I was actually expecting the new album to suck, but ended up liking it way more than expected. Sounds nothing at all like the early Sanctuary records, but I suppose since they sound nothing like each other to begin with, that shouldn't be anticipated anyway.
The new album is really good. Sounds to me quite a lot like Nevermore minus Jeff and his amazing playing style. Not saying the guitar players here aren't excellent, but when you've heard the best, it's hard to enjoy second best as much. Nevertheless, Dane's voice is in excellent shape, and I think the album will crack my top 20 at least for this year.
@ale 193 Good argument and I can buy into much of it actually. I am not sold on the uniqueness of the baritone though in metal at that time. True, it was not much utilized, but Grunge vocalists had taken that approach a good while before Nevermore released an album. I think it is safe to say that being a Seattle resident, Warrel was very much aware of this new vocal style and while he added his own timbre, and variations, to fit a metal landscape, it was not exactly an original approach by 1995 to heavy music vocals. Plus, I gotta believe Warrel was aware of Paradise Lost's Icon, Anathema, My Dying Bride, and Type O Negative that were all active and foregoing the falsetto style vocals (much lower registers) prior to Nevermore and gaining critical acclaim. True, their genres were not exactly the same power metal/traditional metal of Nevermore but their influence was pretty far reaching during the mid and latter 90s.
Thats not to say he wasn't brilliant in both bands, he was very much so. He's one of my favorite metal vocalists (up there with Dio, Halford, and Aaron Stainthorpe from My Dying Bride) Nevermore and Sanctuary played totally different kinds of music, and it'd be wrong to say one was "better" than the other, because they're both awesome in their own genre, but as far as which one was more experimental, and in which one Dane's vocals were more experimental- its Definitely Nevermore, hands down.
@Melkor in sanctuary he pretty much stuck to the standard Halfordesque power metal shriek. Very painkiller sounding. Beautifully brilliantly amazingly executed but by no means experimental at all. he's always had a unique timbre to his voice, you can tell its him, especially in his mid/lower register but the styling he used in Sanctuary wasn't particularly unique.
In nevermore he switched to using a baritone register almost exclusively and honestly thats far more experimental- No one in metal does that, especially not in that power metal/thrash style where soprano range falsetto shrieks are the norm, it was very different to use that rich baritone. He also uses more variety in general, switching between smoother and rougher vocals, clear operatic singing and anguished, angst snarls and shrieks- the occasionally piercing high note has much more effect.
nevermore was far more experimental
"Very clearly he was more experimental in Nevermore". Interesting comment as there are no Sanctuary plays in your profile and 49 Nevermore plays. Instead of a blanket statement, perhaps an explanation of why you feel he was more experimental in Nevermore with some actual examples would help me understand your view better.
Sanctuary and Nevermore are clearly different and I like them both. I feel that Warrel was more experimental with his vocals in Sanctuary, as dog whistle highs were not in vogue when Nevermore was at that their peak. However, Nevermore had this critical credibility because of Loomis's awesome guitar playing. It is really an interesting interplay.
I really enjoyed the Wacken show, actually I had expected something much worse. If you sing along you probably don't mind Warrel fucking up the high notes :D Honestly, I hate Nevermore, but seeing Sanctuary was like a dream unexpectedly come true.