on 2 October 2001
It's quite possible that Nevermore are a band that you'll either love or you'll hate. Vocalist Warrel Dane has a powerful, distinctive voice, and he doesn't hold back from using it to its full emotional potential.
'In Memory' is a five track EP, which includes four original tracks, and an interesting cover version of the Bauhaus song 'Silent Hedges'. If you're curious about Nevermore, this is the perfect place to start - the opener 'Optimist Or Pessimist' conveys their heavier, thrashier side, while 'The Sorrowed Man' is a heart wrenching melancholic track which could bring a tear to the eye.
Musically, any of these songs could have fitted in well on their 1999 album, 'Dreaming Neon Black', which is a conceptual masterpiece. This EP displays the band's more emotional side, rather than the anger and disillusionment which dominated 2000's 'Dead Heart In A Dead World'.
In short, if you want heavy music that takes you on an emotional rollercoaster, Nevermore are the band for you. It's difficult to compare them to others, because there are few metal bands out there who can succeed in being both emotionally and musically powerful. They have been likened to Metallica and Judas Priest in the past, but Nevermore are heavy metal for the 21st century. And this EP is a perfect showcase of what they're all about.