While the darkest may be yet to come for Nevermore, The Obsidian Conspiracy is truly the “Black Album” of the band’s musical evolution. Singer Warrel Dane and guitarist Jeff Loomis had each released more than impressive solo albums within the last two years, and, of course, a follow-up to This Godless Endeavor was long overdue. Well, after five years, the wait is over. And for Nevermore fans, the wonderment begins again. “The Termination Proclamation” and “Your Poison Throne,” are a continuation of Dane’s possessed pen and vocal venom, the speed and grandeur of guitar god, Jeff Loomis, with rock hard foundation from bassist Jim Sheppard and drummer Van Williams. Production and engineering duties were handled by Soilwork guitarist Peter Wichers, who had co-written Dane’s 2008 solo offering, Praises to the War Machine. The result of the collaboration between Nevermore and Wichers is sure to meet the approval of fans and audiophiles alike. “And the Maiden Spoke,” is a poetic, perhaps psychedelically-induced testimony of Dane’s, that bathes the imagination in Medieval imagery and mad visions of shit that might scare you. “The Blue Marble and the New Soul” is a grim, yet ethereally optimistic message of a child’s frail naiveté, implying the importance of solid parenting. “Without Morals” is thrashy, unbridled Nevermore rage in honest and hateful splendor. “She Comes in Colors” is Dane spilling out loud and beautifully, revealing dark eroticism and lunacy.
The Obsidian Conspiracy has power, depth, incredible Loomis guitar solos, and an indescribable hook to it all. The title track will slay you with brutality (Van Williams’ drumming is outrageous) and its stark, apocalyptic message—quite characteristic of Seattle’s sinister Sanctuarians.
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