Sunday, 22 January 2012

CD Review: Dreaming Neon Black, by Nevermore (1999)

Nevermore's third album is pessimistic, drawn-out and downbeat. Dreaming Neon Black is something of a concept album inspired by vocalist Warrel Dane losing his girlfriend under difficult circumstances. He drags the band and the music through a melancholy emotional journey that bogs down in the sands of sorrow.

Only a couple of the selections deserve a mention. Beyond Within at least flexes some muscles with a heavyweight intro riff that lifts the spirits before the rest of tracks settles for undelivered promise. Title track Dreaming Neon Black is by far the best thing on the CD, exquisitely alternating soft and sad acoustic ballad elements with trudging, massive metal machinery.

The rest of the album desperately seeks inspiration but draws short, Nevermore frantically reassembling all their familiar notes into darker and gloomier structures to no avail. Tracks like The Death Of Passion, Poison Godmachine and All Play Dead shuffle ahead half-heartedly in a dreary monotone that stuffs any positive energy into a black box of despair.

In reaffirming the concept of misery loving company, Dreaming Neon Black may resonate immediately after an agonizing relationship breakup, but otherwise, it's just depressingly devoid of spirit.


Warrel Dane - Vocals
Jim Sheppard - Bass
Jeff Loomis - Guitars
Tim Calvert - Guitars
Van Williams - Drums

Songlist (ratings out of 10):

1. Ophidian - n/a (short instrumental)
2. Beyond Within - 8
3. The Death Of Passion - 6
4. I Am The Dog - 7
5. Dreaming Neon Black - 9
6. Deconstruction - 7
7. The Fault Of The Flesh - 7
8. The Lotus Eaters - 7
9. Poison Godmachine - 6
10. All Play Dead - 6
11. Cenotaph - 7
12. No More Will - 7
13. Forever - 7

Average: 7.00

Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Neil Kernon.
Mastered by Raymon Breton and Neil Kernon.

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