Yea I know what you mean. I was hesitant to say Jeff is the engine but I still stick to it. WD is obviously right up there but even he recently said that NM is a 'guitar band' firstly. I agree with that. I also agree about the guitars on the last few albums. They're still fucking awesome, especially TGE, but something indeed was missing. Nevermore is at its best when Jeff has someone to work with. The guitars on DMB work together to create a haunting, eerie and portentous affect. Never really heard anything like that album. I miss that shit.