||Is there anything this band can’t do?
in 2005 with eleven tracks that last nearly an hour on their new album
“This Godless Endeavor.” Familiar sounds from their past
are back once again with their famous eerie melodies and crushingly
heavy guitars…and this time, I’m talking a full-blown
wrecking-ball. Crank this one up and watch your walls crack and paint
chip off your ceiling as you fall through the floor in amazement.
Whether you like clean singing vocals or something more abrasive,
the passionate singing of Warrel Dane is enough to give you chills.
Joining Jeff Loomis on guitar this time is Steve Smyth (ex-Testament
/Dragonlord), whom is making his Nevermore debut. James Murphy (ex-Testament/Death/Cancer)
makes a guest appearance and showcases his guitar talents with a ripping
solo on the instrumental “The Holocaust Of Thought.” Another
well-known individual, Andy Sneap, produces them again. For those
that enjoy the lighter side of the band, “Sentient 6”
is a traditional ballad that Nevermore would do. The classic “Dead
Heart, In A Dead World” might be the only thing that could surpass
this disc, but just barely. I would have given this disc an even better
rating, but it took me two listens to realize just how good this disc
is…it must have knocked me unconscious the first time. Can you
say album of the year? I hope so!