NEVERMORE - THIS GODLESS ENDEAVOR - 2005 - CENTURY MEDIA
1. Born [The Retribution Of Spiritual Sickness] 2. Final Product 3. My Acid Words 4. Bittersweet Feast 5. Sentient 6 6. Medicated Nation 7. The Holocaust Of Thought 8. Sell My Heart For Stones 9. The Psalm Of Lydia 10. A Future Uncertain 11. This Godless Endeavor
Since the demise of SANCTUARY the beast called NEVERMORE has risen from those ashes to release 8 previous albums (if you include the remix of 'Enemies Of Reality') and now 'This Godless Endeavor'--one uncompromising sonic assault from beginning to end and in my opinion the bands crowning achievement. As with most NEVERMORE albums, you will not comprehend the true greatness of this album with one listen. The more you delve into this disc the more you will absorb; patience is the key. The song structures, layers, tempo changes and the subtle things like backing vocals and fills will marvel you.
'This Godless Endeavor' encompasses everything that has made NEVERMORE what they are. The trademark melancholic atmospheres and dark melodies are saturated throughout. Every song contains the massive and memorable riffs that Jeff Loomis has always been more than capable of but now with the help of shredder Steve Smyth. Warrel Dane displays his abrasive and awe-inspiring vocals at their absolute best on every track. Not forgetting that the dynamic and pummeling duo of Van Williams and Jim Sheppard holds everything together nice and tight. Production duties were handed back to Andy Sneap making everything clean, clear, and crisp as NEVERMORE fans have grow to expect from their technical heroes of metal.
Songs such as 'Born', 'Final Product', and 'My Acid Words' reflect the technical side fans would remember from 'Politics Of Ecstasy'. The driving and ballad-esque tracks of 'Sentient 6' and 'Sell My Heart For Stones' bring forth the dark and dreary of 'Dreaming Neon Black' and the 'In Memory' EP. 'Medicated Nation' berates you while Warrel spews forth his lyrics in a serpentine manner. 'The Psalm Of Lydia' features some of the most mind blowing riffing I've heard to date. Closing out the album is the 9 minute masterpiece 'This Godless Endeavor'. To me this is the centerpiece of the album , but this holds true with all the title tracks from previous albums. This track exudes every element from everything the band has ever done. Epic would be a gross understatement.
Most bands have that career defining album everyone remembers, NEVERMORE now has 9. Album after album NEVERMORE still astonishes and exceeds expectations. Definitely a contender for album of the year.
Band link: www.nevermore.tv Label link: www.centurymedia.com
Line-Up: Warrel Dane vocals Jeff Loomis lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars Steve Smyth - lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars Jim Sheppard bass Van Williams drums
I gave this one a quick listen and it's pretty damn good. A couple of songs throw me, but it's highly intelligent metal --Nailer
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