BiografieSeattle’s NEVERMORE welcome you to “This Godless Endeavor”, a grand overture where musical tapestries are fascinatingly complex while entirely accessible. The band’s sixth full-length marks another peak in NEVERMORE’s rapid ascend in the Metal scene and falls into line with its highly acclaimed predecessors. The first of which being the self-titled debut album released in 1995, one year after the official foundation of the band by former SANCTUARY members Warrel Dane (vocals), Jeff Loomis (guitar) and Jim Sheppard (bass). By adding drummer Van Williams the nucleus of NEVERMORE was born. Though at that time the world all-to-willingly embraced the Grunge-movement, the band dared to continue their vision for a creative and multi-faceted Metal sound. The internationally reputed producer Neil Kernon (Queensryche, Judas Priest, Flotsam & Jetsam, Yes, Rolling Stones, Journey) believed in the potential of NEVERMORE and recorded their impressive debut at his own risk. It did not take too long until the quartet was signed to Century Media Records and due to the fans’ pleasant memories of SANCTUARY, and NEVERMORE’s touring activities (Europe with Blind Guardian, US with Death) they could raise a good amount of interest throughout the Metal scene and found a lot of thankful purchasers.

The follow-up “In Memory” EP (1996) and the second album “The Politics Of Ecstasy” (1996) displayed NEVERMORE on their quest for their very own, unmistakable sound. The band experimented with a whole lot of influences from various styles and impressed with a great degree of highly-technical finesse that never endangered the catchiness of the songs. Still, NEVERMORE never wrote songs that easily stuck in your head, even though they’re nowhere near as complicated as an Ikea construction manual, resulting in listeners giving their albums four or five runs before the variety of each song becomes obvious.

After “The Politics Of Ecstasy” the band parted ways with their second guitarist Pat O’Brien (now in Cannibal Corpse) and it took them almost a year until they found former Forbidden-member Tim Calvert to fill the vacant spot. With this line-up they recorded the masterly “Dreaming Neon Black” (1999) which showed the perfect balance between all the different components of the NEVERMORE sound. There were small, complex mini-dramas as well as super-tight thrashers and quiet, emotional tunes opposed to angry noise eruptions. NEVERMORE managed to create an album equipped with numerous non-metal trademarks which sound appealing to the usually very sensitively reacting true metal community. Or maybe it was still metal enough that it could not even upset the die-hard purists? Anyway, it is a matter of fact that the career of our five heroes just went straight up. Seemingly endless, but still extremely successful tours followed the release, the US was toured not less than four times, Europe was frequently visited (with LeFay - now Morgana Lefay again -, Sacred Steel, Nocturnal Rites) and they even stopped in Australia for a number of shows. After all, guitarist Tim Calvert decided to leave the band in early 2000 to focus on non-musical activities. The remaining band members decided to carry on as a four-piece and did not hesitate to start recording their fourth album “Dead Heart In A Dead World (2000)”. For the first time not Neil Kernon but Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Testament, Skinlab, Napalm Death, Stuck Mojo) worked the knobs and moved especially Loomis “skin-flaying” guitar play to the production’s forefront. Again tireless world touring followed and turned songs like “Narcosynthesis” and “Inside Four Walls” into anthemic fan favorites. German Rock Hard magazine stated fittingly: “This is the masterpiece of one of the most talented bands in present time”.

2003’s Enemies Of Reality received similar praise: “must have album of the year” said Outburn Magazine, Guitar One called NEVERMORE’s newest songs “opuses that often reach dark symphonic peaks”. With performing at Europe’s largest rock festivals including the infamous Dynamo, the prestigious Wacken Open Air and sharing stage with metal’s elite including Arch Enemy, Children Of Bodom, Dimmu Borgir, Iced Earth, King Diamond and Opeth throughout their recording career NEVERMORE could manifest the high position they deservedly occupy within the metal scene.

Now, in 2005, “This Godless Endeavor” is the title of the band’s latest work to date and was recorded at England’s Backstage Studios, once again with Andy Sneap (who not only produced “Dead Heart In A Dead World” but also just recently re-worked “Enemies Of Reality”). “This Godless Endeavor” captures “the most ripping guitar work we’ve recorded”, says vocalist Warrel Dane. Marking his NEVERMORE recording debut, guitarist Steve Smyth (ex-Testament/Dragonlord) joins core members Dane, Jeff Loomis, Jim Sheppard and Van Williams. Hugh Syme (Rush, Megadeth) provided stark album artwork, which according to Dane, “incorporates our ongoing theme of everyone wearing a mask.” Appearing on the mainstage of Megadeth’s Gigantour throughout the summer as well as moving over to Europe for a string of summer festivals and a full club-tour by September, NEVERMORE ask you to venture out, to experience the unfathomable, to join them on This Godless Endeavor. An album determined to become a future classic of the metal movement…

Nevermore is:

Warrel Dane – vocals

Jeff Loomis – lead, rhythmn and acoustic guitars

Jim Sheppard – bass

Van Williams – drums
2010 - The Obsidian Conspiracy

2008 - The Year Of The Voyager (2-DVD)

2005 - This Godless Endeavor

2005 - Enemies Of Reality (Re-mixed and Re-mastered)

2003 - Enemies Of Reality

2000 - Dead Heart In A Dead World

1999 - Dreaming Neon Black

1996 - The Politics Of Ecstasy

1996 - In Memory (EP)

1995 - Nevermore www


Freitag 08.04.2011
Even if they don´t move on a supernatural level but "just" release a very good album, NEVERMORE are a class of their own. That there is some time left for solo-albums is another evidence for the brilliance of the musicians. So guitarist and founder member Jeff Loomis seems to be content with the complete works of the band...
Freitag 08.04.2011
Auch wenn sie sich mal nicht auf überirdischem Niveau bewegen, sondern "nur" eine sehr gute Scheibe wie "The Obsidian Conspiracy" auf den Tisch legen, sind NEVERMORE eine Klasse für sich. Dass nebenbei noch Zeit für Soloalben bleibt, spricht für die Klasse der Musiker.
Mittwoch 20.07.2005
Immer, wenn man bei NEVERMORE denkt, das Ende der Messlatte sei erreicht, überrascht die Band auf´s Neue, und ihr aktuelles Werk "This Godless Endeavor" ist eine genauso wahnsinnige wie hochemotionale Achterbahnfahrt geworden, die es ohne Frage zum Alltime - Klassiker bringen wird.
Mittwoch 20.08.2003
NEVERMORE gelten als eine der besten Power Metal-Bands der Gegenwart. "Schuld" daran ist ohne Zweifel zu größten Teilen ihr Frontmann und Hauptsongwriter Warrel Dane.


Enemies Of Reality - Cover
Sie gehören zu den besten Metalbands unseres Planeten, liefern von Platte zu Platte Weltklassematerial ab und besitzen zu Lebzeiten bereits Legendenstatus.
The Obsidian Conspiracy - Cover
Dass sich die Seattler Metal-Institution etwas schwer tun würde, ihr überirdisch geniales 2005er Werk „This Godless Endeavor“ zu übertreffen, war zumindest für die Fans diesseits der Reali
The Year Of The Voyager - Cover
Wenn sich eine Hammerband wie NEVERMORE schon dazu entschließt, den Fans endlich eine DVD unterzujubeln, dann sollte man davon ausgehen, dass es kein halbgarer Mist der Marke „45 Minuten plus üb
This Godless Endeavor - Cover
Was soll man über eine Band schreiben, die seit Beginn ihrer Karriere berechtigterweise mit Lobeshymnen überschüttet wurde?!