Nevermore are a ProgressiveMetal band (with influences from every Metal sub-genre this side of Norway thrown into the mix) formed from the ashes of Power-Metallers Sanctuary in Seattle, 1991. They are noted for the blazing, technical lead guitar playing of Music/JeffLoomis, as well as frontman Warrel Dane's distinctively atonal and cynical singing style. Difficult to pigeonhole, the band tends towards the darker, more instrumentally complex sides of progressive music - though chaotic and heavy enough to compete with the most aggressive of thrash bands, they retain many more progressive aspects such as acoustic segments, classically influenced guitar arrangements and Dane's vocal delivery.

Vocalist Warrel Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard founded the band. They were veterans of Sanctuary, more or less a power metal group with thrash influences. Guitarist Jeff Loomis had recently quit a death metal band because he was sick of the [[HarshVocals vocal approach]], and was accompanied by Guitarist Pat O'Brien, who would later quit to join Music/CannibalCorpse (his favorite band).

The band debuted in 1991. They then became more progressive with sophomore effort ''The Politics of Ecstasy'', but otherwise, things remained the same.

''Dreaming Neon Black'' took the progressive instrumentation of [=''TPoE''=] and toned it down a bit, but the lyrics became far more ambitious. The album is a ConceptAlbum, with lyrics about Dane's girlfriend, who got involved and a religious cult and is now missing.

However, the band's signature sound didn't settle until the release of ''Dead Heart in a Dead World'' in 2001, when Loomis busted out the detuned 7-string guitars and increased the pervasiveness of the Black and Death influences in their sound. However, the album was not without it's [[SubduedSection softer moments]], and whilst these moments are generally agreed to fit on the record (and ballad "Believe In Nothing" is even a fan favorite), 2003's ''Enemies of Reality'', the follow-up, is usually considered their heaviest album overall.

Then, the band went for contrast. The result is 2005's ''This Godless Endeavor'', which has soft moments again (The first halves of "Sentient 6", "A Future Uncertain", and the TitleTrack), but the heavy parts of the album (everything else) got [[UpToEleven even heavier]]. This album made many Metal Magazines "Top X Albums of the Year" and "Top X Albums of the Decade" lists.

Then they toured for it. And toured for it. [[CapcomSequelStagnation And toured for it]].

The intense workout they got from having to play all those songs night after night lead to their most recent effort, ''The Obsidian Conspiracy'', which, whilst still plenty [[SlidingScaleofIdealismVsCynicism Cynical]] and [[MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness Heavy]], is becoming regarded as something of a BreatherEpisode.

It would've been interesting to see where the band went next: Softer? Heavier? More progressive? [[SerialEscalation Even lower guitar tunings?]] But then Loomis and drummer Van Williams quit, to the fans' dismay.

Singer Warrel Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard are the only current members of Nevermore, and both are concentrating on the reunion of Sanctuary. Loomis is even busier, juggling a solo career, the progressive metal supergroup Conquering Dystopia, and as of recent, Music/ArchEnemy, while Williams has largely retired from music outside of Ashes of Ares, which tours irregularly. Dane has hinted that a Nevermore reunion is very likely, but it will probably be without Loomis and almost definitely without Williams; Attila Voros, however, will likely be one of the new inductees.


* ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Nevermore]] (1995)''
* ''The Politics of Ecstasy'' (1996)
* ''Dreaming Neon Black'' (1999)
* ''[[NewSoundAlbum Dead Heart in a Dead World]]'' (2000)
* ''Enemies of Reality'' (2003)
* ''This Godless Endeavor'' (2005)
* ''The Obsidian Conspiracy'' (2010)

!Tropes associated with Nevermore:
* AlbumTitleDrop: All of their albums, however, the words "Neon Black" were dropped into the lyrics of their cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence".
* TheAlcoholic: Dane and Sheppard became infamous for excessive drinking and it's been all but confirmed as one of the bigger reasons why Loomis and Williams left.
* BalladOfX: "Timothy Leary" from self-titled.
* TheBandMinusTheFace: If they do continue, Nevermore will not be the same without Van's drumming, or, more importantly, Jeff Loomis' guitar playing. Thus, this trope arguably comes into play.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Dreaming Neon Black'' is this: it's about the supposedly true tale of Dane's ex-girlfriend, who got caught up in a [[ReligionOfEvil Relgious Cult]] and was never heard from again.
* CoverVersion: "The Sound of Silence" subverts this- the lyrics are the same, but the music is all original. (See InTheStyleOf below)
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: This happens to everything from ''Dreaming Neon Black'' backwards if someone listens to anything from [[NewSoundAlbum ''Dead Heart in a Dead World'']] onward first. The first three albums are best described as Progressive-Post-Thrash. Everything after is that, but cranked UpToEleven. This can also apply to a few tracks on ''Nevermore'', which just sound like really heavy Grunge.
* EpicRocking: They have a few long songs - ''The Politics of Ecstasy'' and ''This Godless Endeavor'' both have notably extensive title tracks.
* GenreBusting: A weird case in that while their sound isn't exactly oblique, they still don't really fit into any one genre. Thrash metal, progressive metal, power metal, djent, and death metal all blur together into something that is fairly accessible, but still very, very difficult to pigeonhole. Most people refer to them as progressive metal and leave it at that.
* HarshVocals: Considering the Extreme metal influences on everything in the post-''Dead World''-era, this is surprisingly averted. Played straight on "Born" from ''This Godless Endeavor''.
* IconicItem: Loomis' signature red Schecter C7 FR (he also owns and occasionally uses a C7 Hellraiser and a C7 Blackjack, but the signature model is what he usually uses for live appearances as of now).
* InTheStyleOf: [[OverlyLongGag "The Sound]] [[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel of Silence"]] [[SelfDemonstratingArticle In the Style of Nevermore!]] [[FlatWhat What]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Sheppard and Dane both apparently had their moments of this, thanks to a combination of excessive drinking and highly unpleasant personality shifts while drunk.
* LargeHam: [[ Warrel.]]
* MetalScream: Dane's been known to pull off a few of the high wails, though they were more common in his Sanctuary days. Recent Nevermore material occasionally showcases more harsh, aggressive vocalization bordering on the kind displayed in extreme metal.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Generally around a 7 or 8, with some material as low as 2 and some sections (particularly on the more recent material) pushing towards 9/10 with brutal 7-string riffs and snarled vocals.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Dead Heart in a Dead World''. The next album, ''Enemies of Reality'', goes UpToEleven. ''This Godless Endeavor'' [[SerialEscalation does the exact same thing]] to ''Enemies of Reality''.
* PowerMetal: They have been associated with the genre, but it's debatable if they are, and if they are at all, they are far more popular among fans of extreme metal than most power metal bands as well as far heavier.
* ProtestSong: [[BuffySpeak A lot of their stuff.]]
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Warrel's lyrics are almost {{anvilicious}}ly cynical, [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped which fits the band's generally dark tone.]]
* SelfBackingVocalist: Who ELSE can back Warrel Dane? They use samples live for him to harmonize to.
* SelfTitledAlbum: Their debut album.
* TakeThat: Their {{Protest Song}}s are usually [[FramingDevice framed]] as this towards government, religion, and the advance of technology.
* TalkToTheFist: Dane was on the receiving end of this from Billy Milano (Stormtroopers of Death, M.O.D.). The actual reason is still up in the air; some accounts allege that Dane was drunk, depressed, and generally having a bad night and that Milano told him to [[{{Jerkass}} stop whining before punching him]], while others allege that Dane was [[CantHoldHisLiquor piss drunk and acting like an asshole]], and that Milano had been the target of significant amounts of verbal abuse and finally decided to do something about it. Some facts are consistent, however: Dane was drunk, Milano punched him, the police were called, and Milano was hauled off.
* UncommonTime: Inevitable for a prog metal act. While not as extreme as some, they've pulled off some tricky examples, such as the main riff to "Psalm of Lydia".
* WhamEpisode: Jeff and Van quitting.
* WordSaladTitle: "Dreaming Neon Black" amongst many, many others.
* WordSaladLyrics: Warrel Dane's attempts to put together cryptic but meaningful lyrics fails sometimes.