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Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor

Discussion in 'Metal Reviews' started by The Metal Chick, Dec 19, 2005.

  1. The Metal Chick

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    Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor
    Century Media - 8210 - July 26, 2005
    by Amanda J. Carlson
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    A large improvement from Enemies of Reality, Nevermore’s latest album gets the band back on track after what I thought to be a disappointing derailment. I hear similarities to Dead Heart in a Dead World all over this album, which I always considered to be their best. This one is surely a close second.

    Every song is so heavy; Jeff Loomis’s deep distortion tone reigns over it all. The drumbeats are hardly ever just a straight rhythm, Van Williams’s constant use of the snare giving the music a real chaotic feel to them, especially in “Bittersweet Feast.” The chaos is almost too much to bear, but they make up for it in other songs.

    “Sentient 6” is where they slow it down, but even when they bring down that massive heavy factor, they never lose their power. Warrel Dane’s unique, almost lamenting vocals are perfect for the classic dark undertones Nevermore is known for. He puts a lot of passion into his singing, especially heard in another slower tune, “Sell My Heart For Stones.” Dane’s lyrics are often sad and painful, but there’s nothing painful about hearing them. His voice may be an acquired taste, but to me it’s what belongs in this type of band.

    Their single, “The Psalm of Lydia,” has one of the greatest opening riffs I’ve heard in a long time. It’s unfortunate that we don’t hear it anywhere else in the song, because that’s what truly makes it. Well, that and Loomis’s killer shredding solo. The man has some serious skills.

    To me, “A Future Uncertain” is the highlight of the album. They really mix it up, perhaps a hint of progressive tendencies. It starts off with an acoustic melody and soft vocals that slowly blends into an awesome heavy onslaught, a moment very reminiscent of Opeth. About halfway through the song, it slows a bit to showcase a great guitar solo that focuses more on melody than shredding abilities. It ends with a section that’s an up and down passage between heavy riffs and smooth coasting ones.

    The title track, at almost nine minutes, follows this same progressive style. It’s like they’re taking the listener for a ride that ends so far from where it began. Their songs just don’t come full circle, but I think in the case of Nevermore, that’s where the talent lies. They string together their ideas so well that you hardly notice where you end up. This Godless Endeavor may not top Dead Heart in my book, but the real Nevermore is back.

    8.5/10

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  2. MFJ

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    Boring and weak (not the review).
     
  3. Agalloch

    Agalloch The Purest of Doom

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    Yeah, it's not that great and the production annoys me greatly.
     
  4. Dr. Abner Mality

    Dr. Abner Mality Primary Scare Physician

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    Outstanding record and I could hardly agree with the reviewer more.
     
  5. veil the sky

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    lmao

    who recorded this crap anyway?
     
  6. MadeInNewJersey

    MadeInNewJersey nursing my wounds

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    This album is FAR better than the comments in this thread. :tickled:
     
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    Yes. Album of the year easily. I'd think over time it's replacing Politics as my favorite Nevermore disc. It just has everything they are good at and all done very well. The drumming really stands out imo.

    10/10
     
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    9.5/10 for me, outstanding production and the songs are amazing. Missed them on tour, I'm an idiot!
     
  9. veil the sky

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    It's great, but they haven't topped Dreaming Neon Black with it.
     
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    large improvement to Enemies of Reality album?you don't know what the hell are you talking about girl...each and every Nevermore album is a piece of genius,this is the best band in the world.8.5?this is a 10,best 2005 album."their single Psalm of Lydia"?you make me laughing,you really don't have a clue what you're talking about.the single of the album is named "Final Product".and another thing,this is not an album you make a review for after one listen,this is a complex piece of music...
     
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    Good Album, but one I don't return to that often. I lose interest after a couple songs. Every one talks about Loomis(rightfully so) but the beast is drummer Van Williams.
     
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    You make it out that you've started listening to NM at DHIADW. And then compare the most recent album to it.
     
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    I hate the vox. Everything is else is good.

    The songwriting could be some better too.
     
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    Great, I still like Dreaming Neon Black more though...
     
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    It was good, but slightly disappointing. Medicated Nation is a total filler, & while the would-be epic title track was great up to the arpeggios, it just ended up going nowhere. IMO Album of the Year 2005 goes hands down to Alien by Strapping Young Lad, & I loved Nevermore's Enemies Of Reality, so when compared to those two albums TGE definitely falls a little short for me.
     
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    Not my favourite Nevermore album at all. It's alright, but not particularly great. Much better than Enemies Of Reality, however.

    But if they're back on the "right track" - then it may not be so bad after all.
     
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    great nevermore album! the sweeps at the end of this godless endeavor are amazing
     

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