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The Obsidian Conspiracy review

Nevermore  - The Obsidian Conspiracy (Album)

A Manic Depressive Journey



In its near-twenty-year existence, Nevermore has raised its status to the level of similar thinking melodic/shredding guitar acts such as In Flames, Children of Bodom and Arch Enemy. The Seattle ensemble’s combination of old school metal flare and modern metal swagger, especially Warrel Dane’s eerie lamentable voice, ensures the group never becomes victims of a mistaken identity. Dane, Loomis and cast have used the last five years to further expand their musical imprint, resulting in the latest dubbed The Obsidian Conspiracy opus.

Picking up where they left off on This Godless Endeavor, Nevermore brings us another manic depressive journey through heartfelt melody, teeth-gnashing aggression and technical wizardry. While all Nevermore albums share this characteristic, The Obsidian Conspiracy possibly finds the greatest balance of the band’s career. Utilizing his signature seven-string Schecter guitar, shredder extraordinaire Jeff Loomis intersperses guitar trickery with lush harmony and dirty, modern metal-style groove. This variation instills the album with highly energetic dynamics.

On “The Termination Proclamation,” Loomis begins the album on a mathematical note, traveling his guitar neck like a group of confused millipedes. Soon, he busts out a hard rhythm in the tradition of their classic album, The Politics of Ecstasy. Flesh-clenching chorus lines and emotive melody provide a bridge for the song’s epic chorus line. Of course, Dane’s creepy mid-tones during these moments make this another gripping track. “Moonrise” follows a similar course of rhythm to that of “Behind Four Walls” from the Dead Heart in a Dead World.

“Emptiness Unobstructed” and “The Blue Marble and the New Soul” show the group adhering to a strictly melodic formula, crafting sorrow-filled ballads of a dark nature that again bring to mind their Dead Heart days. Dane’s sinister narrations illustrate “The Day You Built The Wall,” another track heavy on dynamics (check out the knee-and-elbow-smashing transition). The group saves its heaviest for last on the title track. Here, they leave the listener with face-ripping solos, hard-driven drum beats and modern thrash riffs that will leave Mark Morton and Willie Adler of Lamb of God fame scratching their head.

Not at the level of psyche-destroying efforts Dreaming in Neon Black or Dead Heart in a Dead World, nor containing the speed and bulky guitar work of Politics of Ecstasy, The Obsidian Conspiracy nonetheless is a solid album, through and through. Even though the group has continued to expand its musical repertoire, clearly Nevermore has remained genuinely Nevermore. The Obsidian Conspiracy is just that, another strong Nevermore album!



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Release : June 8, 2010
Genre : Thrash Metal
Record : Century Media Records
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1. The Termination ProclamationThe Termination Proclamation lyrics
2. Your Poison Thronelisten firstYour Poison Throne lyrics
3. Moonrise (Through Mirrors Of Death)Moonrise (Through Mirrors Of Death) lyrics
4. And The Maiden Spokeepic !epic !And The Maiden Spoke lyrics
5. Emptiness UnobstructedEmptiness Unobstructed lyrics
6. The Blue Marble and the New Soullisten firstThe Blue Marble and the New Soul lyrics
7. Without MoralsWithout Morals lyrics
8. The Day You Built The WallThe Day You Built The Wall lyrics
9. She Comes in Colorslisten firstShe Comes in Colors lyrics
10. The Obsidian ConspiracyThe Obsidian Conspiracy lyrics
11. Temptation (The Tea Party cover)Temptation (The Tea Party cover) lyrics
12. Crystal Ship (The Doors cover)Crystal Ship (The Doors cover) lyrics
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