The Obsidian Conspiracy (Ltd.Edt.),
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There has been some fuss about a new record after 5 years since their last full length, hence making Nevermore one the most missed bands after This Godless Endeavor. After The Year Of The Voyager, then Loomis' and Dane's solo albums, everybody was getting more and more impatient, we could no longer wait. I was telling myself after reading some reviews that when I think about it, these circumstances could lead to a disappointment after listening to the new record; but not if you're a fan. If you like anything this band has ever done, you must see how this great entry to their discography carries all the good stuff they have been known for.
The line-up issues were never a problem for Nevermore. Jeff Loomis and Warrell Dane do all of the song writing, and with these two great musicians, a band doesn't need much to conceive a well written album. Van Williams and Jim Sheppard are old school neverheads that always deliver, on recording and on stage. Everyone's performance is nothing short of excellence. But again, this is Nevermore.
The solo projects, both Dane's and Loomis', have definitely affected the song writing, but to a short extent. It is still the melodic, epic, technical and progressive Nevermore from Dead Heart In A Dead World and Enemies Of Reality. It gets hard and heavy and it gets calm and melancholic. Every track resembles this certain song from that certain Nevermore album, but not really because the song's progression and the melodies are all so different so it keeps you listening and predicting what it's going to sound like next. There is the slow, quiet song that gets dark towards the end. The cheesy epic mid-tempo tune that we all sing along with, then there's the extremely complex, fast technical track that makes us thrash around. But best of all, it's all so well written, it ends up being compared to all their previous work and still stands out like a very well written album that every fan could spin hundreds of times without getting bored of.
The guitar work and the singing definitely stand out more than anything else. Warrell Dane continues to sing some of the most epic melodies, and his voice is as good as always, not to say cleaner and catchier. The lyrics are instantly memorable and after a couple listens you can definitely remember the choruses on most songs. Every song's story and subject forces the listener to remember the words exactly as they're extremely well sung to an extremely rich accompaniment. Jeff Loomis writes the meanest, most technical yet melodic riffs, and can play some of the best solos I've ever heard and seen in metal. His sound is instantly recognizable. The seven string Schecter always brings that heavy, odd sound because of its tuning and the extra bottom string, giving the weight to the riffs and making them very headbangable. Williams did an excellent job, of playing what he's known for: diversified, heavy, metal drumming, that works perfectly with the music the maestros go for. And the loyal Sheppard's bass can resonate through the whole thing, especially on the ballad, or the slower more melancholic song.
All in all, I can't really say if this album surpasses their previous material. This Godless Endeavor being one of the best albums of the decade, it's a tough call. But definitely another outstanding addition to a great catalog. This album is Nevermore all the way. And if you don't like this band then you have a very odd taste in metal.