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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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  2.   What Tomorrow Knows
  3.   Ambivalent
  4.   Sentient 6
  5.   The River Dragon Has Come
  6.   Final Product by God Forbid
  7.   Believe in Nothing
  8.   Born
  9.   C.B.F.
  10.   Engines of Hate
  11.   The Heart Collector
  12.   Narcosynthesis
  13.   Beyond Within
  14.   The Sanity Assassin
  15.   The Psalm of Lydia
  16.   My Acid Words
  17.   Never Purify
  18.   The Death of Passion
  19.   Next in Line
  20.   The Seven Tongues of God
  21.   This Godless Endeavor
  22.   This Sacrament
  23.   I Voyager
  24.   Enemies of Reality
  25.   Bittersweet Feast
  26.   The Tiananmen Man
  27.   Seed Awakening
  28.   What Tomorrow Knows/Garden of Grey
  29.   Silent Hedges/Double Dare
  30.   And the Maiden Spoke
  31.   Timothy Leary
  32.   The Day You Built the Wall
  33.   The Blue Marble and the New Soul
  34.   Sell My Heart for Stones
  35.   The Sound of Silence
  36.   No More Will
  37.   Passenger
  38.   Poison Godmachine
  39.   The Termination Proclamation
  40.   Lost
  41.   The System's Failing
  42.   Emptiness Unobstructed
  43.   Garden of Gray
  44.   Crystal Ship
  45.   Your Poison Throne
  46.   The Obsidian Conspiracy
  47.   She Comes In Colors
  48.   Sentient
  49.   All the Cowards Hide
  50.   Utopia
  51.   World Unborn
  52.   The Dreaming Mind
  53.   Medicated Nation
  54.   Who Decides
  55.   Dead Heart in a Dead World
  56.   Inside Four Walls
  57.   Forever
  58.   Cenotaph
  59.   All Play Dead
  60.   The Lotus Eaters
  61.   Dreaming Neon Black
  62.   I Am the Dog
  63.   Ophidian
  64.   Love Bites
  65.   The Learning
  66.   42147
  67.   Precognition
  68.   The Politics of Ecstasy
  69.   The Sorrowed Man
  70.   In Memory
  71.   Matricide
  72.   Sea of Possibilities
  73.   The Hurting Words
  74.   Godmoney
  75.   Deconstruction
  76.   Optimist or Pessimist
  77.   The Fault of Flesh
  78.   Without Morals
  79.   The Holocaust of Thought
  80.   A Future Uncertain
  81.   We Disintegrate
  82.   Chances Three
  83.   Evolution 169
  84.   Insignificant
  85.   Moonrise (Through Mirrors of Death)
  86.   Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday
  87.   Create the Infinite
  88.   Noumenon