on 4 August 2003
Nevermore claimed that Enemies of Reality was gonig to be much heavier than the amazing Dead Heart In a Dead World, and with the exception of one ballad ('Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday'), it is. Production had been stripped down to raw basics, with drums and bass standing out as percussion, and guitars with a similar sound to Dead Heart, if slightly deeper.
However, Warrel Dane's vocals, for the most part, fail to impress on Enemies of Reality. In making the songs on this album heavier, Dane does not express his large vocal range as he did on their previous album (with the exception of Tomorrow Turned into Yesterday, and a few other places). The range of song types to be found on Dead Heart is a large part of what made it such a great album, and while the great guitarwork is still there and percussion has become a lot more, er... 'hard-hitting', the majority of the songs themselves did not draw me in. The exceptions being the title track, Enemies of Reality and Seed Awakening.
However, this is by no means a bad album, but with only 9 tracks and less than 40 minutes playing time, you might want to consider the state of your wallet before shelling out for Enemies of Reality, unless you're a real hardcore Nevermore fan.
on 23 March 2005
First of all, I give the album 4+ stars, and if you are a hard core fan like myself, BUY IT! The productions is what degrades from the album, but the technical complexity and ear splitting compilitaions are still Nevermore quality. The record is currently being remixed by Sneap and will be repackaged with altered cover artwork, two promotional video clips (the title track and "I, Voyager") and a live video of the title track performed at Germany's Wacken Open Air festival this past summer. Hard core fans will be slightly disappointed at the quality of production, but this re-mix due out 21 March 2005 will set the record straight...so to speak. I disagree with the above dude! Musicians unfortunately age, and at a certain point, screaming like a banshee is not always possible. Warrel Dane, the lead singer, shattered ears with a song called Battle Angels on their first Sanctuary album in the 80's. Check that out for some history.
on 8 July 2014
It's a shame this is now out of print. Century Media confirmed there are no plans to repress this album at this time. This remastered version of Enemies of Reality is vastly superior to the original mix. Thank you Andy Sneap! It was well worth it to purchase from the UK. I highly recommend buying this while there are still copies available, if you are a Nevermore fan and don't already own this version of the album. The official Century Media remaster has the black cover and three enhanced videos, so don't settle for licenced copies from other foreign labels!
on 30 June 2008
Despite many criticisms of the production, this album in it's original 2003 version is,in my opinion, Nevermore's finest hour.I bought the re-mastered version first, though being a huge Nevermore fan I knew I had to own both!I am glad I purchased the much-criticised original. It is true that the production is 'muddier' than either the Andy Sneap or Neil Kernon sounds, but I think it works for these songs. For example,I think the 'clean' guitar parts on 'tomorrow turned into yesterday' and 'noumenon' sound far better on the original version.
As regards the songs themselves, original or re-mastered, this is a fine collection of all the best aspects of Nevermore i.e. 'pretty' and 'dirty' guitar parts, pure aggressive power, spookiness, weirdness, all delivered with spectacular technical skill, not to mention Warrel Danes distinctive vocals. The album length is just right for the overall package of songs, not wearing you out or going on for too long. My advice if you are a nevermore fan is to buy both this original and the re-mastered version from Amazon at the very reasonable price being charged;you won't regret it.
on 23 March 2005
This is a re-vamping of the latest album from nevermore. I have yet to hear it, but I am purchasing on faith. The sound is supposed to be improved from the current mixing that was produced in 2003. If you have purchased the current album, this new version is supposed to sound like the record that should have been after DEAD HEART IN A DEAD WORLD. I did my research, and the news is that it was being remixed by Sneap and will be repackaged with altered cover artwork, two promotional video clips (the title track and "I, Voyager") and a live video of the title track performed at Germany's Wacken Open Air festival this past summer. The videos alone if your are a hard core fan should be worth the buy. From the ashes of Sanctuary, NEVERMORE. The boys are also working on a new studio as well. Date has not been set for release. Peace!
on 14 August 2003
some say it is faster, others it's slower than preview albuns. I disagree. There are songs trashing everything around, like "seed awakening", and calm songs, like "tomorrow turned into yesterday", but all of them rip your mind. Like ever, the lyrics are hard to decipher, but it is always a pleasure. However, you can just sit and relax feeling the perfect flow of "Never purify", probably the best track of the album.