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This Godless Endeavor may just be the most complete and musically accomplished Nevermore album to date. This is an Enhanced CD, which contains the video for the song 'Final Product'. Century Media. 2005.

Review

"A faithful adherent to the church of grandiose epic metal." -- L.A. Weekly

1. Born
2. Final Product
3. My Acid Words
4. Bittersweet Feast
5. Sentient 6
6. Medicated Nation
7. The Holocaust of Thought
8. Sell My Heart for Stones
9. The Psalm of Lydia
10. A Future Uncertain
11. This Godless Endeavor

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 26, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B0009YNSG0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In the heavy metal community many writers toss around the monikers “legend” and “genre defying” to describe many bands, but these terms have never been more accurate if they are referring to NEVERMORE, who have perfectly carved out their own unique niche over the past 15 years of dominance. This group’s sound encompasses every element of the metal spectrum and is ... Read more in Amazon's Nevermore Store

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Very good song.
Pete
Before buying this album I was lucky enough to have been able to listen to it 4 weeks before its release date.
Metalchris
The Godless Endeavor is Nevermore's best album to date, and the best metal album I've heard all year.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Mike on July 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Let me start out by disproving some of the rumors that I have heard about this album.

1. Nevermore is not much more than nu-metal or alterna-metal.

-This is the dumbest one I've heard, made by someone who doesn't know what they are talking about. No whining, excellent musicianship, and real seven-string guitar as opposed to down-tuned six strings prove that Nevermore is much more than any alterna-crap.

2. Nevermore are stuck in their own niche.

-Maybe this is somewhat true since they have a very unique sound, but they don't repeat themselves and there are no rehashed riffs or solos. This album is the next in line from a long group of albums that progressed each time, never content to make a "DNB 2" or "DHIADW 2."

3. Steve Smyth will never be able to fill Pat O'Brien's shoes.

-This is actually what I thought when I first heard he had joined the band. To a certain extent, I was right. Smyth doesn't try to fill O'Brien's shoes, instead adding his own touch to the bands sound. He co-writes several of the songs contributes a number of fantastic solos as well. Also he is quite talented as well, as evidenced by the solo in "Bittersweet Feast."

I've also heard several complaints about them not being able to top a certain album, whether it be "Politics" or "Dead Heart." Yet, like I said before, they do not try to remake one of those great albums. In fact, in my opinion this is their best album. There is more variety than "Dead Heart" and more consistency than "Politics," yet better melodies than "Dreaming," with all of the songs sounding fresh, without completely changing their sound that made them so good in the first place. Standout numbers include "Born," which features a near-death metal sound, without coming off as noise.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
You've got to hand it to Nevermore, they keep managing to pump out consistent, hard albums with intricate structures and an overall epic feel. "This Godless Endeavor" is no different, even with the inclusion of former Testament guitarist Steve Smyth who manages to put his own signature on many of the tracks featured here. Opening track "Born" is brilliant, as is the lead single "Final Product", as well as "Medicated Nation", "The Holocaust of Thought", and the brilliant "Psalm of Lydia" which finds singer Warrel Dane soaring high with his unique vocals. The closing title track ends the album on a more solemn note, but the album's powerful tone never gets lost throughout it's whole running time. Don't pay any attention to the negative reviews (especially to the below "Cincinatti Bengals #1 Fan", who blasts Nevermore in favor of the "real men" in Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Atreyu, heh heh), "This Godless Endeavor" is a strikingly powerful and mature metal album that is one of the best releases of 2005, and it's a great starting point for new fans to the band.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pete on September 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Good lord, I love this album. This album has it all: soaring vocals, brilliant guitar solos, crunchy guitar riffs, chunky bass-lines, great double bass drums, thoughtful lyrics, seriously what more do you need? Warrell Dane's voice is still as good as ever, which basically means he's just as good as always. Jeff Loomis' solos are AMAZING as ever, along with good solos (not as good as Jeff's, IMHO) and rhythm work from new comer Steve Smyth. Jim Sheppard's bass-lines are still good. Van Williams' drumming has never sounded better. This is, simply put, just one of the best albums released this year. Here's what I think of the songs...

1. Born - Dear lord, i'm listening to this song as I write this review! This is possibly the best song on the album. If not, it's my personal favorite. The lyrics and drums are great and that solo ALONE is worth buying this album for! 5/5

2. Final Product - The album's single. Very good song. Just like Born, the lyrics here are amazing. 5/5

3. My Acid Words 5/5 Great song, nice heavy intro.

4. Bittersweet Feast 5/5

5. Sentient 6 5/5 Remind of DHIADW.

6. Medicated Nation 5/5

7. The Holocaust of Thought 5/5 James Murphy plays on this interlude. Need I say more?

8. Sell My Heart for Stones 5/5

9. The Psalm of Lydia 5/5

10. A Future Uncertain 5/5

11. This Godless Endeavor 6/5 Here it is. THE crown jewel of the album. At almost 9 minutes long, this is the longest song on the album. It starts out calmly with an acoustic intro, but it gets heavy! Although Born is my personal favorite song on the album, this is possibly the all-around best here.

So, if you like metal (nu-metal and metalcore don't count), this album is VERY recommended. If you like Nevermore, well... then just get it!

"If nothing in the world can change our children will enherit nothing"
-Nevermore, Born
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Adam Chupka on September 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to believe that my first Nevermore listening experience occurred only a month ago, even though I was propelled back into the metal scene over two years ago. Sure, I had seen the name pop up on countless lists and websites, but for some moronically ignorant reason, I had it in my mind that they were some cheesy power metal band.

Well power metal, and nu-metal as some reviewers here have said, this band is not. Nevermore offers up a tasty platter of technical death/thrash metal served through progressive songwriting. The songs, varying in length from 4 minute standards to 6-8 minute treks, consist of impressive arrangements of thematic intros, multiple bridges/breaks, and some of the sweetest solos in the genre, courtesy of one of my new heroes, Jeff Loomis, and newcomer, Steve Smyth.

Warrel Dane, as evidenced by the reviews here, seems to dwell in love him or hate him territory, and I find myself in the camp of the prior. While he by no means possesses a classically beautiful and controlled voice, the range of emotion he displays, not just from song to song, but within each song, is worth your immediate attention. The venom he spits during one of my favorite tracks, "Bittersweet Feast" is enough to bring my hatred towards those he speaks of in this song, those intent on stealing our freewill, to an absolute boiling point. I cannot think of more apt madness to accompany the furious instrumentation of this band, than the voice of this man.

The lyrics, too, are something to applaud. With distinct themes all related to social and political ills, Nevermore transcends a majority of the metal scene by fusing neck-breaking force with intelligence and responsibility. Do they sing words of hope and salvation?
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