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Formed: 1994
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.

Latest Nevermore News

Below is our complete Nevermore news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Nevermore's "Enemies Of Reality" To Be Remixed

Producer Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Arch Enemy, Skinlab, Masterplan) is remixing Nevermore's "Enemies of Reality" album for re-release via the Century Media label in early 2005.

"Enemies of Reality" (2003) was originally recorded in Seattle with producer Kelly Gray (Queensryche, Slave to the System, Dokken) and was widely criticized for its muddy, inferior production compared to that of its predecessor, 2000's "Dead Heart in a Dead World", which was produced by Sneap.

Nevermore are expected to enter the studio with Sneap in February 2005 to begin recording their follow-up to "Enemies Of Reality", tentatively due late summer/early fall via Century Media.

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Big Names Confirmed For Bang Your Head Festival

Twisted Sister, Dio, Saxon and the re-united Candlemass are all booked to appear at next year's Bang Your Head festival, which happens at Balingen, Germany on 24/25. Also on the bill for the tenth anniversary of the festival are Doro, Sebastian Bach, Nevermore, Krokus, Gamma Ray, Axel Rudi Pell and Amon Amarth.

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Pure Sweet Hell Sign To Crash Music

Crash Music, Inc. announced that they have signed metal act Pure Sweet Hell to a four-album deal.

Pure Sweet Hell consists of Van Williams , who is also the drummer in Century Media recording artists, Nevermore, Christ Eichhorn, who has spent much of his time writing music and doing studio and live work with a number of bands, and Jim "Ravenfeeder" Colson who has been in bands with Christ and Van in the past, now joins the duo as a member of Pure Sweet Hell.

Pure Sweet Hell's music can be described as a combination of thrash, black, and death metal which makes for a crushing sound. Crash Music¹s Mark Nawara comments, "We are very excited to be working with Van and Christ on their project Pure Sweet Hell. We look forward to helping develop the band into being a major success in the metal genre."

Crash Music will release their debut full length album "The Voyeurs Of Utter Destruction As Beauty" on February 22, 2004.

Crash Music is distributed in the U.S. by Caroline Distribution and has offices in France that handle the European territories through Crash Music Europe.

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Nevermore Forced To Cancel Seattle Performance

Due to an illness in the band, Nevermore must cancel their performance at this year's Seattle Metal Fest. The band would like to apologize to all of their fans that had planned to come out and see them, and they will do their best to make it up to them.

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Bang Your Head Line-Up Revealed

The band-lineup of next year's installment of Bang Your Head is gaining shape: former Skid Row-vocalist Sebastian Bach was confirmed to play at the event set to take place in Germany at the Messegelände of Balingen on the 24th and 25th of June. Bach played this year's Bang Your Head as well: He was hired as substitute for White Lion as the reunion of the latter failed last minute. Bach turned out to the huge surprise act of the festival ans delivered an frenetically acclaimed live set with an high-energy performance of many Skid Row-classics.

Bang Your Head 2005 will be the 10th Bang Your Head in a row and is therefore themed "The Best of Ten Years." To celebrate this anniversary, the festival's organizers invited the most popular acts of all former events, among them prominent names like Twisted Sister and Motorhead. Alongside 22 acts that have rocked the festival's stage before, another well-known very special guest will be invited.

The list of artists set to perform at the Bang Your Head festival 2005 at Balingen, Germany, 24th/25th of June:

Twisted Sister
Sebastian Bach
Gamma Ray

Axel Rudi Pell
Amon Amarth
Jag Panzer
Nasty Savage
Vicious Rumors

+ 5 more huge acts
+ 1 very special guest

All further details about the Bang Your Head may be found at ww.bang-your-head.de.

Tickets are availaible at ticket-hotline (+49-74 57-9 13 93) and via homepage. Prices are 59 - Euro (plus shipping) at presales. Tickets are limited to a number of 20000. By this it the organizers want to ensure that the special and relaxed atmosphere of the event won't suffer.

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Nevermore Video To Debut On Headbanger's Ball

The Seattle-based quintet Nevermore are currently wrapping up the songwriting process for their highly anticipated new album. They are expected to enter Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England in mid-November with acclaimed producer Andy Sneap (Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage, Machine Head).

The group's new video for "I, Voyager" will debut on MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" this Saturday, September 11. The clip was shot by Kevin Leonard (Hate Eternal, Himsa) and comes off their latest album, "Enemies of Reality", released in July of 2003.

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New Nevermore Video Posted Online

Nevermore's video for the track "I, Voyager," off their most recent album, "Enemies Of Reality," has been posted online at Launch.com. Check it out here. The clip was directed by Kevin Leonard, who has previously worked with Hate Eternal and Himsa, among others.

Nevermore are scheduled to follow up their appearance at this year's Wacken Open Air festival with a U.S. tour, which is expected to take place in September/October. The Seattle-based band will then enter the studio with producer Andy Sneap (Machine Head, Arch Enemy, Kreator) beginning in November to record their follow-up to "Enemies of Reality," tentatively due in the spring through Century Media Records. A U.K. tour is expected to take place in late 2004/early 2005.

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Wacken 2004 To Be Broadcasted Over The Internet

The organizers of the Wacken Open Air festival and Armageddon Music have teamed up with Hardy TV to bring ALL 72 HOURS of this year's festivals into every discerning metalhead's home.

Starting from Thursday, August 5 at 3:00 PM CET you will be able to view the live shows from the True Metal, Black Metal, Party and Wet Stages, the Jim Beam Stage and the beer garden. Interviews, metal news and footage from the VIP and backstage areas will also be seen online. Viewers will also be offered a look at the festival grounds, the camping area, the meet & greets, and be able to accompany the bands to the stage. The latest video clips from the bands on this year's W:O:A bill will also be presented.

For more information, go here.

Be aware that costs DO apply and are broken down as follows:

24 hours – 5 Euros, $6.02 American, $8.02 Canadian (+ billing fees)
48 hours – 8 Euros, $9.64 American, $12.83 Canadian (+ billing fees)
72 hours – 10 Euros, $12.04 American, $16.03 Canadian (+ billing fees)

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Brazil's Masters Open Air Festival Cancelled

Brazil's Masters Open Air Festival has been officially cancelled, according to the event's organizers. The one-day festival, which was set to be held July 24 at Anhembi in São Paulo, Brazil, was scheduled to include performances by such acts as URIAH HEEP, NEVERMORE, OVERKILL, BLAZE, CIRCLE II CIRCLE, ROTTING CHRIST, KORZUS, DRAGONHEART, HEAVENFALLS and THALION. No further information is available at this time.

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Nevermore Cancel U.K. Tour

Seattle-based power metallers NEVERMORE have been forced to cancel their previously announced U.K. tour with NOCTURNAL RITES "due to conflicting schedules," according to a posting on the band's web site. The band are hoping to reschedule the dates later in the year.

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Nevermore Sign New Deal, Film Video

NEVERMORE frontman Warrel Dane has posted the following message on the band's official message board:

"We're doing a video for 'I, Voyager' within the next month, we just signed a new record deal [believed to be with Nuclear Blast Records], [and] we're working on a headline U.S. tour at the moment and we're writing a bunch of new tunes." With regards to which label the group are now signed to, Warrel said, "we will announce that when all the paperwork is processed."

NEVERMORE's most recent studio album, 2003's "Enemies Of Reality", marked the final album under the group's previous contract with Century Media Records. The band, who feature in their ranks former members of the popular '80s power metal act Sanctuary, were very vocal about their dissatisfaction with their previous label, whom Dane blamed for "cut[ting] [the] budget [for 'Enemies of Reality'] down to shit for because we wouldn't re-sign with them until after the album was done."

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NJ/NY Shows This Weekend

Ok for everyone reading this in the NJ/NYC/NY/CT/PA area or wherever, there are many shows in the area this weekend. Here's the ones I know of:

December 12 @ the murray hodge hall | 58 meadow road in rutherford, nj
doors open at 5:30 pm | all ages | $9 admission
with folly, the sleeping, the number twelve looks like you,
killed by memories, dreams forever drowning

december 13 @ the cricket club | 415 16th ave in irvington, nj
doors open at 6:30 pm | all ages | $10 admission
with gotham road, the program, nothing left to mourn,
and blood simple (featuring tim from vision of disorder) More...

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