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. Having formed in 1994 and 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 surfaced in 1995 and landed them a U.S. tour with Death and a European tour with Blind Guardian. 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. 1999's conceptual masterpiece Dreaming Neon Black was a morosely dark and articulately beautiful exploration of the peaks and valleys of human emotion. Forced to return to their original four-member configuration following the departure of second guitarist Tim Calvert, the band's resilience and bold resolve to top themselves kicked in as they headed to the desert with new producer Andy Sneap 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. 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 in the USA and Annihilator & Soilwork, Dimmu Borgir, In Flames & Lacuna Coil in Europe. 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. Another perfect execution forged in the innovative heart of their own dismal abyss, Enemies Of Reality is NEVERMORE as they should be: dark, aggressive, and endlessly enigmatic.
Warrel Dane - Vocals
Jim Sheppard - Bass
Jeff Loomis - Guitar