 11th 2009


Album Rating: 3.5

Album reminds me a lot of Sanctuary's Into the Mirror Black. "Garden of Gray" is still one of the Nevermore's best songs to date.

Thrasher 86 – try checking out Dreaming Neon Black. It’s my personal favourite and often their most critically acclaimed.

June 11th 2009


Noted* thanks dude. Warrel Dane is awsome!

June 11th 2009


I listened to Garden 0f Gray, and thats awsome! sounds kind of like Into The Mirror Black stuff.

March 25th 2011


Album Rating: 4.5

This album rules. Warrel's falsetto is awesome.

Contributing Reviewer
January 5th 2012


This was the first album i listened to by nevermore, and i still love it to this day. Whilst it may seem considerably weaker than the rest of Nevermore's back catalogue, i can find faults with every other album too. This one, like you say, has weaker vocals, but then i prefer Nevermore with the complex riffs and chaotic solos on this album. Nevermore are fucking brilliant. By the way, anyone seeing Sanctuary at Bloodstock festival this year? I can't wait:D

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April 18th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

vocals and guitars are so good, time to check out some more stuff from these guys

April 18th 2012


This Godless Endeavour absolutely slays and Dead Heart is good too

Digging: Rolo Tomassi - Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It

April 18th 2012


politics is great too but dreaming neon black is their best

April 18th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

gonna check that one next. again the vocals are so fucking awsome m/

December 3rd 2014


damn this grooves

Staff Reviewer
December 15th 2017


Album Rating: 3.8

Bumping this to a 3.8, only "Godmoney" is sort of passable.

Rating average does not do this album justice, either.

The biggest mistake you can make if you get this album is listening to it after you have heard all the other Nevermore CD's. This album falls noticeably short of the the rest of the band's catalog.

Vehemently beg to differ, album has strength of its own.

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