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Nevermore
Nevermore
was an American heavy metal band from Seattle, Washington, United States. Formed in 1991, they are known to incorporate elements from various styles such as progressive metal, power metal, modern hard rock, classic heavy metal,[1] and thrash metal.[2] The band has been on hiatus since 2011, due to personal issues between the band members.[3] In April 2015, lead singer Warrel Dane
Warrel Dane
confirmed that Nevermore
Nevermore
had not disbanded, and there was a possibility for them to continue in the next two years with another album.[4] Dane's death in December 2017 ended hopes of a reunion.[5]

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early years (1992–93) 1.2 Nevermore, In Memory
In Memory
and The Politics of Ecstasy (1994–96) 1.3 Dreaming Neon Black
Dreaming Neon Black
and Dead Heart in a Dead World
Dead Heart in a Dead World
(1999–2001) 1.4 Enemies of Reality
Enemies of Reality
and This Godless Endeavor
This Godless Endeavor
(2003–07) 1.5 Solo work and The Year of the Voyager
The Year of the Voyager
(2006–08) 1.6 The Obsidian Conspiracy
The Obsidian Conspiracy
and future (2010) 1.7 Hiatus, possible reunion and death of Warrel Dane
Warrel Dane
(2011–2017)

2 Genre 3 Band members

3.1 Timeline

4 Discography 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] Early years (1992–93)[edit] Nevermore
Nevermore
started in the beginning of the 1990s, when the band Sanctuary was pressured by its recording label to change its musical style, switching from heavy metal to grunge, which was obtaining mainstream success at the time due to bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam (both, incidentally, also from Seattle). Two members of the band – vocalist Warrel Dane
Warrel Dane
and bassist Jim Sheppard
Jim Sheppard
— did not agree with the change, and thus proceeded to create a project of their own: Nevermore. Nevermore, In Memory
In Memory
and The Politics of Ecstasy (1994–96)[edit] By the end of 1994, the band assumed a stable lineup, which saw the additions of drummer Van Williams and former Sanctuary touring guitarist Jeff Loomis. In 1995 Nevermore
Nevermore
released its debut album through Century Media Records. This album received much attention and specialized review, as its release was followed by a European tour with Blind Guardian
Blind Guardian
and a North American tour with Death. Second guitarist Pat O'Brien joined the band prior to the release of the EP In Memory
In Memory
and also took part in the recording of the subsequent album The Politics of Ecstasy, both from 1996. O'Brien left Nevermore to play in Cannibal Corpse
Cannibal Corpse
and Curran Murphy from Shatter Messiah was enlisted as a touring guitarist for the band until Tim Calvert (who played for the band Forbidden) was able to join the band. Dreaming Neon Black
Dreaming Neon Black
and Dead Heart in a Dead World
Dead Heart in a Dead World
(1999–2001)[edit] Three years without releases followed, but in 1999, the album Dreaming Neon Black was released. The album's lyrics, based partly on the events Warrell Dane underwent after the disappearance of his longtime girlfriend, narrate the story of a man's slow decline into madness, subsequent to the death of the only woman he ever loved. The tracks of this album are varied in style, ranging from slow and melodic to aggressive and progressive. A long tour followed with Nevermore
Nevermore
sharing stages with bands such as Mercyful Fate, Arch Enemy, Iced Earth, and Opeth. After the end of the tour, in 2000, guitarist Tim Calvert announced his departure from the band, subsequent to his marriage. Instead of finding a replacement, the band decided to continue as a quartet, hiring session guitarists for live appearances, such as Curran Murphy (who went on to play in Annihilator) and Jag Panzer's Chris Broderick. Nevermore
Nevermore
proceeded to record Dead Heart in a Dead World, which was followed by tours with several bands, most notably with In Flames
In Flames
and Shadows Fall
Shadows Fall
in late 2000 and Savatage
Savatage
in 2001. Enemies of Reality
Enemies of Reality
and This Godless Endeavor
This Godless Endeavor
(2003–07)[edit] The band's fifth album, Enemies of Reality, remained in production for over a year, and was released in 2003. This album faced much criticism for its production and was re-released in 2005, after being remixed by Andy Sneap. On tour, the band was joined by second lead guitarist Steve Smyth, formerly of Vicious Rumors and Testament; Smyth was eventually added to the line-up on a permanent basis. A sixth album, This Godless Endeavor, was released in July 2005. Nevermore
Nevermore
then toured on Dave Mustaine's Gigantour
Gigantour
during the summer of 2005. In 2006, they toured with Disturbed and also as direct support to In Flames
In Flames
on the second leg of its North American tour. 2006 held a bit of bad luck for Nevermore, as bassist Jim Sheppard underwent a procedure for Crohn's disease, which he has suffered from for over 15 years, and guitarist Steve Smyth was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, and had to get a kidney transplant.[6] Warrel Dane had previously developed type 2 diabetes, and the band was forced to cancel their show in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on May 13, 2006, due to an unspecified illness afflicting Dane. Solo work and The Year of the Voyager
The Year of the Voyager
(2006–08)[edit] On September 12, 2006, Nevermore
Nevermore
was supposed to record its first full length DVD live at the Zeche club in Bochum, Germany. This event was to be captured by 7 cameras and the live recording was to be produced by Andy Sneap. However, according to Nevermore's official website, on the day of the show, Warrel Dane
Warrel Dane
fell ill with an infection, eventually resulting in the necessity of seeing a doctor at a hospital in Dortmund, Germany. Doctors insisted that he be kept at the hospital and the show was canceled that evening. Apologetic to their fans, Nevermore
Nevermore
agreed with the local venue to perform the show on October 11, 2006. The double DVD set would also include a Nevermore documentary, all of the band's promo videos and past recordings from their 11-year career. The DVD was released on October 20, 2008, and is entitled The Year of the Voyager. On August 30, 2007, it was announced that Steve Smyth would no longer be a member of the band, citing personal and business reasons for the departure.[7] He stated that he would also be touring with Danish metal band Hatesphere
Hatesphere
as they supported Behemoth and later Dimmu Borgir, and would also be working on the release of The Esseness Project, an all-instrumental progressive rock album. Dane and Loomis entered the studio, each to record a solo album. Dane recorded Praises to the War Machine and Loomis recorded Zero Order Phase, both released in 2008. Later that year, the band released their first ever live concert CD/DVD titled The Year of the Voyager, the only release to feature veteran touring guitarist Chris Broderick, who departed to join Megadeth. The Obsidian Conspiracy
The Obsidian Conspiracy
and future (2010)[edit] In an interview with Komodo Rock published in July, Jeff Loomis
Jeff Loomis
said that "I actually have six or seven songs already for the new Nevermore record. I'm about half way there, and we're going to be going into the studio probably some time in the early fall."[8] Nevermore
Nevermore
were one of the first bands to be confirmed for Wacken Open Air
Wacken Open Air
2009, where they performed alongside many bands including Motörhead, DragonForce, and HammerFall. Nevermore
Nevermore
entered the studio in August with producer and Soilwork
Soilwork
guitarist Peter Wichers to record their long-awaited 7th album The Obsidian Conspiracy. The recording was completed in October 2009 and was released June 8, 2010 in America, and May 31, 2010 in the EU[9][10][11][12] On June 1, 2010, Nevermore
Nevermore
announced a North American Tour in Fall with openers Warbringer, Hatesphere, and Blackguard. Hiatus, possible reunion and death of Warrel Dane
Warrel Dane
(2011–2017)[edit] On April 11, 2011, Nevermore
Nevermore
canceled their scheduled North American tour with Symphony X.[13] Later on April 21, 2011, long time and founding members Jeff Loomis
Jeff Loomis
and Van Williams announced their departure from Nevermore
Nevermore
citing personal and musical differences.[14] In addition, on May 3, 2011, it was announced that Nevermore
Nevermore
had canceled their entire Australian tour.[15] However, in July 2011, Warrel Dane
Warrel Dane
announced that Nevermore
Nevermore
is not dead, and right now his main focus is on Sanctuary.[16] Warrel Dane
Warrel Dane
also mentioned that it'll be hard to keep Nevermore
Nevermore
legacy alive, since Jeff Loomis
Jeff Loomis
will be tough to replace.[17] Both Jeff Loomis[18] and Warrel Dane
Warrel Dane
talked about the possibility of a reunion, the latter citing that the band split amicably.[4] Dane went on to say in a later interview, that while he wanted to do another Nevermore
Nevermore
record, he would not do it without Jeff Loomis.[19] On December 13, 2017, Dane died of a heart attack in São Paulo, Brazil
Brazil
at the age of 56, putting an end to any possibilities of a Nevermore
Nevermore
reunion.[5] Genre[edit] Nevermore
Nevermore
incorporates elements from a variety of metal subgenres, making it difficult to categorize their music. Their sound includes elements of thrash metal and power metal.[1][2] They also have used death metal traits such as low tuned and fast paced riffing. The press have used several other genres to describe Nevermore's sound including groove metal and progressive metal. In an interview on The Hard Report, Warrel Dane
Warrel Dane
casually remarked "...power metal, or whatever Metal this is." However, in an interview at Metalmania in 2006 singer Warrel Dane
Warrel Dane
does not explicitly disagree with the many genres the band has been put in over the years, but he does however say "I don't think we're power metal." Band members[edit]

Final line-up

Warrel Dane
Warrel Dane
– vocals (1992–2011; died 2017) Jeff Loomis
Jeff Loomis
– guitar, backing vocals (1992–2011) Jim Sheppard
Jim Sheppard
– bass guitar (1992–2011) Van Williams – drums (1995–2011)

Former members

Mark Arrington – drums (1992–1995) Pat O'Brien – guitar (1996–1997) Tim Calvert – guitar (1997–2000) Steve Smyth – guitar (2004–2006)

Live members

Curran Murphy – guitar (2000–2001, 2003–2004) Adam Gardner – Percussion
Percussion
(1995–1996) James MacDonough – bass (2006) Chris Broderick
Chris Broderick
– guitar (2001–2003, 2006–2007) Tim Johnston – bass (2007) Attila Vörös – guitar (2010–2011) Dagna Silesia – bass guitars (2011)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit] For a more comprehensive list, see Nevermore
Nevermore
discography.

Studio albums

Nevermore
Nevermore
(1995) The Politics of Ecstasy (1996) Dreaming Neon Black
Dreaming Neon Black
(1999) Dead Heart in a Dead World
Dead Heart in a Dead World
(2000) Enemies of Reality
Enemies of Reality
(2003) This Godless Endeavor
This Godless Endeavor
(2005) The Obsidian Conspiracy
The Obsidian Conspiracy
(2010)

References[edit]

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This Godless Endeavor
– PopMatters". popmatters.com. Retrieved 2011-10-31.  ^ " Jeff Loomis
Jeff Loomis
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Nevermore
website :: This Godless Endeavor". Nevermore.tv. Retrieved 2011-10-31.  ^ "Guitarist STEVE SMYTH Parts Ways With NEVERMORE". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Archived from the original on August 4, 2009. Retrieved October 31, 2011.  ^ "Komodo Rock Talks To Jeff Loomis". Komodorock.com. July 31, 2008. Retrieved 2011-10-31.  ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET – NEVERMORE: New Album Title Revealed". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Archived from the original on August 4, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2010.  ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET – NEVERMORE To Enter Studio In August". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Archived from the original on August 4, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2010.  ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET – NEVERMORE Completes Recording New Album". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Archived from the original on October 25, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2010.  ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET – NEVERMORE To Release 'The Obsidian Conspiracy' In June". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2010.  ^ "NEVERMORE Cancels North American Tour Dates". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Archived from the original on August 21, 2011. Retrieved October 31, 2011.  ^ Fisher, Jason (April 21, 2011). " Jeff Loomis
Jeff Loomis
and Van Williams Leave NEVERMORE". The Gauntlet. Retrieved April 21, 2011.  ^ " Nevermore
Nevermore
cancel Australian tour dates". Bombshellzine.com. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2016.  ^ "Singer Warrel Dane
Warrel Dane
Says Nevermore
Nevermore
'Is Not Dead', Focuses On Sanctuary". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2011-10-31. [permanent dead link] ^ "NEVERMORE Singer: I Found Out Via BLABBERMOUTH.NET That Guitarist And Drummer Quit Band". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Archived from the original on September 30, 2011. Retrieved October 31, 2011.  ^ "JEFF LOOMIS Doesn't Rule Out NEVERMORE Reunion". Roadrunnerrecords.com. September 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-08.  ^ "WARREL DANE Wouldn't Make New NEVERMORE Album Without JEFF LOOMIS". Blabbermouth.net. June 10, 2015. Retrieved June 25, 2016. 

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Mark Arrington Pat O'Brien Tim Calvert Steve Smyth

Studio albums

Nevermore The Politics of Ecstasy Dreaming Neon Black Dead Heart in a Dead World Enemies of Reality This Godless Endeavor The Obsidian Conspiracy

Extended plays

In Memory

Compilations

Manifesto of Nevermore

Video releases

The Year of the Voyager

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