Nevermore
Dreaming Neon Black


4.5
superb

Review

by Xenorazr CONTRIBUTOR (111 Reviews)
June 11th, 2011 | 68 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Passionately dark and powerful.

Music which centers around the lamenting of a loved one isn't anything new or different, even for a whole album. Such concepts were old even before instrumental compositions came to graze society's ears. Sitting down to listen to an album like Dreaming Neon Black could then initially be argued as a tiring test. Toss in an above-average runtime with a number of slower, almost ballad-esque tracks, and one might be less inclined to hear what said album offers. That is, until the music is given a chance.

The specific tale at-hand in Dreaming Neon Black details a man who's lost his girlfriend, exposing his harsh thoughts and the effects such a loss have on him. Again, this doesn't sound unfamiliar, even after considering the proclamation that this actually happened to vocalist Warrel Dane. However, any pre-exposed thoughts are cast aside even before "Ophidian" transitions to the first full track.

Nevermore had already established their genre-mixing sound between their self-titled debut and the effectively harsh The Politics of Ecstasy. Pinpointing the group's genre has kept many listeners scratching their heads. Progressive elements are certainly present, if on the less prominent side, while a more contemporary thrash sound seems most embedded into the music. The Politics of Ecstasy was all the band needed to justify tackling serious subject matters, and Dreaming Neon Black proved they could handle an album backed by somber, melancholy themes as well.

We're given a sufficient amount of time in which Nevermore retain the sound found in their previous albums, peaked by fast, throbbing points such as "The Fault of the Flesh" and "Poison Godmachine." Yet just as much time is dedicated to slower songs, and these happen to be the album's best moments. The title track and "Deconstruction," both of which play back-to-back, have their heavier sections, but show a surprisingly painful and tortured voice. Along with "The Lotus Eaters," these become so memorable and powerful thanks to Warrel Dane demonstrating his true vocal talents. The man can certainly yell and shout to help carry the hard songs, but it's his unique singing pitch, along with the superbly implemented themes, that lends this album its identity.

This isn't to say that the rest of the band fall behind. In fact, everyone is given a perfect amount of exposure; from Loomis and Calvert's head-throbbing riffs and solos, to Sheppard and Williams' pulsating combination of bass and drums, respectively. It's hard to go through the album even once without admiring what Nevermore can craft and pull off together. Few albums can be described as nearly this well-rounded and, most importantly, passionately played.

Dreaming Neon Black is an album that's easy to admire simply for the incredible blend of heavier and softer (though still striking) moments; both of which are utilized to terrific effect. What's unfortunate is that the album has rarely seen even a single track performed live and, thus, it's become overlooked even in the band's relatively small catalogue. Although it might be challenging to call certain albums better than others, which Nevermore have bestowed us with, Dreaming Neon Black is one that should come immediately to mind for high regards.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Xenorazr
Contributing Reviewer
June 11th 2011


1076 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Been meaning to review this for a while.

R6Rider
June 11th 2011


5160 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this.



Have a pos.





Hyperion1001
Emeritus
June 11th 2011


19975 Comments


Amazing album. Good review. First metal record i ever loved.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2011


7698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sick album.



Its only flaw is that the sound of the guitars here feels "compressed".



This was their last album with Neil Kernon as a producer.

Digging: The Sonic Dawn - Into the Long Night

Dreamflight
June 12th 2011


1760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. Never heard this one, is it better than This Godless.. or Dead heart..?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2011


7698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes it is.

Jim
June 12th 2011


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album

Dreamflight
June 12th 2011


1760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sounds promising, I'll have to check it out then.

Xenorazr
Contributing Reviewer
June 12th 2011


1076 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I haven't heard Godless yet, but it's on my to-listen list. Though it's definitely better than Dead Heart.

Wizard
June 12th 2011


20157 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Meh, they have far better albums.

scissorlocked
June 12th 2011


3527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

album is insanely bleak and heavy



together with TPoE this has Dane's best lyrics

pizzamachine
June 12th 2011


13480 Comments


Need to check this out. :/

Tyrael
June 12th 2011


21094 Comments


Yes you do

MO
June 12th 2011


22094 Comments


Do it pizza. Amazing album.

Xenorazr
Contributing Reviewer
June 12th 2011


1076 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

To answer the other half of your question, Dreamflight...I'm in the middle of TGE right now and DNB is definitely superior.

Dreamflight
June 14th 2011


1760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So far sounds great, Beyond Withinm and titletrack are instant favs.



Some songs, however, are a little too repetitive.

scissorlocked
June 14th 2011


3527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

the acoustic guitars at the beginning of NO More Wil are heavenly

Dreamflight
June 15th 2011


1760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"the acoustic guitars at the beginning of NO More Wil are heavenly "



hell the whole song is amazing.



Still not sure if this is better than DHIADW, but so far sounds awsome.

Xenorazr
Contributing Reviewer
June 16th 2011


1076 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Dead Heart just isn't nearly as interesting and feels rather dull, especially after listening to this and Politics.

BloodSweatandBeers
June 16th 2011


1033 Comments


fuck yes, politics of ecstasy is phenom



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