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Nevermore in Hollywood - With Photos!

By Charlie Steffens aka Gnarly Charlie, Writer/Photographer
Monday, December 12, 2005 @ 10:58 AM


At the Key Club 12/7/05

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"Mr. Gower, Nevermore fucked up my hearing."

To celebrate the upcoming holidays in high style, Century Media threw their Century Family’s Second Annual Christmas BallS at Hollywood’s Key Club and it was a metal bash that will be remembered like the Ghost of Christmas Past. We all have one of those, don’t we? You say “Bah, Humbug?” I feel ya, Carmelia.

Seattle’s Nevermore was given a warm welcome when they took the stage and it was strange, though refreshing, to see them in a small club setting –up close and personal. Known for being dark and having an edgy mystique, they were illuminated both by the Never-loving Key Club audience as well as their own fun loving attitude.

But make no mistake –it was Nevermore, playing with the same loudness and breathtaking instrumental brutality that they’re known for in the stadiums and arenas. A small venue just makes it harder for them to throw the dark shadows, visually speaking. I, like most, prefer to hear a band of Nevermore’s caliber and potency to be unbridled and wide open in the volume department. Despite being stripped down and turned down in amplification (out of necessity), they played a show that sounded killer, even with all the variables. It even looked like drummer Van Williams had set up smaller bass drums on stage other than the larger ones that he normally plays.

Singer Warrel Dane appeared to be having a great time, throwing jokes around here and there between songs. He’s looking thinner and more fit these days since undergoing a life enhancing decision he made a while back, apparently switching his brand of beverage. Seeing and hearing the extraordinary guitar playing of Jeff Loomis and former Testament guitarist Steve Smyth and the rest of the band perform in such an intimate setting was great. The songs on their set list didn’t span the whole timeline of the band -- starting at Politics of Ecstasy on up to This Godless Endeavor – but Nevermore fans and those who were likely to become fans that night got rocked … and sleighed! Ho-ho-motherfuckin’-ho!

Behemoth, Watch Them Die and Manntis played amazing sets as well that night.

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SETLIST

  • Born
  • Acid Words
  • Bittersweet Feast
  • The River Dragon Has Come
  • Narcosynthesis
  • Beyond Within
  • This Sacrament
  • Never Purify
  • The Seven Tongues of God
  • Inside Four Walls
  • Final Product
  • This Endeavor Godless
  • Enemies of Reality

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Photos by Charlie Steffens, aka Gnarly Charlie


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