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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Nevermore's sixth album arrives bearing few surprises -- which, for a band less accomplished or too comfortable in their niche, would generally be seen as a negative attribute. Not here, as Seattle's finest mid-'00s heavy metal outfit sorry Queensr├┐che! continue to set the bar for purist-leaning metal-heads on this side of the pond. As always, and not to take anything away from their cohorts particularly drummer extraordinaire Van Williams, the soaring vocals of Warrel Dane and lead guitar heroics of Jeff Loomis act as twin beacons shining out from the band's gloriously metallic bulk. Furthermore, it's arguable if Dane now almost completely divorced from his once too ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Nevermore's sixth album arrives bearing few surprises -- which, for a band less accomplished or too comfortable in their niche, would generally be seen as a negative attribute. Not here, as Seattle's finest mid-'00s heavy metal outfit sorry Queensr├┐che! continue to set the bar for purist-leaning metal-heads on this side of the pond. As always, and not to take anything away from their cohorts particularly drummer extraordinaire Van Williams, the soaring vocals of Warrel Dane and lead guitar heroics of Jeff Loomis act as twin beacons shining out from the band's gloriously metallic bulk. Furthermore, it's arguable if Dane now almost completely divorced from his once too strident upper registers has ever sounded quite this aggressive on any of Nevermore's earlier albums witness his coarse roars on opener "Born The Retribution of Spiritual Sickness". Likewise subject to discussion is whether Loomis hasn't topped his not inconsiderable prior achievements with his ever tasteful and inventive solos, here augmented by ex-Dragon Lord guitarist Steve Smyth -- quite a talent in his own right. Suffice to say that Dane and Loomis lead their troops in reliably inspired style throughout terrific cuts like "Final Product," "The Psalm of Lydia," and "A Future Uncertain" -- all of them carefully constructed songs, laced with just the right dosage of showy acrobatics so as to keep listeners' jaws sagging. They also retain a rare combination of immediacy and complexity, where one's premature feeling of having sussed out the album's every trick eventually gives way to an unexpectedly lengthy discovery period. Sure enough, the somewhat more straightforward classic metal of "My Acid Words," and "Bittersweet Feast," and the by-now-expected-semi-power-ballad "Sentient 6" are about as predictable as it gets; and the lone questionable inclusion of the minute-and-a-half "The Holocaust of Thought" is ultimately justified by its introductory status for the highly effective, evocative slow-burner "Sell My Heart for Stones." And don't forget the near-nine-minute title track, which culminates in what must surely stand as one of Nevermore's most consistent LP's in suitably epic fashion. Indeed, American-bred heavy metal doesn't get any better than this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2005
  • Label: Century Media
  • UPC: 727701821023
  • Catalog Number: 8210
  • Sales rank: 102,537

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nevermore Primary Artist
James Murphy Guitar, Soloist, Guest Appearance
Warrel Dane Vocals
Jim Sheppard Bass
Jeff Loomis Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Soloist
Van Williams Drums
Technical Credits
Hugh Syme Cover Art
Jeff Loomis Introduction
Andy Sneap Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Stefan Wibbeke Booklet Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Heaviness & Quirkiness have Never Sounded Better Together!

    NeverMore continue their streak of quirky riffs and clear, distinct vocals. On this album they're doing it better than ever! The opening track "The Retribution (of Spiritual Sickness) shows that the band is also competent at Speed Metal when they want to be. I am also very impressed with the heaviness behind all of the melody on this album. While all of Nevermore's albums have been heavy, I've got to say that this one is the heaviest. The Heavy Metal world needs more bands like Nevermore, who combine quirky melody, clear, decipherable vocals and exteme heaviness!

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