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