I used to say guitar tones before the 2000s didn't have nearly as much power....this monster of an album might be proving that wrong. Only the best from Jeff Loomis, and I love the vocals/production on this.
Starting with The Lotus Eaters, nearly every song makes me think "Oh, the album is about to end", which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but there's so many dramatic-closer-worthy climax moments that I get into CD ejection preparatory mode out of impulse.
These are the two different covers, vote for your favourite: [url=http://www.last.fm/music/Nevermore/Dreaming+Neon+Black/+images/57794091]1[/url], [url=http://www.last.fm/music/Nevermore/Dreaming+Neon+Black/+images/55456527]2[/url]
Why is it that I keep listening to this album, despite the fact that it consistently leaves me feeling miserable? Every time I hear it, I think even harder. Every ounce of Warrel's pain seeped into this album. I can feel it in every second, chilling my bones and piercing my brain. Taking it all in is a gargantuan, laborious task, but one I'm willing to perform readily. This might say a lot about my character, but... I don't care. This is the greatest album ever recorded, and its pure, raw emotion will never detach from this mind.