|» Nevermore 2006 09 19||
Warrel Dane and the guys in Nevermore are currently touring Europe as special guest to Disturbed and when they have the night off they make detours to play concerts on their own. So, between Copenhagen and Hamburg, Nevermore went to Gothenburg and let me be the first one to say - thank you for that. But I can't understand why there was not more people there to see Nevermore perform. In my opinion they deserve a much larger audience, the venue did not look empty but then it isn't exactly the largest place in town either. The fact that Lordi played in Gothenburg this evening might have something to do with it, but I don't really see that they have the same crowd, or do they?
The song Final Product set the tone and my worries concerning Warrel's voice flew right out the window. Since Nevermore had to cancel a concert a week prior to this just because he had problems with his throat made me worried but it sounded just as awesome as usual. Although I must have missed something in the news-flow concerning Nevermore prior to this concert, because - where was Steve Smyth? And who was this guy filling out for him? Only later, when I did some research, I found out that the guy filling in for Steve Smyth was Chris Broderick from Jag Panzer and apparently Steve is forced to sit out the tour because of illness. However, Jeff Loomis was there and my respect for him is ever growing. This summer he handled the guitars on his own when I saw Nevermore at Sweden Rock Festival but to hear his amazing playing now being backed up with a second guitar really enhanced the experience.
Nevermore kicked some serious ass and acted as a really tight outfit delivering an early crescendo with The River Dragon Has Come and Inside Four Walls. And it didn't take long before the next highlight came with Born. The band seemed to be very relaxed on stage, as they were acting without any pressure but just taking these off days to perform and just have some fun, and this made their performance excellent. Warrel Dane is a strong character as vocalist and acted with confidence during the songs, but between them it was more of easy going talks and joking around. All things must come to an end and sadly also this evening had to do the same, so eventually they had reached the one song encore. Luckily, the one song was of the longer kind in This Godless Endeavour, which ended it all in a grand manor.
As always, I missed songs from their first album, and some other ones as well, but that's life. Even if I would have liked a different set-list, Nevermore justified the position for every song on there.
7,5 chalices of 10
Setlist: (might be slightly incorrect)