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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning visual perspective from Nevermore., 4 Jan. 2009
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Transcendence (Adelaide,South Australia) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Year Of The Voyager [2CD+2DVD] (Audio CD)
Arguably, Nevermore are one of the best modern metal bands of our time and return once again to assault our aural senses with a dazzling display of fantastic musicianship. Having been an admirer of this Seattle band for many a year, my love affair with them goes back even further to the days when they were commonly known as Sanctuary. Sanctuary was a band with immense talent, but sadly, it was not meant to be and after recording just two albums, the Dave Mustaine produced, `Refuge Denied and `Into the Mirror Black' the band fragmented due to musical indifferences. Vocalist Warrel Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard were dissatisfied with the grunge direction the rest of the band wanted to explore, so from the ashes of Sanctuary a new leaner meaner beast was born in the shape of the mighty Nevermore.

Undeniably, Nevermore's contribution to the heavy metal genre has been incalculable, during their thirteen-year career, they have recorded some memorable music, and with time, they will be heralded beside some of the greats of this genre. Nevermore astound me with their ability to write such compelling metal music aided by their deft and stunning musicianship, with nothing falling on the side of mediocrity or done in half measures. With the release of each new album, they push even harder by sharpening their song writing proficiency to the next level. With `The year of the Voyager', this is an inspirational release for any fan of the band and is their first DVD package they have ever recorded during their long an illustrious career.

I am sure some of you would like to know if this is well worth the money and what this DVD is all about. The answer is an unequivocal `yes' from the music within, the covering presentation, the selection of songs, interview, videos, artwork to the stellar production and the live concerts - what more could a rabid metal fan what? Sure, this release has been marketed squarely at the already established fan base, but equally this is a very good starting point for new fans to get exposure to the music of Nevermore and to jump on board. The first DVD is taken up of a show recorded in year 2006 at the Zeche Bochum in Germany and is 21 songs in length, mixed by the technically proficient Andy Sneap. Just Andy Sneap's name in the same sentence is convincing enough for many, anyway more of this later.

The second DVD is more varied and has a host of different shows recorded at Gigantour (Canada) 2 tracks, Metal Mania (Poland) 4 tracks, Wacken Open Air (Germany) 4 tracks. Furthermore, there are eight promo videos some bonus material from the Century Media 10th anniversary party, a candid interview with Warrel Dane, albeit rather short and relevant which is great as doesn't meander on incessantly by boring the viewer senseless. Overall, a nice DVD package that has been superbly presented from all aspects and worth every penny. If the DVD side is not enough for your metal thirst, then there is also a CD of almost the whole Zeche Bochum concert and is 119 minutes in length of pure unadulterated metal. Returning to the fist DVD and just recapping, it was filmed at the Zeche Bochum during an evening performance and appears to be in a small intimate club somewhere in Germany.

The crowd appear to be Nevermore worshippers and you can never underestimate an ardent German audience as they lap up ever note the band plays. The camera work is superb, the sound quality is sublime and this really shows how Nevermore can work a relativity small stage with unreserved professionalism. Two minor grumbles, firstly due to the huge music persona of Nevermore and the intensity of their live shows, a bigger venue would have been more appropriate when selecting a location to film this DVD. I believe the band does have some spiritual significance to the venue by playing there many times over, and I am sure they felt comfortable with the place, which invokes the correct ambiance and crowd participation for them. They are certainly a visually captivating band in the live arena, but seeing them playing on a bigger stage at the Wacken Open Air Festival (second DVD) they were one marauding juggernaut of a machine.

Secondly, I previously commented on the camera work as they use multiple cameras and camera angles; however, I do feel the cameras flittered too quickly between band members and found it hard to concentrate on the overall performance. This might be due to the small venue it was filmed in as stage space might have been at a minimum for the camera crews to manoeuvre around in. As the DVD progressed, it became a less of an issue for me as I got extremely absorbed into the concert - maybe this was just a problem with me in the beginning. Despite this, there are some good shots of the band, especially Jeff Loomis' 7 string fret board antics and one appreciates how extraordinary talented he really is by viewing this DVD, also not forgetting the collective talent of the rest of the band.

From a musician retention point of view, the core of the band (Warrel Dane, Van Williams, Jim Sheppard and Jeff Loomis) has remained intact since their conception back in the mid nineties. However, the saga of the second guitar position is a debatable one as guitarists have flittered in and out of the band at a rapid rate over time. I suppose seeing the dexterity of Loomis' playing is intimidating enough! The second guitarist for this gig, who at the time was a touring guitarist and was to have become a permanent replacement, but as luck would have it has since left to join the ranks of the formidable Megadeth is none other than ex-Jag Panzer's six stringer, Chris Broderick. Broderick has an impressive resume (holds a University degree in classical guitar), not only as a band musician, but also as an esteemed guitar teacher and just hearing his shredding technique when he was with seminal power metallers Jag Panzer, is testament to his ability with Nevermore.

Between Loomis and Broderick, this is the best guitar partnership I have witnessed in a long while and they are equally talent of one another, but the guitar riffing and solo work is simply stunning. Moving on to the second DVD, there are a few songs from Wacken Open Air Festival, Gigantour and Metal Mania which showcase the collective talent of Nevermore as they take command of the stages by delivering their sonic firestorm. The videos are great and there really for the diehard fans, which will make them totally euphoric for more! Overall, this is a brilliant piece of visual art (not forgetting the accompanying CD) and from a timing perspective, could not have come any sooner as it highlights some of the finest tracks from Nevermore's expansive seven album back catalogue.
Listening to their music on CD is one thing, but seeing Nevermore in the live arena is something incredibly spectacular. This is a band that is extremely talented and their technical wizardry, combined with a sharp song writing sense has to be the best in the business. To start 2009 off on the right footing, splash out on `The year of the Voyager', as you owe it to yourself! Also at the same time, consider checking out Jeff Loomis' solo release titled, `Zero Order Phase' if instrumental guitar shredding is what you desire in your music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all Metal fans, 15 Mar. 2009
This review is from: The Year Of The Voyager [2CD+2DVD] (Audio CD)
This is simply a stunning DVD boxset and well worth every penny. Well presented, excellent footage and the quality of the music is on a very high level compared to alot of bands. This DVD is an all round great and the many years of waiting have been rewarded.

The live setlist is a brilliant mix of power and passion delivered in one mind blowing presentation.

This is a must for all Heavy Metal fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great boxset, 30 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: The Year Of The Voyager [2CD+2DVD] (Audio CD)
Great packaging, good amount of content, the audio quality is great on the dvd but the video quality could be a bit better by dvd standards, anyway im sure it will re-released on blu ray one day, overall a great package and good value, great that the cd matches the setlist on the dvd, what else to say, it's nevermore, they are a great live band and it shows here
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my goodness., 17 Feb. 2013
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This DVD is an absolute belter. I am totally discounting the fact that the video quality is poor. All that matters that the musical quality of the gig is fantastic. Add to that the fact that you get a CD version of the gig too... just perfect. GET IT.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great band, 20 Aug. 2014
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Wasn't happy with the time it took to come 3 weeks but it was from abroad anyway the concert was worth the wait brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOTTA HAVE THIS, 10 April 2010
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every nevermore fan myst buy this dvd
Its just amazing
i never get tired of it
i just love it
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