NEVERMORE's 'The Complete Collection': Unboxing Video
March 5, 2018
On March 9, Century Media Records will release "The Complete Collection" by NEVERMORE, an impressive 12-disc CD box set including all studio releases, the "Year Of The Voyager" live album as well as a disc of rarities. Limited to 2,000 copies, it also includes a numbered collector's certificate, an 80-page booklet (with lyrics, photos, liner notes) plus a poster flag depicting the band's lineup on 2005's masterpiece "This Godless Endeavor". Guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams have been involved in this project since early October 2017, with Williams also creating the artwork for this set.
Originally, "The Complete Collection" was supposed to be an attractive format celebrating one of Century Media's finest bands on time with the label's 30th anniversary in 2018. Unfortunately, it now marks the first release coming out after vocalist Warrel Dane passed away, which was not only a shock to his family, fans, friends, and fellow musicians, but also to the many current and former employees at Century Media who had been working with him since the early '90s. At this time, however, all parts of the box set were already being manufactured, except for the booklet, which was completed in early 2018.
Featuring quotes from historical interviews with main songwriters Jeff Loomis and Warrel Dane, "The Complete Collection" offers a detailed journey through one of metal's most consistent and inspired discographies, but it was never meant to be a tribute.
An unboxing video of "The Complete Collection" can be seen below.
Formed in Seattle back in 1992, NEVERMORE developed quickly into one of the most revered metal bands of the time, representing a metallic counterpart to the "grunge" acts of the era. Blending the heaviness of traditional American thrash with progressive elements as well as the gloomy lyrics and impressive, emotionally charged vocal range of Warrel Dane (of SANCTUARY fame),albums such as "Dreaming Neon Black", "Dead Heart In A Dead World", and "This Godless Endeavor" are considered metal milestones to the very day.
NEVERMORE effectively split up when Loomis and Williams announced their departure from the band due to personal differences with Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard. Warrel later described NEVERMORE in an interview as "the greatest band that alcohol ever ruined."
Dane died on December 13 in São Paulo, Brazil at the age of 56. The singer reportedly had a heart attack during the night and could not be revived.
"The Complete Collection" track listing:
Disc 1: Nevermore (1995)
01. What Tomorrow Knows 02. C.B.F. 03. The Sanity Assassin 04. Garden Of Gray 05. Sea Of Possibilities 06. The Hurting Words 07. Timothy Leary 08. Godmoney
09. The System's Failing 10. The Dreaming Mind (Demo 1992) 11. World Unborn (Demo 1992) 12. Chances Three (Demo 1992) 13. Utopia (Demo 1992)
Disc 2: In Memory (1996)
01. Optimist Or Pessimist 02. Matricide 03. In Memory 04. Silent Hedges/Double Dare (BAUHAUS cover) 05. The Sorrowed Man
06. The Tiananmen Man (Demo 1996) 07. The Seven Tongues Of God (Demo 1996) 08. Passenger (Demo 1996) 09. This Sacrament (Demo 1996) 10. 42147 (Instrumental Demo 1996)
Disc 3: The Politics Of Ecstasy (1996)
01. The Seven Tongues Of God 02. This Sacrament 03. Next In Line 04. Passenger 05. The Politics Of Ecstasy 06. Lost 07. The Tiananmen Man 08. Precognition 09. 42147 10. The Learning
Disc 4: Dreaming Neon Black (1999)
01. Ophidian 02. Beyond Within 03. The Death Of Passion 04. I Am the Dog 05. Dreaming Neon Black 06. Deconstruction 07. The Fault of the Flesh 08. The Lotus Eaters 09. Poison Godmachine 10. All Play Dead 11. Cenotaph 12. No More Will 13. Forever
Disc 5: Dead Heart In A Dead World (2000)
01. Narcosynthesis 02. We Disintegrate 03. Inside Four Walls 04. Evolution 169 05. The River Dragon Has Come 06. The Heart Collector 07. Engines Of Hate 08. The Sound Of Silence (SIMON & GARFUNKEL cover) 09. Insignificant 10. Believe In Nothing 11. Dead Heart In A Dead World
Disc 6: Enemies Of Reality (2003)
01. Enemies Of Reality 02. Ambivalent 03. Never Purify 04. Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday 05. I, Voyager 06. Create The Infinite 07. Who Decides 08. Noumenon
Disc 7: Enemies Of Reality (Remixed & Remastered) (2005)
01. Enemies Of Reality 02. Ambivalent 03. Never Purify 04. Tomorrow Turned Into Yesterday 05. I, Voyager 06. Create The Infinite 07. Who Decides 08. Noumenon 09. Seed Awakening
Disc 8: This Godless Endeavor (2005)
01. Born 02. Final Product 03. My Acid Words 04. Bittersweet Feast 05. Sentient 6 06. Medicated Nation 07. The Holocaust Of Thought 08. Sell My Heart For Stones 09. The Psalm Of Lydia 10. A Future Uncertain 11. This Godless Endeavor
Disc 9: The Year Of The Voyager (2008) Live Album
01. Final Product 02. My Acid Words 03. What Tomorrow Knows/Garden Of Grey 04. Next In Line 05. Enemies Of Reality 06. I, Voyager 07. The Politics Of Ecstasy 08. The River Dragon Has Come 09. I Am The Dog 10. Dreaming Neon Black
Disc 10 – Live Album CD 2:
01. Matricide 02. Dead Heart In A Dead World 03. Inside Four Walls 04. The Learning 05. Sentient 6 06. Narcosynthesis 07. The Heart Collector 08. Born 09. This Godless Endeavor
Disc 11: The Obsidian Conspiracy (2010)
01. The Termination Proclamation 02. Your Poison Throne 03. Moonrise (Through Mirrors Of Death) 04. And The Maiden Spoke 05. Emptiness Unobstructed 06. The Blue Marble and the New Soul 07. Without Morals 08. The Day You Built The Wall 09. She Comes in Colors 10. The Obsidian Conspiracy
Disc 12: Rarities & Demos
01. Temptation (THE TEA PARTY cover) - "The Obsidian Conspiracy" session 02. The Purist's Drug (Japan bonus track) - "The Obsidian Conspiracy" sessions 03. Crystal Ship (THE DOORS cover) - "The Obsidian Conspiracy" sessions 04. All The Cowards Hide (Japan bonus track) - "Dead Heart In A Dead World" sessions 05. Chances Three (Japan bonus track) - "Dead Heart In A Dead World" sessions 06. Love Bites (JUDAS PRIEST cover) - "The Politics Of Ecstasy" sessions 07. Termination Proclamation (Live in London 2010) - previously unreleased 08. Your Poison Throne (Live in London 2010) - previously unreleased 09. Emptiness Unobstructed (Live in London 2010) - previously unreleased 10. The Obsidian Conspiracy (Live in London 2010) - previously unreleased 11. Dead Heart In A Dead World (Demo 2000) - previously unreleased 12. We Disintegrate (Demo 2000) - previously unreleased 13. Insignificant (Demo 2000) - previously unreleased 14. Engines Of Hate (Instrumental Demo 2000) - previously unreleased 15. Acoustic Instrumental (Demo 2000) - previously unreleased