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NEVERMORE - ENEMIES OF REALITY (*NEW-GOLD DISC CD, 2022, Brutal Planet)

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NEVERMORE - ENEMIES OF REALITY (*NEW-GOLD DISC CD, 2022, Brutal Planet) 

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  • 2003 classic that's been officially licensed from Century Media 
  • Elite 2022 Remaster by Rob Colwell of Bombworks Sound
  • Gold Disc CD to discourage disc rot and add beauty and elegance
  • Every CD comes with a deluxe foil-stamped collector's card of Nevermore
  • Expanded 16-page insert with lyrics and additional band pics
  • Gold Disc border on the front cover - but the back of the booklet features the front cover with no Gold border around the edges
  • Kelly Gray — QUEENSRŸCHE producer
  • Before Nevermore Warrel Dane had a band name "Sanctuary" in 1990 with 2 albums "Refuge Denied" and "Into the Mirror Black"
  • Received 8.5 out of 10 review from Blabbermouth.com

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT ENEMIES OF REALITY

Every track is a virtual riff-fest with guitarist Jeff Loomis showing off his talents not only as a songwriter and rhythm guitarist but also as a great lead guitarist as well. Lots of shredding leads and other wild and fast riff changes can be found on almost every track. The band has maintained their trademark killer heavy but very abstract sound and Warrel Dane's performance is as good if not better than ever. I love his very charismatic scowl and prophetic vocal delivery that just seems to cut right through the band's wall of sound. 
                        METALREVIEWS.COM

 "Enemies Of Reality" is an astounding assault on the ears — a cavalcade of downtuned guitars and oppressive rhythms. It can be "modern" in its pummeling attack (the rapid fire opening title track) without losing the notion of several classic metal formulas. 
                        BLABBERMOUTH.COM

Nevermore continues to produce quality metal time and time again. Enemies of Reality might be their best yet. 
                          SEA OF TRANQUILITY.COM

Nevermore continued to craft their unique and aggressive blend of progressive thrash metal with Enemies of Reality.
                  Jonathan “Doc” Swank, HM Magazine


ABOUT THE ALBUM
The 2003 collection of metal madness from the rulers of modern progressive thrash Nevermore continues the trend of brutal yet melodic chaos started on Dead Heart in a Dead World back in 2000. This band was always super-heavy, but in the last few releases offered an intelligent sense of atmosphere and melody that started seeping into the music, and the nine tracks on Enemies of Reality shows the band maturing as songwriters, throwing in tons of brutally heavy riffs, complex arrangements, and catchy vocal passages.  

Rob Colwell of Bombworks Sound provides at elite 2022 remaster, and every CD comes with a foil-stamped limited edition collector card. This jewel case release comes with an expanded 16-page booklet - to the delight of true collectors. Metal this masterful comes around a few times a decade if we are lucky.  one of those treasures is here again, and we recommend being first in line to grab it, The 2022 Brutal Planet Records reissue takes all the magic of the original release and gives fans ever more!  Enemies of Reality takes special to entirely new levels


Tracklist
Enemies Of Reality 5:11
Ambivalent 4:12
Never Purify 4:03
Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday 4:35
I, Voyager 5:48
Create The Infinite 3:38
Who Decides 4:15
Noumenon 4:37
Seed Awakening 4:30


--Doug Peterson, Down The Line zine REVIEW

Nevermore – Enemies of Reality (2022 Gold Disc Edition)

It goes without saying Nevermore never did any mediocre work…Ever! This album reflects a seasoned metal band fulfilling its last album obligation with Century Media, had their budget slashed, and then were handed off to producer Kelly Gray, who worked on bands like Candlebox, on their ball-less budget. The band was stuck in studio purgatory for a year, which made for a metal cocktail that was both shaken and stirred.

The way Kelly Graves recorded was first tracking the whole band playing the music and then Warrel laying down his vocal goods on top. There are many bands for which this approach would work wonders for, but it sure as shit did not work well on the original mix of this album. The drums were buried and the vocals overbearing. Sometimes that original mix worked like a machinist’s mid-morning coffee routine and other times it came off with the haphazardness of a figure skater on melting ice.

Two years after this album was released, the band demanded a remix treatment. Andy Sneap, who produced their mind-blowing Dead Heart of A Dead World, gave this album the sound it should have had, particularly with more upfront drums and vocals better complementing the instrumentation. Gauging from nineteen years since this album’s inception, there is strong and essential works to be heard here.

The first couple tracks pace like the Tasmanian Devil on speed, cutting razor-sharp as needed. Ambivalent slays vindictively with its layered power riffs and cacophonous drumming. The melodious Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday is a power metal ballad, not to be confused with the commercial variety. Before hitting the 3 minute mark, this number throws down a thunderous unfurling that would give Symphony X a run for their money.     

I, Voyager is the most accessible track of the album while not veering from the unpremeditated assault of their signature resume. Next is the fluidity of Who Decides, flowing between melancholic balladry to a crushing wall of dissonance. It’s just that good!

Bringing the album to closure, Seed Awakening showcases ridiculously technical playing evolving into hints of dark wave, then unrelenting thrash, and finally fades off into Eastern guitar elements. I am convinced that no band can hold a candle to what Nevermore is capable of accomplishing in one song. Simply brilliant.

Brooding drop-tuned guitars with lightning fast arpeggios, intricate and foreboding bass, precision power drumming that surpasses ninety percent of its competition, and soulful metal vocals with an unbelievable range…these are the elements that weld Nevermore for the league of their own. Enemies of Reality worthily contributes to the band’s legacy with memorably solid material. With each new listen, my appreciation has grown for how scrupulously they mastered their song craft. 

--Doug Peterson, Down The Line zine