1. They Live
2. In the Heart of Chaos
3. This Fire
Release date: 2010 – DreamDemon Recordings
It is definetely not easy to write a review about a band that you didn’t know before and where you didn’ get a lot of information about. Here we have a band called Neverworld and what we find here is the band’s firts statement with a 3-track-EP published in 2010. This EP is called „Welcome to…“ and I like it if a band first publish an EP to find out how the world reacts on the music. Better than to release a full length first where you find some acceptable tracks and lots of fillers.
This is the better way I think and if it is packed in a nice cover artwork like this one it wakes your interest in listening to the bands music.
Neverworld is a progmetal band from the UK with classic heavy metal vibes. This is what the website says and their influences lie in the classic bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, King Diamond and so on. So the ladder is high…time to climb it.
And so it starts with „They Live“….yes, why not ? A short introduction says something like „kick ass“ and yes so it is like this song starts. Great traditional riffing together with heavy played keyboards. The voice of Ben Colton is a combination of clear sound and high screams. The keys underline the prog factor, but the riffs and vocals are deep rooted in classic heavy metal style. Uptempo rules here. This song contains all you need for a real metal dose. The guitar work of Jack Foster is amazing. Sometimes it remembers me to Saxon in their best times. Shredding parts, breaking solos. Some hammonds in the back. Cool song, perfect start ! Only the drums could have a bit more of punch. Michael Vaughan knows how to push the song and the band should put his play more in front in the future. Anyway….well done job !
„Into the Heart of Chaos“ begins with speed. And…yes…it sounds a little chaotic if you listen to the weird keys here. Rhapsody on Fire on speed I would say. Aggressive vocals round it up. For my opinion the band used too much technical samples here and let the song sound a little clinic. A disharmonic shred orgy with style. This song is the soundtrack for a whirlwind losing control. Massive wall of guitar/keyboard sound. I think the band wanted to show here what they can do with their instruments. And it reflects the song’s title.
Piano opens „This Fire“. With it’s 7 minutes the longest track and the one that ends this EP. Warm sound as the background keys appear. James Thackway seems to be a great percussionist like the perfectionists in the big prog metal bands. Colton’s clean vocals between deeper and higher sequences is a mirror of 80’s classic metal bands. The song varies with speed and slower parts. Always in alliance with keys in the back. Some screams…I like them…brings the song to a really heavy one. The guitars played like wizards. Excellent musicians on their way to proof outstanding qualities for the future. Even some Iron Maiden is shining through in the guitar and vocal work.
The lots of breaks are telling us that we have to do it here with an epic and a wonderful guitar solo fades it out.
I am impressed about the technical qualities the band owns with their first release. I actually don’t know if or where the bandmembers played before. But they know their job excellent and the songs are far away of being copies of the originals. Neverworld made it to bring their own sound into a music style that is surely not new but where you can spread fresh elements on it. And that is Neverworld’s goal. A little improvement in songwriting and then we can talk about the next big thing in ambitioning metal.
All three songs can assure without exception and as I said in the beginning of this review: It was the best thing Neverworld could do publish an EP first. That’s where we can find out the bands quality and musically deal. And so we are not bored by any filler tracks.
For that I cannot wait holding the first full length album of Neverworld right here in my hands.
Great work, guys !!
Review by Kerbinator