One of the biggest hopes in metal, namely Nevermore
, are finally back with their seventh studio album, titled “The Obsidian Conspiracy
”. After the euphoria caused 5 years ago by the success of “This Godless
Endeavor” it was quite logical for the band to take a long artistic break and re-charge with enough inspiration in order to come up with a successor worthy at least enough to match its predecessor. This break passed under the mark of several important occasions: both Jeff Loomis
and Warrel Dane
came up with their solo works, the amazing DVD “The Year of the Voyager
” got finally released, and the guys from Nevermore
were once again deprived of the services of their second guitarist (which in “This Godless
Endeavor” was Steve Smyth).
So, the time for a new musical masterpiece finally came and all expectations got raised to the sky as if by command. Even from the beginning sound of deep, thick opening riffs of the short “The Termination Proclamation
” it’s pretty clear that Nevermore
’s class and professional approach is something almost impossible to be achieved by 9 of 10 bands in the genre. The hit-like spirited track, suitable enough to give a starting point of the album, suddenly transforms into the solemn mood of “Your Poison
Throne”. Here, just like in the follower “Moonrise (Through
Mirrors Of Death
)”, the composition is developed to a frightening scale level with a lot of diversity in both expression and emotion. Nevermore
, just like some other titans in the face of Queensryche seem to have perfected the ability to concentrate everything they have to say in the ranks of 4-5 minutes, which in the end results into a memorizable song instead of pretentious technical mix. In these two songs, the difference between “The Obsidian Conspiracy
” and the band’s two previous albums becomes clear – the guitar solos of Loomis are way more structured, firm, harmonized and yet melodic. “And
The Maiden Spoke” impress with the well-known magnificent vocal accuracy of Warrel (along with dazzling lyrics), while “Emptiness
Unobstructer” is without a doubt the song with the most hymn-spirited chorus in the whole record. The depression in “The Blue Marble And
The New Soul” gets universal dimensions – the entire progress of the song is composed in an absolutely masterful way and the culmination is strikingly great. While in “This Godless
Endeavor” all solos were played with more ostentation, everything here is subordinate to the song idea and the overall mood of the concrete track. “Without Morals” steps in with yet another memorizable chorus and without a doubt the best solo in the album; “The Day You Built The Wall” is the most forgettable song in the album – created by stereotype pattern through which musicians with Nevermore
’s talent can easily compose a great amount of similar tracks with an ease. This doesn’t in any way mean it's weak though – together with the opener it’s just different from the other compositions and doesn’t strike with originality and variations in both guitar and vocal melodical structures. These songs are the only ones which don’t carry the potential energetic charge of the others in order to impress with new sensations during every next listening.
The album ends with the splendid “She Comes In Colors” with its hellish tempo twists and turns, and the homonymous song that represents the utmost class of Nevermore
speaking of rhythm section; “The Obsidian Conspiracy
” is the fastest, almost thrashy song with riffs that can smash your bones like a steam-roller and with masterly virtuoso played solos, filling the longest part of those 5 minutes of metal perfection.
It’s too early to say if the band made their best album up to date. But I can say with absolute certainty is that “The Obsidian Conspiracy
” is a record worthy enough to be released with the logo Nevermore
on its cover. Which means a lot when you’ve raised the standard level so high in order for it to be surpassed only by yourself and no one else. In a world full of “copy/paste” albums with less and less creative individualities, Nevermore
continue to be a sip of fresh air, offering another collection of music which can be called “art” and which won’t get boring after the third spin.