Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN JOIN
MAGAZINEON-AIRDOWNLOADSCHATBOARDSCONTESTSSTORE
Reviews

Nevermore Nevermore, In Memory, The Politics of Ecstasy

By Charlie Steffens aka Gnarly Charlie, Writer/Photographer
Thursday, October 26, 2006 @ 1:53 PM


CD Reissues on Century Media

- advertisement -
- advertisement -
“…tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!' Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'” ~ Edgar Allan Poe

According to guitarist Jeff Loomis, Nevermore got its name by initially having no name. After Sanctuary split up in 1991, three of its members-- vocalist Warrel Dane, bassist Jim Sheppard and Loomis (who had only been in the group two months before it disbanded) printed a statement on their flyers: ”Sanctuary is nevermore.”

Since Nevermore music is ever so dark and heavy with hardly any levity in its lyrics, some may think the band’s name was derived from a poet who was weak and weary upon a midnight dreary. Maybe nobody gives a raven’s fuck. Before I digress…

Nevermore and Century Media Records have released the band’s first three albums with additional content, such as previously unreleased demo tracks, videos of “What Tomorrow Knows” and “Next In Line”, and a grimly funny bonus cover of Judas Priest’s “Love Bites.”

The raw intensity and wide-open power of nearly all the demos on the Nevermore and In Memory reissues will make a Sanctuary or Nevermore fan happy. For a new squid just getting acquainted with the band, or for those who liked 2005’s This Godless Endeavor, give these first two albums a hearing. They are packed with brutally powerful, pure fucking metal. And since we’re now in the days of high gloss, overproduced, ProTools, synthetic shit—to hear something this magical and unadulterated, back when Nevermore was in its formative years is really exciting.

Nevermore has existed both as a quartet and a quintet. On their 1995 self-titled release they were a four-piece band with Warrel Dane, Jeff Loomis, Jim Sheppard, and Van Williams. The next year the In Memory EP was released and introduced guitarist Pat O’Brien (now in Cannibal Corpse), who along with guitarist extraordinaire Jeff Loomis, formed one of the deadliest duos on the scene at that time.

The Politics Of Ecstasy is the standout of all these albums, but the demos of some of its best tracks will be found on the In Memory reissue. “The Tiananmen Man” in its demo form is a thrashed-out masterpiece as is the instrumental “42147.”

Don’t buy one of these albums. Get all three. If you’ve already got all of them without the bonus content, you owe it to yourself and others to get the reissues of Nevermore and In Memory to hear the demos.

* * * ½


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent Reviews
QUEENSRYCHE, FATES WARNING In Worcester, MA
Y&T In New Bedford, MA With Photos!
EXPERIENCE HENDRIX In Clearwater, FL With Photos!
OVERKILL, DESTRUCTION, FLOTSAM & JETSAM In Munich, Germany
TORA TORA Bastards of Beale
THE ELYSIAN FIELDS New World Misanthropia
IRON SAVIOR Kill Or Get Killed
BEAST IN BLACK From Hell With Love
CANNIBAL CORPSE, MORBID ANGEL In Santa Ana, CA With Photos!
NOTHING MORE, OF MICE & MEN In Los Angeles With Photos!
DREAM THEATER Distance Over Time
NIGHT RANGER In Houston, TX With Photos!
Y&T, GILBY CLARKE In Houston, TX With Photos!
LAST IN LINE In Houston, TX With Photos!
AENIMUS Dreamcatcher
CHILDREN OF BODOM Hexed
ASTRONOID Astronoid
RHAPSODY OF FIRE The Eighth Mountain
MALEVOLENT CREATION The 13th Beast
SILVERTUNG (But, At What Cost??!)
KILLER BEE Remember The Times
OVERKILL The Wings of War
SWALLOW THE SUN When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light
LAST IN LINE II
HERMAN FRANK Fight The Fear
STEEL PANTHER In Portland, OR With Photos!
AMARANTHE Helix
SOILWORK Verkligheten





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CHAT | BOARDS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2019 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News