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Nevermore straddles the line between power metal, traditional heavy metal, and the contemporary hard rock scene, eschewing the silly theatrics of the "power scene" in favor of a darker tone, while reaping the rewards of melody and the high-flying vocal range of singer Warrel Dane. The roots of the Seattle-based band can be traced back to Sanctuary, with whom Nevermore's Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard recorded two albums. Sanctuary was one of a small handful of late-'80s thrash metal bands to sign with a major label; they even enlisted Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine to produce their debut album. Label-imposed limbo caused the band to grind to a halt, with one member also exiting to pursue more "grunge"-oriented music. Three members of the final lineup of Sanctuary reemerged as Nevermore, inking a worldwide deal with Century Media Records and releasing a punishing eponymous debut album in 1995. The following year saw the band issue a well-received EP, In Memory, that boasted cover tunes as well as Sanctuary material, which pleased many fans. The Politics of Ecstasy, their second proper album, was a dense, technical masterpiece that displayed the talents of guitarists Pat O'Brian and Jeff Loomis, and drummer Van Williams in particular. But it was with their next opus, the dark and conceptually driven Dreaming Neon Black, that Nevermore really caught the attention of heavy music fans and earned the respect of the heavy metal press. Voted Album of the Year by many publications, 1999's Dreaming Neon Black was a tour de force that highlighted Dane's soaring vocal range. It also included newcomer (and former guitarist for Forbidden) Tim Calvert, who replaced O'Brian when he split to join Cannibal Corpse. After successful tours with Iced Earth and Mercyful Fate, the band knew that they had a tough job ahead of them following up the well-received album. Now a four-piece after the exit of Calvert, Nevermore entered a Texas studio with producer Andy Sneap and crafted a new album that adeptly blended contemporary heavy sounds with traditional heavy metal. Dead Heart in a Dead World was released in 2000, and was supported on the road with a full U.S. tour with Swedish metal band In Flames and labelmates Shadows Fall. ~ Ryan J. Downey
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  1.   Song
  2.   What Tomorrow Knows
  3.   Narcosynthesis
  4.   Believe in Nothing
  5.   The River Dragon Has Come
  6.   C.B.F.
  7.   The Psalm of Lydia
  8.   Beyond Within
  9.   The Seven Tongues of God
  10.   The Heart Collector
  11.   This Sacrament
  12.   This Godless Endeavor
  13.   The Sanity Assassin
  14.   Sentient 6
  15.   My Acid Words
  16.   Born
  17.   Ambivalent
  18.   Engines of Hate
  19.   The Death of Passion
  20.   Next in Line
  21.   Final Product by God Forbid
  22.   Never Purify
  23.   Enemies of Reality
  24.   I Voyager
  25.   The Sound of Silence
  26.   Inside Four Walls
  27.   The Blue Marble and the New Soul
  28.   Garden of Gray
  29.   Crystal Ship
  30.   Your Poison Throne
  31.   The Termination Proclamation
  32.   Moonrise (Through Mirrors of Death)
  33.   And the Maiden Spoke
  34.   Chances Three
  35.   A Future Uncertain
  36.   Medicated Nation
  37.   Bittersweet Feast
  38.   Insignificant
  39.   Evolution 169
  40.   Forever
  41.   Poison Godmachine
  42.   I Am the Dog
  43.   42147
  44.   Lost
  45.   In Memory
  46.   Matricide
  47.   Sea of Possibilities
  48.   The Hurting Words
  49.   The Politics of Ecstasy
  50.   She Comes In Colors
  51.   Timothy Leary
  52.   The Obsidian Conspiracy
  53.   The Day You Built the Wall
  54.   What Tomorrow Knows/Garden of Grey
  55.   All the Cowards Hide
  56.   Utopia
  57.   World Unborn
  58.   The Dreaming Mind
  59.   Seed Awakening
  60.   Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday
  61.   The System's Failing
  62.   Dead Heart in a Dead World
  63.   We Disintegrate
  64.   All Play Dead
  65.   The Lotus Eaters
  66.   Dreaming Neon Black
  67.   Love Bites
  68.   The Learning
  69.   The Tiananmen Man
  70.   Passenger
  71.   Silent Hedges/Double Dare
  72.   Create the Infinite
  73.   Emptiness Unobstructed
  74.   The Fault of Flesh
  75.   Godmoney
  76.   The Holocaust of Thought
  77.   Sell My Heart for Stones
  78.   Cenotaph
  79.   Optimist or Pessimist
  80.   Noumenon
  81.   The Sorrowed Man
  82.   Precognition
  83.   Who Decides
  84.   Ophidian
  85.   Sentient
  86.   Deconstruction
  87.   Without Morals
  88.   No More Will