Century Media has remastered and reissued a few of the early Nevermore back catalog, and In Memory, originally an EP, now is filled with five bonus tracks, making for a nice full release. The original songs on In Memory are dark, emotional examples of the Nevermore sound, which is part thrash, part power metal, but classic metal regardless of the tag. Here, the songs are less speedy, but still dripping with power and conviction, full of blistering drum work, crunchy guitar work, and Warrel Dane's gripping lead vocals. The songs here sound a little like Dane's old band Sanctuary, especially "Matricide", the title track, and "Sorrowed Man", as Dane sings in a higher pitch for the most part, and the songs being very melodic with lots of atmosphere. As always, the guitar work of Jeff Loomis is outstanding, as well from Pat O'Brien. The killer cut though is "Silent Hedges/Double Dare", a furious rendition of a Bauhaus medley that is just bursting with pummeling guitar riffs, beefy bass lines courtesy of Jim Sheppard, and sledgehammer drum work from Van Williams.
The bonus tracks are all demos performed by Dane and Loomis, basically songs that didn't make the second album The Politics of Ecstasy. The standout is the fast & furious raging thrash attack "Seven Tongues of God", which altough it sounds very thin from a production standpoint, you can tell there's some kick-ass riffery going on. "This Sacrament" is also a bruising metal rocker, featuring churning rhythms and effective guitar work. And if you didn't think Nevermore had it in them to crank out a blistering, progressive metal instrumental, check out "42147", a wild, technical guitar lovers dream.
This was a great way to reissue this fine EP. The sound is much improved, and you get a nice little booklet with lyrics and an essay with commentary from journalist Martin Popoff and Warrel Dan himself. For the Nevermore fan, the addition of the bonus tracks is reason enough to plunk out the cash alone for this one.
1. Optimist or Pessimist
3. In Memory
4. Silent Hedges/Double Dare
5. Sorrowed Man
6. Tiananmen Man [*][Demo Version]
7. Seven Tongues of God [*][Demo Version]
8. Passenger [*][Demo Version]
9. This Sacrament [*][Demo Version]
10. 42147 [*][Instrumental][Demo Version]