Band Photo: Nevermore (?)
From: Seattle, WA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
Seattle, Washington is a city well-known for being the rain-ridden suicide capital of the U.S., but to many others, Seattle is known as the epicenter in a dark abyss of emotion that fuels the creative disposition of Nevermore. Joining a variety of musical sub-genres that were never meant to be mutually exclusive, the band successfully emblazoned themselves with a grey aura of enigma that has become their legacy.
Intelligent men who held no preconceived notions of what they should sound like, NEVERMORE launched themselves in 1994 and have never forsaken the histories of their varied backgrounds. Providing a backbone of resilience are ex-members of Sanctuary: the charismatic vocalist Warrel Dane and steadfast bassist Jim Sheppard, who survived their major label experience by the strength of their integrity when the world all-too-willingly embraced the grunge movement. Lending a modern influence to the band’s blueprint was guitarist Jeff Loomis, whose classically trained background added an unmistakable depth to song composition and whose death metal heritage supplied ample vehemence. Drummer Van Williams solidified the nucleus of the band with his undulating, propulsive rhythms. Drawing inspiration from the darker things in life, it became obvious the strain of their collective creation defied categorization.
Nevermore’s impressive self-titled debut - which began their five-year collaboration with internationally renowned producer Neil Kernon of Judas Priest, Queensÿche, and Dokken fame - surfaced in 1995 and landed them a U.S. tour with Death and a European tour with Blind Guardian. The band soon welcomed ex-Monstrosity guitarist Pat O’Brien into the fold and 1996’s In Memory EP soon proved to critics that volatile melody and aggression could be successfully intermixed. But it was The Politics Of Ecstasy (also released in 1996) when Nevermore came into their own by showcasing the higher degrees of their technical musicianship. When Pat O’Brien left to join Cannibal Corpse, the band quickly recruited ex-Forbidden guitarist and long-time friend Tim Calvert who contributed to the songwriting in 1999’s conceptual masterpiece Dreaming Neon Black, a morosely dark and articulately beautiful exploration of the peaks and valleys of human emotion. Puncturing the underground with its sanctity was the bleak storyline that followed a man’s descent into madness and ultimate suicide after the mysterious death of the only woman he loved. Metal Maniacs hailed it as “a concept album that rivals Queensrÿche in its ambitiousness and perhaps even the mighty Iron Maiden in execution.” A rigorous touring schedule through the U.S. with Mercyful Fate and headlining shows in Europe & Australia led Tim Calvert to re-evaluate his commitment to the band, and ultimately he opted to leave.
Forced to return to their original four-member configuration, the band’s resilience and bold resolve to top themselves kicked in as they headed to the desert with new producer Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Testament, Kreator) and to the haunted Village Studios in Texas. The result of their fevered creativity was the extraordinary, ‘must-have’ record of 2000: Dead Heart In A Dead World. Audiences around the world were phenomenally receptive to this infinitely complex musical maze crowned by the massive sounds of Jeff Loomis’ seven-string guitar, Jim Sheppard’s five-string bass, the maelstrom drum work of Van Williams, and the arresting poetic power of Warrel Dane. Metal Maniacs praised it as “a collection of songs that summons forth a boldness that sounds ‘epic’ while never giving in to pomposity. NEVERMORE’s biggest achievement yet.” Outburn Magazine simply called it “perfect.” Throughout the worldwide press that year, the astute, darkened luminosity of Dead Heart dominated “Best Album” lists, and fans in every country celebrated the amazingly emotional balladry and the unforgiving sonic bludgeoning Nevermore masterfully refined. Live, they became known as “The Chaos Bringers” and held audiences of thousands at the Wacken Open Air, Dynamo, and With Full Force festivals in the palms of their hands. The band was constantly on the road, sharing stages with Arch Enemy, In Flames & Shadows Fall, Opeth & Angel Dust, and had their 2001 tour with Savatage cut drastically short by the events of September 11th.
For two years, Nevermore’s superbly crafted and complicated versatility has been brooding. Thanks to the assistance of Queensrÿche/Dokken producer Kelly Gray, we are once again invited into the band’s dark subconscious with 2003’s Enemies Of Reality. Warrel Dane’s visceral, clarion calls leads the band to more limitless heights armed with the indestructible backbone of drummer Van Williams and bassist Jim Sheppard while venom, foreboding, and poignant despair continue to be born from the hands of Jeff Loomis within the confines of one song. The title track pummels you with its ferocity and cerebral aggression; “Never Purify” is a forlorn lament of the dismal reality we’ve surrounded ourselves in; and the emotionally evocative “Who Decides” exudes the insightfully mature observations through hindsight of a life lived in extremes.
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This week's roundup of newly added tracks to the Rock Band Network again includes a smattering of metal tracks to keep you headbanging throughout the weekend. These songs are now available on the Xbox 360 version of Rock Band:
All Shall Perish – “There is Nothing Left” (160 MSP)
Asking Alexandria – “Dear Insanity (2x Bass Pedal)” (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way – “On Black Wings (2x Bass Pedal)” (80 MSP)
My Ruin – “Deconsecrated” (80 MSP)
The songs are also now available on PS3 version:
Nevermore – “The Obsidian Conspiracy” ($1.99)
Anarchy Club – “Built to Grind” ($1.99)
Fail Emotions – “Wasted” ($0.99)
These tracks will be hitting the PS3 on 9/18/2012 (North America) and 9/25/2012 (Europe):
Graveyard BBQ - "By the Grace of the Grill" ($1.99)
All Shall Perish - "A Pure Evil" ($1.99)
Previous Iced Earth members Matt Barlow and Freddie Vidales have teamed up with former Nevermore drummer Van Williams to form a new project. Very little info has been revealed, but you can check out the teaser trailer for the new band below. Barlow also commented:
"Greetings all! Just wanted to give you guys a little insight into what's been going on lately. Well, though we are still in the early stages of progress, we are really excited about what we are hearing thus far. We hope that you have patience with us as we continue with this creative process and search for a record label that will help us bring our music to you all in the best way. Thanks for all your support....more to come!" More...
It's a slimmer week for new metal tracks getting added to the Xbox 360 edition of the Rock Band Network, but there are still a few interesting choices such as new material from Atheist and Halcyon Way. The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 metal tracks is as follows:
Atheist - "Second to Sun" (160 MSP)
Deadlock - "The Brave / Agony Applause (RB3 version)" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Building the Towers" (80 MSP)
Powerman 5000 - "Super Villain" (160 MSP)
Powerman 5000 - "Time Bomb" (160 MSP)
These tracks are also hitting the PS3 version of Rock Band on Wednesday, February 1st:
Bumblefoot - "Turn Around" ($0.99)
Winds of Plague - "California" ($1.99)
Halfbrick Studios - "Pirats 'Til We Die" ($0.99)
Vangough - "Estranger" ($0.99)
Rival Sons - "Torture" ($1.99)
Nevermore - "Without Morals" ($1.99)
Pull out the rum and the plastic guitars, because Scottish pirate metallers Alestorm are finally coming to the Rock Band Network with the track "Shipwrecked." If pirates aren't your thing, there's new tracks now available from Devin Townsend, Halcyon Way, Morbid Angel and more.
The complete list of newly added Xbox 360 songs are as follows:
Alestorm - "Shipwrecked" (160 MSP)
A Plea for Purging - "Heart Of A Child" (80 MSP)
Coldera - "Melodicus Counterpointus" (160 MSP)
Devin Townsend - "Planet Smasher (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Inside Looking Out (The Icon & the Ghost)" (80 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "The System" (80 MSP)
Machinae Supremacy - "Indiscriminate Murder is Counter-Productive" (160 MSP)
Morbid Angel - "Existo Vulgoré (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Psychostick - "BEER!!" (160 MSP)
Pythia - "Heartless" (160 MSP)
Pythia - "Heartless (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Solution .45 - "Gravitational Lensing" (80 MSP) More...
BANDHAPPY, the brand new and first live online and in-person music education service, has announced the launch of registration abilities as of 11am ET today (Thursday, January 5th, 2012). Lessons will begin on Monday, January 9th as students are activated into the system. The site has received thousands of requests from students seeking lessons so far, so be patient as BANDHAPPY is approving students on a rolling basis.
Teachers are still able to apply and can continue to apply at any time. Rules for application are currently on the BANDHAPPY teacher registration page. Hundreds of teachers have already signed on and are ready to teach. Teachers that have already signed on include Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders), Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean Band), Gil Sharone (Stolen Babies), Jeff Loomis (Nevermore), Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan), Mike Mowery (Outerloop MGMT), Chris Adler (Lamb of God), Willie Adler (Lamb of God), AJ Minette (The Human Abstract), Evan Brewer (The Faceless), Paul Waggoner (Between the Buried and Me), Rody Walker (Protest the Hero), Peter Wichers (Soilwork), Louis Cato (Marcus Miller Band), Spencer Sotelo (Periphery), and more.
There are two new tutorial videos available now on YouTube, one for teachers and one for students. The videos assist in walking new students and teachers through the registration process, as well as other important individual points like setting up a lesson, creating your profile, etc. You can view the teacher and student tutorials below. New features will be announced soon.
BandHappy Student Tutorial:
BandHappy Student Tutorial:
Founded by Periphery drummer Matt Halpern, BANDHAPPY will reshape how music teachers and students connect in a first-of-its-kind music community. BANDHAPPY will offer either in-person lessons or online lessons anywhere on the planet via a custom-built, in-house video chat system.
BANDHAPPY offers access to one-on-one lessons – in person or online -- with the teacher of your choice, chosen from an impressive roster of professionals in every possible genre. BANDHAPPY is not specifically focused on just instrument lessons either; lessons will also include all areas of music business and production, as well. Anyone can apply to teach or take lessons with BANDHAPPY.
Musicians can use BANDHAPPY for instant access to a readily available pool of potential students, so they can teach whatever they want, whenever they want, wherever they want. BANDHAPPY makes it easy for musicians to manage their teaching schedules effortlessly, while still doing what they love to do and earn income even when they’re out on the road. The touring musicians who created BANDHAPPY have made the entire process hassle-free for both students and teachers. Everything from scheduling to payment is handled seamlessly in one place on the site.
Schecter has posted footage online of Jeff Loomis with his Schecter signature model performing "Miles of Machine" during his Asia Clinic Tour 2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia. You can check out the footage below.
The Rock Band Network continues to expand its catalog this week, bringing new tracks to the Xbox 360 version from Nevermore, Deadlock, and more. The following songs are now available on the Xbox 360 that may be of interest to metal fans:
Deadlock - "Martyr to Science" (160 MSP)
Fallen Angel - "March Into Hell / Blood on My Soul" (160 MSP)
Fallen Angel - "Respiration Desperation / The Neutral Zone" (160 MSP)
Francisco Meza - "Rage and Pain" (80 MSP)
Nevermore - "The Obsidian Conspiracy" (160 MSP)
Nevermore - "The Obsidian Conspiracy (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Nevermore - "Without Morals (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Prototype - "The Way It Ends (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Will Haven - "Mida's Secret" (160 MSP)
These tracks will also be hitting the PS3 on 12/13/2011 (North America) and 12/14/2011 (Europe):
August Burns Red - "Internal Cannon" ($1.99)
Dance Gavin Dance - "Heat Seeking Ghost of Sex" ($1.99)
A Day to Remember - "If It Means a Lot to You" ($1.99)
A Day to Remember - "2nd Sucks" ($1.99)
This week the Xbox 360 version of the Rock Band Network is back to seeing a varied list of newly added rock and metal tracks from several genres. The following songs are now available on the Xbox 360 edition:
All Shall Perish - "My Retaliation" (160 MSP)
Design the Skyline - "Break Free From Your Life" (160 MSP)
Fallen Angel - "The Reapers Shall Gather / Arrival" (160 MSP)
Kylesa - "Tired Climb" (160 MSP)
Nevermore - "Without Morals" (160 MSP)
The Bunny the Bear - "Ocean Floor" (160 MSP)
Thunder and Lightning - "Horizon" (160 MSP)
These tracks are coming to the PS3 on 12/6/2011 (North America) and Wednesday, 12/7/2011 (Europe):
Attack Attack! - "Last Breath" ($1.99)
A Day to Remember - "All Signs Point to Lauderdale" ($1.99)
Guitarist Jeff Loomis recently granted MetalSucks his first interview since departing Nevermore this past April. He also discussed his new, yet-to-be titled solo album. Excerpts from the chat follow:
MS: Let's dive right in with the obvious question: From your perspective, what happened with Nevermore?
Van and I started discussing leaving Nevermore when we were on our last tour with Symphony X in Europe. Obviously, as everyone knows, Nevermore had been together since 1993, and we were very happy for many years. I think that over a period of time, with excessive touring and doing records together, we just got burnt out from one another. There were also many issues with drinking and alcohol abuse [my own] included. I'm not out to do interviews about the end of Nevermore and just zero out particular people in the band, that would be wrong and false information anyway.
We were on the last leg of the Symphony X tour and Van and I had a talk with Warrel backstage and we told him we didn't want to continue on with the next tour with Symphony X in the States. We wanted to take some time and regroup, so to speak, and wait for Jim to come back, since he was recovering from brain surgery. Warrel really did not like that idea, but Van and I stuck with it, thinking it was a smart move to maybe start fresh at a later date. All hell kind of broke from that [discussion], because the concert promoter [in the U.S.] got pissed off, and I heard through the grapevine that we might get sued because of it. That's pretty much when Van and I issued a statement that we were going to depart from the band.
I really just had had enough at the end. I want to do different things musically, and I think it was just better that we left. It was quite amazing, though, with all the response we got from our fans. It's really nice to know that we affected so many people in a positive way with our music.
MS: So you started discussing leaving the band during that tour... at that point, for how long had you known that there were serious problems within the band?
For quite some time actually... there were many problems health-wise that were kinda getting scary. Warrel had a problem with his pancreas and diabetes back in '05, and Jim recently underwent brain surgery to remove a small brain tumor, plus he had issues with Crohn's disease. Sometimes Jim wasn't able to tour because of that, and we would always have to find a replacement. Troubles happen all the time in bands, and we always dealt with them. I think that over a period of time, though, that started to kind of take a toll with never having the whole original band onstage at certain times when we were on tour. People were asking tons of questions about it, and we would do the best we could with trying to explain everything, but sometimes fans wouldn't understand or get the real picture of what was going on. So, yes, I would say from as early on as 2005, there were issues we had to deal with, medical-wise.
MS: So... not trying to get you to talk smack or anything, but Warrel said some very not nice things about Van in the press, and claimed he had learned you guys quit via Blabbermouth. Do you have any thoughts on the way he reacted? Did he learn about the split via the internet? More...
Read the full article at Metal Sucks.
On September 13th, Century Media will release the "Metal For The Masses Volume 9" compilation exclusively through Hot Topic. The release consists of three discs and 48 tracks.
"We're very excited to be putting out the 9th installment of the Metal For The Masses series," says Century Media President, Don Robertson. "This low priced Hot Topic exclusive has been a very important sampler of our artists for the last decade and has proven to be a great way to give the metal community a chance to discover new music."
The track listing is as follows:
Disc One (The Century Family)
1 - Winds of Plague - California
2 - Vampires Everywhere! - Carnage At The Castle
3 - Suicide Silence - You Only Live Once
4 - Architects (UK) - Day In Day Out
5 - iwrestledabearonce - Karate Nipples
6 - Demolisher - Two Sided Coin
7 - Arsonists Get All The Girls - Will Someone Please Turn Down the Ocean
8 - Earth Crisis - Total War
9 - Suffer Well - For Today, For Yesterday, For Everyday
10 - The Devastated - The Devil's Messenger
11 - Arch Enemy - Bloodstained Cross
12 - Turisas - The Great Escape
13 - Deicide - How Can You Call Yourself a God?
14 - 7 Horns 7 Eyes - Vindicator
15 - TesseracT - Eden
Disc Two (Nuclear Blast America)
1 - Decapitated - Homo Sum
2 - All Shall Perish - There's Nothing Left
3 - Symphony X - The End Of Innocence
4 - Sepultura - Kairos
5 - Lock Up - Brethren Of The Pentagram
6 - Belphegor - Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Satan
7 - Hell - On Earth As It Is In Hell
8 - Destruction - Hate Is My Fuel
9 - World Under Blood - God Among The Waste
10 - Korpiklaani - Tequila
11 - Agnostic Front - My Life My Way
12 - Graveyard - Ain't Fit To Live Here
13 - While Heaven Wept - Destroyer Of Solace
14 - Before The Dawn - Deathstar
15 - Sylosis - Empyreal
16 - Pain - Dirty Woman
17 - Origin - Expulsion of Fury
18 - Amorphis - You I Need
19 - Scar Symmetry - Extinction Mantra More...
Ex-Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis posted new video reports from Fastback Studios, where he is currently recording his second solo album. Soilwork's Dirk Verbeuren is seen laying down drum tracks. You can check out the videos here:
Nevermore/Sanctuary vocalist Warell Dane was interviewed by Greg Hasbrouck from ProgPower USA about the first album from the reunited Sanctuary since 1990's "Into the Mirror Black." Dane revealed: "I think the record is going to be called, 'The Year The Sun Died.' And there's a lot of stuff playing into that, and you can read whatever you want to for right now into it. God, that song is really good. We've been working really hard on that."
Dane went on to talk a little about the sound of the new album, stating "It's not going to sound like the old ones... it's 2011. It's still gonna be that good I think, and there's gonna be high-pitched screaming. I'm making sure of that. With Nevermore high-pitched screaming was never really called for. You know, with Sanctuary… of course it is."
When asked about the future of Nevermore since the departure of guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams and whether there will be another album, Dane replied "Oh Yeah."
Read the full article at ProgPower USA's Facebook Page.
The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that Irish black metal outfit Primordial and British extreme metal band Xerath have been added to this year's edition of the event. The festival will take place from August 12th-14th in Catton Hall, Derbyshire and will feature this lineup:
Devin Townsend Project
Rhapsody Of Fire
Deadly Circus Fire
Def Con One
Just a couple weeks after dropping off their North American tour with Symphony X, American metal outfit Nevermore has announced that the band has parted ways with guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams, both of which have been with the group since the 1995 self-titled album. A joint statement from Loomis and Williams reads as follows:
"In a mutual decision Jeff Loomis and Van Williams have decided to leave Nevermore. The time has come to pursue our own paths from the group. Due to internal struggles and ongoing issues within the band, we feel it is our time to move on. We would like to thank all of our fans around the world for their years of love, support and enthusiasm. This was not an easy decision but a very necessary one at this point, may we all meet again someday, somewhere in time."
The organisers of the Czech Republic's Brutal Assault festival has announced a further three confirmations for this year's event. Newly added to the bill are Scottish hardcore punk/crossover thrash legends The Exploited, Bay Area thrash veterans Forbidden and American mathcore outfit The Dillinger Escape Plan. The festival will take place from August 11th-13th in Josefov, Czech Republic.
The lineup is as follows: More...
Century Media Records has issued the following brief announcement about Nevermore pulling out of the band's upcoming North American tour:
"It is with great regret that we notify Nevermore fans that the band has withdrawn from their upcoming North American tour. The tour will continue as planned with Symphony X, Powerglove and Blackguard. An official statement from the band will be issued soon. Thanks, as always, for supporting Nevermore and Century Media."
Additional details on the cancellation will be announced as they are made available.
Here's the tracklisting for the sampler.
1. Goes Cube - “Thunderheads” from In Tides And Drifts”
2. TesseracT - “Nascent” from “One”
3. Trap Them - “The Fact” from “Darker Handcraft”
4. Kvelertak - “Mjød” from “Kvelertak”
5. Napalm Death - “Diktat” from “Time Waits For no Slave”
6. Last Chance To Reason - "Temp Files" from “Level 2”
7. Deicide - “Into the Darkness You Go” from “To Hell With God”
8. Blackguard - “Firefight” from “Firefight”
9. As Blood Runs Black - “Resist” from “Instinct”
10. Thomas Giles - “Sleep Shake” from “Pulse”
11. Arch Enemy - “Beast of Man” from “The Root Of All Evil”
12. Believer - “Lie Awake” from “Transhuman”
13. Within The Ruins - “Red Flagged” from “Invade”
14. Triptykon - “Shatter” from “Shatter”
15. Nachtmystium - “Ruined Life Continuum” from “Addicts”
16. Novembers Doom - “Harvest Scythe” from “Aphotic”
17. Daath - “Deconstruction/Restoration” from “Daath”
18. Nevermore - “Emptiness Unobstructed” from “The Obsidian Conspiracy”
19. Pathology - “Code Injection” from “Legacy Of The Ancients”
20. Wretched - “My Carrion” from “Beyond The Gate”
With the release of his solo debut, "Metalusion" (due out April 5th), guitarist Glen Drover, best known for his precision and power playing with Megadeth and Eidolon, "blends the venom and attack of modern metal and the technically demanding musicianship that defines the classic jazz-rock genre."
The instrumental, 10-track album features five original compositions and metallic- edged interpretations of material composed by musical giants Frank Zappa, Al DiMeola and Jean-Luc Ponty.
"Metalusion" presents a side of Drover's musical identity that the metal community has rarely witnessed, while boasting diverse yet highly cohesive tracks. "Each song should sound as though it was meant to be included on the record," says Drover. "Nothing should seem as though it's out of place."
Assisting Drover are a number of special guests, including Nevermore's power metal/prog metal guitarist Jeff Loomis, Opeth's and Talisman's axe man Fredrik Åkesson, veteran Steve Smyth of the Bay Area's Forbidden, Ohm's guitar hero, Chris Poland (Megadeth) and classical metal master Vinnie Moore of UFO.
Here's the tracklisting for "Metalusion":
1. Ground Zero Special Guests - Chris Poland and Vinnie Moore
2. Frozen Dream Special Guest - Steve Smyth
3. Egyptian Danza [Al DiMeola Cover]
4. Colors Of Infinity
5. Illusions Of Starlight
6. Don't Let The World Pass You By [Jean-Luc Ponty Cover] - Special Guest - Fredrik Akesson
7. Mirage [Jean-Luc Ponty Cover] - Special Guest - Jeff Loomis
9. The Purple Lagoon [Frank Zappa Cover]
10. Filthy Habits [Frank Zappa Cover]
Swedish heavy metal outfit Soilwork has announced that they have been forced to cancel their planned tour of North America with Symphony X and Nevermore. Drummer Dirk Verbeuren has issued the following statement: "Due to recurring issues with a herniated disc in his lower back requiring a prolonged period of resting and healing, our guitarist Peter Wichers is forced to sit out this spring’s North American tour with Symphony X and Nevermore. We did consider hiring a fill-in guitar player, but we’ve decided to stick together as a band and out of respect for our fans, to cancel our participation in the tour. Our apologies to those of you who were hoping to see us. If all goes well, Peter should be healed and ready to hit the road in time for the summer festivals."
The organisers of Great Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that, in addition to black metal icons Immortal headlining the second day of the event, heavy metal veterans W.A.S.P. will be headlining the main stage on the friday, with rock gods Motorhead closing the festivities on the final day of the event. Speaking about the festival, Motorhead frontman Lemmy stated:
"Bloodstock is celebrating 11 years, Motorhead 36 years - Boys and girls, come and see, we will rock your fu**in’ ass’. See you at Bloodstock!"
The event will take place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire from August 12th-14th and will feature the following lineup: More...