This Godless Endeavor
7/27/2005 - Review by: Troy Cole
NEVERMORE - THIS GODLESS ENDEAVOR - 2005 - CENTURY MEDIA
'This Godless Endeavor' encompasses everything that has made NEVERMORE what they are. The trademark melancholic atmospheres and dark melodies are saturated throughout. Every song contains the massive and memorable riffs that Jeff Loomis has always been more than capable of but now with the help of shredder Steve Smyth. Warrel Dane displays his abrasive and awe-inspiring vocals at their absolute best on every track. Not forgetting that the dynamic and pummeling duo of Van Williams and Jim Sheppard holds everything together nice and tight. Production duties were handed back to Andy Sneap making everything clean, clear, and crisp as NEVERMORE fans have grow to expect from their technical heroes of metal.
Songs such as 'Born', 'Final Product', and 'My Acid Words' reflect the technical side fans would remember from 'Politics Of Ecstasy'. The driving and ballad-esque tracks of 'Sentient 6' and 'Sell My Heart For Stones' bring forth the dark and dreary of 'Dreaming Neon Black' and the 'In Memory' EP. 'Medicated Nation' berates you while Warrel spews forth his lyrics in a serpentine manner. 'The Psalm Of Lydia' features some of the most mind blowing riffing I've heard to date. Closing out the album is the 9 minute masterpiece 'This Godless Endeavor'. To me this is the centerpiece of the album , but this holds true with all the title tracks from previous albums. This track exudes every element from everything the band has ever done. Epic would be a gross understatement.
Most bands have that career defining album everyone remembers, NEVERMORE now has 9. Album after album NEVERMORE still astonishes and exceeds expectations. Definitely a contender for album of the year.
7/26/2005 - Review by: Axeman
NEVERMORE- THIS GODLESS ENDEAVOR 2005 Century Media
Easily switching gears from speedy, almost death metal blasting to beautiful, sweeping choruses, my initial reaction was pure awe. This feeling would be a recurring one. Choosing producer Andy Sneap once again was a no-brainer. The guy resuscitated the victim called Enemies Of Reality back to life after putting his stamp on the now legendary Dead Heart In A Dead World album. Yes, this is exactly how Nevermore's music should be heard. Clear, heavy and percise.
Weaving in and out of the complex maze of mayhem Guitarists Jeff Loomis and new member Steve Smyth have created is nothing short of an incredible journey this band seemlessly carries you on. I'm glad I don't play guitar. I'd have to put it back in the case and bury it in a hole somewhere after the sheer guitar wizardry displayed all over this masterpiece. Bringing in Smyth as a permanent member was a smart move as his playing style seems tailor-made for the unique Nevermore sound...so much so that I can't tell who's playing what solo throughout the entire disc.
The voice of Warrel Dane sounds revitalized after his much publicized health problems. The topics Dane touches on are always thought provoking and intellectual. A truly passionate performance that goes in the books as his most energetic and emotional singing since "In Memory". (Yes, some of the best material this band has ever done is contained on that seemingly forgotten ep!)
Without the incredible drumming of Van Williams and Jim Sheppard's intricate bass work this whole thing would fall apart. Proving the statement that a band is only as good as it's weakest link. these guys are obviously a special unit together, admitting that the material on this new album was written more as a group effort than in the past. It really helped round the album out as they left virtually no stone unturned. From all out shredding to heavy, introspective doom-laden power thrashing...you get to hear why Nevermore is the best in the business. There's debate out there already if this is Nevermore's best album yet and I simply can't see what these people are arguing about. THIS GODLESS ENDEAVOR is easily Nevermore's crowing moment. Artistic fucking brilliance.
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