Guitarist Jeff Loomis and drummer Van Williams have announced their departure from Seattle-based progressive thrashers Nevermore. The following announcement was posted on the band's Myspace page:
"In a mutual decision Jeff Loomis and Van Williams have decided to leave Nevermore. The time has come to pursue our own paths from the group. Due to internal struggles and ongoing issues within the band, we feel it is our time to move on. We would like to thank all of our fans around the world for their years of love, support and enthusiasm. This was not an easy decision but a very necessary one at this point, may we all meet again someday, somewhere in time."
Loomis and Williams had been with Nevermore since the band's first album, the self-titled Nevermore from 1995. Nevermore recently announced that they would be cancelling their planned tour with Symphony X. No information regarding additional confirmed tour dates is known at this time.
Blabbermouth is reporting that Nevermore have apparently cancelled all of their previously announced North American tour dates. An official statement from the band will be issued shortly. Stay tuned for updates.
The North American tour will still go ahead as planned though, with Symphony X, Powerglove and Blackguard playing all dates. Also Soilwork were already forced to drop off the tour due to an injury of guitarist Peter Wichers.
Nevermore has tapped One Undone bassist Dagna Barrera to step in on the ongoing Power Of Metal European tour with Symphony X and Psychotic Waltz.
Dagna Barrera previously played bass in the solo project of Neveremore vocalist Warrel Dane. She will replace Jim Sheppard, who underwent surgery on February 16th to remove a benign brain tumor. Sheppard is said to be on his way to a full recovery.
Nevermore bassist Jim Sheppard has undergone successful surgery yesterday (Wednesday, February 16th) to remove a benign brain tumor.
The band posted the following on their Facebook wall: "Jim Sheppard made it through surgery and is in the recovery room already cracking jokes. Great news!"
A benign tumor lacks the ability to metastasize, like moles. However, benign tumors may still produce negative health effects and many types of benign tumors have the potential to become malignant and some types, such as teratoma, are notorious for this.
Sheppard has had health issues in the past, having undergone a procedure in 2006 related to his Crohn's Disease, a condition he's managed for nearly 20 years.
As you might have heard, cult progressive metal band Psychotic Waltz recently reunited. But now the band issued the news on their Facebook Page that also original guitarist Dan Rock has re-joined the fold, meaning Psychotic Waltz are back in their original setting.
Said the band: "Original guitar player Dan Rock returns. The circle is now complete. Huge thanks to Steve Cox for helping us get this thing back off the ground. We really appreciate everything you have done over the last year. Thank you Brother. We wouldn't be where we are now without your help."
Vocalist Devon Graves (also in Deadsoul Tribe) released the following statement in mid-September: "I am blown away by the response over Psychotic Waltz. I am really looking forward! In the meantime, please don't overlook my other band, The Shadow Theory. We have a new album out this November (October for the US) 2010. This album could be the highpoint of my career (so far). My intention is to be in both bands for the... future. Enjoy The Shadow Theory while Psychotic Waltz writes the new album. You have time."
"Emptiness Unobstructed", the new video from US metallers Nevermore, can be viewed at this location. The clip, which was filmed during the band's May 18, 2010 concert at the O2 Academy Islington in London, England, was directed by Nigel Crane.
"Emptiness Unobstructed" comes off the band's latest album, The Obsidian Conspiracy, which was released on May 2010 via Century Media Records.
Nevermore just revealed the dates for their North American headlining tour. The band will tour with Warbringer, Mutiny Within and Hatesphere. Dates are below.
Just in case you're one of the five persons on the planet that don't know Nevermore have a new album out, The Obsidian Conspiracy, click here for the details.
23.09.2010 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
24.09.2010 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
25.09.2010 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
26.09.2010 - San Fransisco, CA - Slim's
28.09.2010 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
30.09.2010 - Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theatre
01.10.2010 - Ramona, CA - Ramona Mainstage
02.10.2010 - Mesa, AZ - U.B.'s Bar
03.10.2010 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock
The Obsidian Conspiracy, the long-awaited new album from Nevermore, will be released in Europe on May 31 and in North America on June 8 via Century Media Records. Another teaser video has been revealed too - the previous one can be found here. Watch the clip below.
The Obsidian Conspiracy cover art] tracklist:
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
Century Media Records has set a June 8 North American release date for The Obsidian Conspiracy, the long-awaited new album from Seattle metallers Nevermore.
The drum tracks for The Obsidian Conspiracy were completed in the group's hometown of Seattle with Soilwork guitarist Peter Wichers, who previously worked with Dane on the singer's solo debut, Praises To The War Machine. Longtime friend and collaborator Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Exodus, Machine Head) once again handled mixing duties.
The following songs (among others) were laid down during the recording sessions for the follow-up to 2005's This Godless Endeavor:
Seattle metallers Nevermore will enter the studio in August with producer (and Soilwork guitarist) Peter Wichers (who previously worked with Nevermore vocalist Warrel Dane on Dane's solo debut, "Praises to the War Machine") to begin recording their long-awaited follow-up to 2005's "This Godless Endeavor", tentatively due in early 2010 via Century Media Records. Longtime friend and collaborator Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Arch Enemy, Exodus, Machine Head) will once again be handling mixing duties.
Commented Dane: "These songs are full of newfound rage, lyrically and musically. Jeff Loomis has come up with some amazing new riffs that will no doubt please old and new fans alike. Also, I think the combination of Peter and Andy will result in something very, very special."
Nevermore will release their long-awaited new DVD, "The Year Of The Voyager", in Europe on October 20, 2008 via Century Media. The set covers the "This Godless Endeavor" touring cycle, starting with amazing live footage from the U.S. Gigantour 2005, the Metal Mania festival 2006 in Poland, the Wacken Open Air festival in 2006 in Germany and the main DVD show recorded at the Zeche in Bochum, Germany on October 11, 2006. Bonus material includes two songs from Century Media USA 10th Anniversary Party 2001, all promo videos and an interview with singer Warrel Dane which was recorded at the Roax Film Studios in Berlin in the spring of 2008.
"The Year Of The Voyager" will be released as a limited-edition 2DVD+2CD, standard 2DVD, standard 2CD and limited 3LP (the latter two containing the audio from the main show in Bochum only).
According to Century Media, one of metal's most talented shredders, Jeff Loomis, of Nevermore fame will further prove his undeniable skills with his first solo project, which is set for a fall release. The ambitious offering is an all instrumental effort and is destined to shed some much deserved spotlight on the genre's most notable, yet unsung, guitar player.
Loomis states: "Hi everyone. I just wanted to give you all an update on the solo project. I entered Robert Lang studios on March 22nd with producer Neil Kernon (Nevermore) and drummer Mark Arrington. Mark completed the drums for 10 tracks in about three and a half days. He did some incredible drum work that I know will bring this record to a higher level than I expected. Mark and I worked before back in 1993-94 when he played half the songs on our debut CD. Being able to do this entire recording with Neil is really amazing as well. We've done some great work in the past, but being able to focus on an entire instrumental record is going to be great. Rhythm guitars will be tracked next. I'll keep everyone informed on the progress as we track for the next month."
According to his official website, guitarist Steve Smyth has officially parted ways with Nevermore, citing personal and business differences.
"All things find their end eventually, and at this time I wish to make it clear that this was mutually agreed between the band and myself," Steve said in a statement.
"I will continue on with other aspects of my music career, including the upcoming release of The Esseness Project, an all-instrumental album in the vein of progressive rock that is now finished and being prepared for release."
He continued, "After a year and four months of being out of the touring scene due to ill health and then a kidney transplant, I have finally been given a full health clearance by my doctors to go back on the road, and I am now ready to return to the stage.