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The Obsidian Conspiracy [CD]

Nevermore Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (31 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI Music
  • ASIN: B003H9LO9C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,130 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Termination Proclamation, The
2. Your Poison Throne
3. Moonrise (Through Mirrors Of Death)
4. And The Maiden Spoke
5. Emptiness Unobstructed
6. The Blue Marble And The New Soul
7. Without Morals
8. The Day You Built The Wall
9. She Comes In Colors
10. The Obsidian Conspiracy
11. Crystal Ship (The Doors Cover)
12. Temptation (The Tea Party Cover)

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Over the years Nevermore have carved out their own unique niche. The group's sound encompasses every element of the heavy metal spectrum and is like no other band within the genre. They have played everywhere across the world to over hundreds of thousands of people and with the Obsidian Conspiracy, they have never been more determined, focused and powerful than on this album.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Pros and Cons(piracy) 9 Jun 2010
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A solid effort but, as some here have already pointed out, not their best. Saying that, when Nevermore are not hitting their average, they are still miles ahead of the competition. It is not the almost classic that 'This Godless Endeavour' was and does not even touch 'The Politics of Ecstasy' (my personal choice for the top of the Nevermore hall of fame) or indeed 'Dead Heart...' (which is a very close second). It nestles safely somewhere between 'Dreaming Neon Black' and 'Enemies...' in terms of tone and quality.

There does seem to be a concerted effort to make the tracks more accessible and as a result it comes across as their least heaviest collection. This is no means a bad thing as most of the tracks are absolute corkers!

'The Termination Proclamation' and 'Poison Throne' are 4 star, riff-tangled bread and butter Nevermore and are great without being particularly outstanding. It is with the following 3 tracks that the true meat of the feast is wheeled out. 'Moonrise', 'And the Maiden Spoke' and 'Emptiness Unobstructed' are all utter classics and by far the best tracks on the album. It is difficult to pick a favourite between them as they are all equally as good as well as being very different arrangements.

'The Blue Marble & the New Soul' is not just a mouthful of a track but a bit dawdling and boring. Warrell Dane's influence as a solo artist is definitely seen here, as well as on 'She Comes in Colours' which is similar, slightly better but missing something - not sure what, passion I suppose, possibly a better, less plodding tune?

'Without Morals' is a belter and only just misses out on instant classic status, but it is one of the better tracks. As is 'The Day they Built the Wall' which can plod at times but hits all the right notes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Repeated Listens Recommended 7 Jun 2010
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Unlike the first couple of reviews The Obsidian Conspiracy is not quite a 4 for me. The first half sounds like recycled material from their previous efforts yet the second half is a little more creative. But after a 5 year wait it's a little underwhelming especially as it follows the beast that was 'This Godless Endevour'. It's as if they've not really tried and thrown some songs together without thinking whether they are worthy of following their past effort. The production is exactly the same which causes you to wonder if they've progressed at all. Add some pointless covers and you starting asking yourself if the fantastic packaging with the 'shred like Loomis' bonus CD, postcards and lyric cards all kept together in a natty box, is covering for the fact that there's not much depth to this release. However, once you get past this and listened to it on its own merits it's quite a solid effort with Nevermore finding a comfortable niche for themselves. I wouldn't rate it higher than Enemies Of Reality, it's more on a par with this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just about quite good! 31 May 2010
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I've been a massive Nevermore fan for 7 years now, and consider Warrel to have one of the top 3 best (if not THE best) voices in metal, a perfect blend of singing and aggression, and Jeff Loomis to be in the top 3 (if not THE best) guitarist in metal so I thought I'd review their latest album in an unbiased and objective way, in the hope that it will help others decide whether its' worth their cash.

This is a track by track review for Nevermore's new album The Obsidian onspiracy.

Track 1: The Termination Proclamation 8/10

Starts with quite a technical fast riff, turns into a typically dark melodic style chorus, nice guitar work from Jeff Loomis, took a while to grow on me but I quite like it now, not as immediate or as orally assaulting as "Born" from "This Godless Endeavour" but it is solid stuff.

Track 2: Your Poison Throne 6/10

Not sure on this one, it doesn't seem to fit on the album, if it had been on Warrel Dane's solo album "Praises To The War Machine" then I'd have quite liked it, its the "Rise" vocals and the riffs don't sound like Jeff Loomis' usual stuff, I don't think its' horrible it just doesn't fit with anything they've ever done before. They tried something different and it didn't really work in my view.

Track 3: Moonrise (Through Mirrors Of Death) 10/10

My favourite song on the album, very dark, complex, perfect Nevermore, could have gone on "This Godless Endeavour" and that's saying something considering how much I LOVE that album, this track is faultless stuff in my opinion.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 24 Nov 2010
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Although usually rather listening to all kinds of Progressive stuff, I really have become a big Nevermore supporter over the years. I appreciate very much that in the middle of the 1990s they created something new, their own style. Their sound is unique and so is the voice of Warrel Dane. But there is something strange about Nevermore: A good album is alomost inevitably followed by a weaker one. Evidence? "The Politics of ecstasy" very good, "Dreaming neon black" just average, "Dead heart in a dead world" great (maybe the best album including the song which drew my attention to Nevermore: "We disintegrate"), "Enemies of reality" with only a few good songs, "This goodless endeavour" fantastic (with a 9 minute masterpiece completing the album; "Born" and "Final product" also highly recommended) and now "The Obsidian conspiracy" which again is not able to reach the level of its predecessor.
Don't get me wrong: As some reviewers have already mentioned, you get a good album with the typical Nevermore stuff. But exactly this is where the problem lies and that is the reason why I only mark the album with three and not four stars. In this album I can see no progress. I would describe it as a mixture of "Enemies of reality" and "This godless endeavor". Some Jeff Loomis riffs sound too familiar (e.g. in "Termination Proclamation", "Moonrise", "Without morals" - although this song contains a great chorus - and "The Obsidian conspiracy"). Obviously, even in the five years since their latest release Nevermore have not been able to generate many new ideas. Therefore, I like those songs most who at least are able to provide something new to the listener. There is for example "And the maiden spoke" which combines the typical Jeff Loomis guitar riffing with a weird drum rhythm and a bone-chilling chorus.
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