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Nevermore

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Formed: 1994
From: Seattle, WA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

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 Announces Album Chart Positions

Seattle’s Nevermore released the new album "The Obsidian Conspiracy" on June 8th, 2010. The release also marks a milestone for the band as it debuted at #125 on the Billboard Top 200 charts and #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. This is Nevermore's highest charting debut ever. The disc also debuted at #88 on the Canadian Billboard chart.

Vocalist Warrel Dane further states: “We are so lucky to have such amazing and diehard fans and we can’t thank them all enough for going out the first week of release to support us while helping us achieve the highest Billboard chart entry of our career. It’s an amazing feeling to see such impressive sales in this ever changing retail climate and this is just the beginning for us as we’re planning on touring the world extensively to support this release. We are taking off to Europe tomorrow but will be traveling around all of North America this fall playing our most extensive headlining set ever, so be sure to come out and hang with us. We promise that it will be a night you will never forget. Thanks again for all of the support and see you all soon."

The music video for the new track “Emptiness Unobstructed" can also be viewed below. More...

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Nevermore Posts New Music Video Online

Seattle metal band NEVERMORE has partnered up with Bloody-Disgusting.com, for the exclusive, worldwide debut of their new music video for the track “Emptiness Unobstructed,” which can be viewed at this location.

Warrel Dane further states, “Working with director Nigel Crane was a great experience. We spent a day walking around the white cliffs in Dover the day before the London show and we couldn’t possibly be happier with the end result. The live part was shot at the O2 Academy Islington in London and we only performed the song twice that night so we had to make these takes count, so we went all out. It was pretty amazing that most of the audience knew all of the words even though we were a number of days away from the album’s release. Thanks for checking this out and we hope you enjoy it.”

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Nevermore Streaming New Song Online

Nevermore is set to release the new full-length album, "The Obsidian Conspiracy," on June 8th, 2010. The band is now streaming a new song from the album, titled “She Comes In Colors,” through Revolvermag.com at this location.

North American fans will get a chance to see the band as they kick of a tour starting on September 23rd and running through the beginning of November. The bill also features Warbringer, Mutiny Within, and Hatesphere in the support slots. The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...

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Nevermore Announces North American Tour

American heavy metal outfit Nevermore has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining trek across North America this September, in support of their latest studio album, "The Obsidian Conspiracy." Joining them on the tour will be Warbringer, Mutiny Within and Hatesphere.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Nevermore To Play Tuska Open Air

Nevermore is the latest act to be confirmed for the 2010 edition of Finland's Tuska Open Air festival, which takes place from July 2nd - 4th in Helsinki. More information on the Tuska Open Air festival can be found at this location. The upcoming Nevermore tour dates are as follows:

19.06.2010 Hellfest Clisson, FR
03.07.2010 Tuska Open Air Helsinki, Uusimaa
04.07.2010 Unirock Open Air Tevfikbey, Istanbul, TURKEY
06.07.2010 Metalcamp Tolmin, SK
17.07.2010 Bang Your Head Fest Balingen, DE More...

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Nevermore Announces New Touring Guitarist

Seattle metal band NEVERMORE has added a second guitar player to their live line-up.

The band further comments, “NEVERMORE are proud to announce that we will be touring all summer long with a very talented Hungarian guitar player by the name of Attila Voros. Attila has already performed with Warrel Dane's solo project, and realizing how good he is, we decided he would be a perfect addition for the Summer festivals we are about to embark on in Europe. Check out www.myspace.com/cowboyfromhungary or www.myspace.com/vorosattila to see what he is all about.”

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Nevermore Streaming New Song

Nevermore is currently streaming a new track online from their upcoming album "The Obsidian Conspiracy." The new song, “Without Morals,” can now be heard through the Nevermore MySpace page. "The Obsidian Conspiracy" is set for a June 8th North American release. Nevermore will also film a video for the song “Emptiness Unobstructed” at their May 18th show at the O2 Academy Islington in London, England. The clip will be directed by Nigel Crane (Paradise Lost).

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Sanctuary Reunites To Record New Album

Nevermore's Warrel Dane has issued the following update regarding the reunion of his old band Sanctuary:

"Since I have been talking about this in interviews already I should probably just say it... there will be another Sanctuary record, been talking with Lenny... we are really good friends again and it feels good... I missed my relationship with him for many years... but NM is never going away so don't start any more rumors!"

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Nevermore To Film New Music Video

American heavy metal outfit Nevermore has announced that they will be filming a new music video for the song, "Emptiness Unobstructed" in London next week on May 18th. The video will be filmed at the Islington Academy in North London at the bands concert. "Emptiness Unobstructed" will appear on the bands forthcoming new studio album, "The Obsidian Conspiracy," which will be released on May 28th in Europe and June 8th in North America.

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Nevermore Posts New Album Sampler Online

NEVERMORE have returned with their new full-length release, "The Obsidian Conspiracy," which is set for June 8th North American release and May 31st European release. A new video featuring audio clips spanning the entire new album can be seen below:

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Nevermore Announces Greek Tour Dates

Seattle progressive thrash metal band Nevermore has announced the following Greek tour dates:

May 27th - Thessaloniki - Principal Club Theatre
May 28th - Athens - Fuzz Club

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Nevermore Reveals New Album Details

Seattle progressive thrash metal band NEVERMORE has announced that their upcoming full-length album, "The Obsidian Conspiracy," will be released on June 8th North American release and May 31st European through Century Media Records.

"The Obsidian Conspiracy" was recorded with renowned producer Peter Wichers (who previously worked with NEVERMORE vocalist Warrel Dane on his solo debut Praises to the War Machine). Longtime friend and collaborator Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Opeth) once again handled mixing duties.

The coverart was created by the great Travis Smith (Amorphis, Opeth) and can be viewed in the album trailer below:

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Jeff Loomis To Release Instructional DVD Set

Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis has announced he will be releasing a new instructional DVD set entitled "Extreme Lead Guitar: Dissonant Scales and Arpeggios." A teaser trailer for the release, which goes on pre-sale on April 15th, can be viewed below. The 2-DVD set will include interviews and live performances in addition to 40 guitar lessons.

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Nevermore Announces Three Shows With Death Angel

Nevermore have announced three upcoming headlining European tour dates in May with special guests Death Angel. The details are as follows:

05.16.2010 (B) VOSSELAAR / Biebob
05.18.2010 (UK) LONDON / O2 Academy Islington
05.19.2010 (NL) UDEN / De Pul

Nevermore's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

5/13 2010 Metalfest Open Air (Germany) Dessau
5/14 2010 Metalfest Open Air (Austria) Mining
5/15 2010 Metalfest Open Air (Switzerland) Pratteln
5/16 2010 7:00PBiebob Vosselaar
5/18 2010 7:00PO2 Academy Islington London
5/19 2010 7:00PDe Pul Uden
5/21 2010 Metalfest Open Air (Hungary) Budapest
5/22 2010 Metalfest Open Air (Czech Republic) Pilsen
5/23 2010 Rock Hard Festival Gelsenkirchen
6/19 2010 Hellfest Clisson
7/4 2010 Unirock Festival Istanbul, Istanbul
7/6 2010 Metalcamp Tolmin
7/17 2010 Bang Your Head Fest Balingen

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Line-Up Announced For Metal Fest Open Air Austria

The 2010 edition of the Metal Fest Open Air Austria will take place from May 12th - 15th, 2010 More information on the festival can be found at this location. The currently confirmed line up for the festival is as follows:

Twilight of The Gods
Testament
Bolt Thrower
Behemoth
Sepultura
Six Feet Under
Nevermore
Corvus Corax
Deicide
Epica
Korpiklaani
Saltatio Mortis
Caliban
Legion of the Damned
Parkway Drive
Death Angel
Alestorm More...

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Nevermore's Warrel Dane Announces Solo Tour Dates

Warrel Dane, singer of Seattle progressive thrash metal band Nevermore, has announced the following solo tour dates:

3/04/10 - Galaxy Theatre, Santa Ana, CA
3/05/10 - Ramona Mainstage, Ramona, CA
3/06/10 - Cheyenne Saloon, Las Vegas, NV
3/07/10 - Whiskey A Go Go, West Hollywood, CA
3/08/10 - U.B.'s Bar, Mesa, AZ
3/09/10 - The Rock, Tucson, AZ
3/12/10 - Peter's Room, Portland, OR
3/13/10 - Red Room, Vancouver, BC

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Sanctuary Reissues Classic Albums On Single CD

Ironbird via Cherry Red Records will reissue SANCTUARY's first two albums, 1987's "Refuge Denied," produced by Dave Mustaine of MEGADETH; and 1990's "Into The Mirror Black," produced by Howard Benson, on a single CD on March 8. Singer Warrel Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard went on to extend SANCTUARY's ambition and songwriting into NEVERMORE.

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Warrel Dane Announces Solo Live Debut

Vocalist Warrel Dane of Nevermore has announced he will be making his live solo debut on December 19th, 2009. Dane will be accompanied by Matt Wicklund of God Forbid on guitar. The show will take place at Studio Seven (110 South Horton) in Seattle, WA. Support will come from Sword of Judgment, Torture Box, Headshot, and Asema. The promotional poster for the show can also be found at this location.

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Nevermore Guitar Clinic Videos Posted Online

A series of video clips has been posted online from the guitar clinic hosted by Jeff Loomis of Nevermore on October 17 in Lille, France. The video clips can be viewed below.

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Nevermore's Jeff Loomis Clinic Dates Revealed

Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis has been scheduled for the following October 2009 clinic dates in Europe. Venues TBA.

Oct. 06 Manchester, UK
Oct. 07 Glasgow, UK
Oct. 09 Stockholm, SE
Oct. 10 Gothenburg, SE
Oct. 12 Moscow, RU
Oct. 13 St. Petersburg, RU
Oct. 14 Florence, IT
Oct. 15 Bologna, IT
Oct. 16 Montebelluna, IT
Oct. 17 Lille, FR
Oct. 19 Madrid, ES
Oct. 20 San Sebastian, ES

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