Dreaming Neon Black

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Dreaming Neon Black
Studio album by Nevermore
Released January 26, 1999
Recorded Village Productions, Tornillo, Texas
Genre Progressive metal, thrash metal, experimental metal
Length 66:05
Label Century Media
Producer Neil Kernon
Nevermore chronology
The Politics of Ecstasy
(1996)
Dreaming Neon Black
(1999)
Dead Heart in a Dead World
(2000)
Alternative covers
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Rock Hard 8.5/10 stars[2]

Dreaming Neon Black is the third full-length album released by Seattle progressive metal band Nevermore, and was released through Century Media in 1999. Unlike its predecessor, The Politics of Ecstasy, this album is very emotional and contains many slower, ballad-type songs. It is also notable that Dreaming Neon Black is a concept album of sorts. According to Nevermore's lead singer, Warrel Dane, "it's a very simple story about a man who slowly goes insane after losing a woman that he was very close to. Progressive levels of insanity are expressed in the songs, he goes through phases of denial and self-blame, blaming God, then denouncing God. The ending is a little...tragic, a little depressing. Shakesperian. Everybody dies, it's all happy.", which may be based on an event in the life of Dane. Supposedly, his old girlfriend left him when she joined a religious cult and was never heard from again, and he began having nightmares of her crying out to him as she drowned. This has been confirmed by Warrel himself in an older interview. The spoken word samples from the tracks "Ophidian" and "Forever" are from the Clive Barker movie, Lord of Illusions. Clocking in at 66 minutes and 5 seconds, it is the longest Nevermore album to date.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Warrel Dane, all music composed by Nevermore.

Dreaming Neon Black
No. Title Length
1. "Ophidian" (instrumental) 0:46
2. "Beyond Within"   5:11
3. "The Death of Passion"   4:10
4. "I Am the Dog"   4:13
5. "Dreaming Neon Black"   6:26
6. "Deconstruction"   6:39
7. "The Fault of the Flesh"   4:54
8. "The Lotus Eaters"   4:25
9. "Poison Godmachine"   4:33
10. "All Play Dead"   4:58
11. "Cenotaph"   4:39
12. "No More Will"   5:45
13. "Forever"   9:20

Credits[edit]

Nevermore
Additional personnel
  • Christine Rhoades - additional vocals
Production
  • Neil Kernon - production, mixing, mastering
  • Justin Leeah - additional engineering
  • Bobby Torres - additional engineering
  • Raymon Breton - mastering
  • Travis Smith - illustrations, design, photography
  • Karen Mason-Blair - band photography
  • Louis Rusconi - additional photography www.Rusconi.com
  • Brad Gilson Jr. - additional photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dreaming Neon Black at AllMusic
  2. ^ Schäfer, Wolfgang. "Rock Hard". issue 140. Retrieved 20 May 2013.