This Godless Endeavor

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Band Name Nevermore (USA-1)
Album Name This Godless Endeavor
Type Album
Released date 25 July 2005
Labels Century Media
Produced by Sneap Andy
Music StylePower Metal
Members owning this album308

Tracklist

1.
 Born
 05:05
2.
 The Final Product
 04:21
3.
 Acid Words
 05:41
4.
 Bittersweet Feast
 05:01
5.
 Sentient 6
 06:58
6.
 Medicated Nation
 04:01
7.
 The Holocaust of Thought
 01:27
8.
 Sell My Heart for Stones
 05:18
9.
 Psalm of Lydia
 04:16
10.
 A Future Uncertain
 06:07
11.
 This Godless Endeavor
 08:55

Total playing time: 57:10

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Review @ Scandals

07 May 2009
I recently rebooted my PC, and had to re-add all 26789 tracks back into my iTunes. This reset my play count, which was admittedly slightly upsetting considering I was finally over halfway through all the tracks since my previous boot. But it presented me with an opportunity to listen through a number of albums I love and haven’t listened to in a while. I occasionally have a tendency to leave my favourites behind in order to explore every new band, genre or album I can find.

I’m so glad I made this decision, because I have rediscovered one of the most important albums in my life, Nevermore’s ‘This Godless Endeavor’. Released in 2005, it cemented Nevermore’s reputation as one of the most important and consistent progressive metal bands. ‘This Godless Endeavor’ combined all the best elements of Nevermore’s sounds; the progressive, dense riff patterns and tearing solos of guitarist Jeff Loomis, and the intelligent lyrics of vocalist Warrel Dane. Dane’s lyrical topics are much more than just your typical metal lyric, exploring philosophical and theological issues, even venturing into the sad thoughts of a robot on the ballady ‘Sentient 6′. He points his finger of rage at the media in ‘Final Product’ ( “the media loves its latest tragic suicide, they exploit it, then package it, and profit from the people who died!”) and the nation of medicators he feels America has became on ‘Medicated Nation’ (”a medicated nation of blind neurotics”). It is work like this that sets Dane apart as one of the most essential lyricists of our time.

This album contains some of the heaviest riffing in progressive metal. The roaring start to ‘Born’, the more measured attack of video track ‘Final Product’ and the thunder of the title track when it finally ignites are perfect examples of Loomis’ dense riffing. In fact, the title track is probably the best thing the band have ever written, an 8 minute masterpiece discussing the debates about God and theology. It opens with pastoral guitar mingling with Dane’s vocal lines before exploding into a death/thrash riff that is just awesome. Here Loomis shows his best shredding abilities; linking together excellent sweeping riffs and a tearing solo.

I’m admittedly biased about this album, I have listened to this constantly since it was released, and have rarely ever found a track I don’t enjoy listening to. For me, it is the thought provoking lyrical content and heavy riffing that put Nevermore up above their peers. They explore obscure and philosophical topics without feeling at all pretentious or uneducated, and most of Loomis’ riffing doesn’t drop below awesome. His soloing is also incredibly fluid, winding their way round tracks and slipping in and out of the other riffs. Simply an essential album for anyone who likes metal, full stop.

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Review @ Julien

21 September 2005
Among the huge number of releases during the summer time, here comes the new Nevermore album!!! In order to make things always bigger the band asked Steve Smyth (ex Testament's guitarist) to come and help them for this new release. And I can say that «father» Loomis really enjoys it and has so much fun on it, but I must admit that the songs are just made for that, they really blast!

This Nevermore's album is just execptionnal in more than one way, not satisfied to make an album which kicks ass, they have managed to make it more melodic, yet more technical than the older ones. What a pure wonder. This effect is a result of the composition which has been made in collaboration with all the band's members, even the newest one Steve Smyth has been a part of the song writing.
Warrel Dane prooves one more time, he is one of the best metal singers on earth.
His vocal register's extension is still so surprising, he easily comes from a heavy style to a clearer even calmer one, no, really nothing wrong to say. Anyway there is nothing wrong to say at all !!!
We do feel that the band has worked on each one of the songs as if it would have been the last one...
No song could be thrown away, they all have a particular touch which makes them unique and essential. The alternation of some «chorus» tracks, really evilish songs and even ballads (very atypical). Talking about chorus, the «Bittersweet Feast»'s one is really monstrous and blasts your head off with huge riffs hits. Guitars solos are, as you can imagine, perfectly executed !!!!!!
Special mention to «Born»'s one which has really impressed me.
The ranges they have used are for once super original and give a result very appreciable.
As I call it, the «syndical» balad is also really excellent : «Sentient 6» is the kind of song in which, even if you don't like slower tracks, you can find something pretty good because of the alternation of slow moments and harder moments.

So there is only one thing left to do : WAITING FOR THE 26TH JULY WITH PATIENCE !!!!!!!!

I know some of you guys will have a wonderful summer with this killing album, you got to own it absolutely !!!!!

Friday, july the 1st 2005

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Depraver - 14 March 2008: I totally agree!! the best album of it´s year, among "the wretched spawn"
Depraver - 14 March 2008: Awesome album, great live band as well!!
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Comment @ Julien

21 September 2005
Among the huge number of releases during the summer time, here comes the new Nevermore album!!! In order to make things always bigger the band asked Steve Smyth (ex Testament's guitarist) to come and help them for this new release. And I can say that «father» Loomis really enjoys it and has so much fun on it, but I must admit that the songs are just made for that, they really blast!

This Nevermore's album is just execptionnal in more than one way, not satisfied to make an album which kicks ass, they have managed to make it more melodic, yet more technical than the older ones. What a pure wonder. This effect is a result of the composition which has been made in collaboration with all the band's members, even the newest one Steve Smyth has been a part of the song writing.
Warrel Dane prooves one more time, he is one of the best metal singers on earth.
His vocal register's extension is still so surprising, he easily comes from a heavy style to a clearer even calmer one, no, really nothing wrong to say. Anyway there is nothing wrong to say at all !!!
We do feel that the band has worked on each one of the songs as if it would have been the last one...
No song could be thrown away, they all have a particular touch which makes them unique and essential. The alternation of some «chorus» tracks, really evilish songs and even ballads (very atypical). Talking about chorus, the «Bittersweet Feast»'s one is really monstrous and blasts your head off with huge riffs hits. Guitars solos are, as you can imagine, perfectly executed !!!!!!
Special mention to «Born»'s one which has really impressed me.
The ranges they have used are for once super original and give a result very appreciable.
As I call it, the «syndical» balad is also really excellent : «Sentient 6» is the kind of song in which, even if you don't like slower tracks, you can find something pretty good because of the alternation of slow moments and harder moments.

So there is only one thing left to do : WAITING FOR THE 26TH JULY WITH PATIENCE !!!!!!!!

I know some of you guys will have a wonderful summer with this killing album, you got to own it absolutely !!!!!

Friday, july the 1st 2005

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