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