R.I.P. Warrel Dane, 1961 – 2017


We wake up to some gutting news today.

I don’t even know how to approach this news, Warrel Dane of Sanctuary and Nevermore died of a heart attack last night at 56 years of age.

Nevermore is my all-time favorite band. Their music got me through high school, college, heartbreak, and general pain and sadness, due in large part to the emotional connection that came from Warrel’s unique and haunting voice. When I listened to his vocals and read his lyrics, I related to them instantly. I understood that there was someone out there who felt like I did, and who was able to express it like no other.

Love it or hate it, Warrel’s voice was truly one of a kind, and I can’t believe I have to talk about it in the past tense now.

Goodbye Warrel, and thank you for everything.

And when there’s nothing more left to dream
And nowhere left to wander
The memories will be there for you
To give you peace of mind


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  • Dubby Fresh

    I’m not typically one to embrace metal’s odd propensity for absurd hero worship (look up all the Dime tributes if you don’t think the issue is real), but I’m bummed. I’ve been a Nevermore fan for almost as long as I’ve been a metal fan, and Warrel’s voice and lyrics, though not perfect, were certainly unique. His art has left a lasting impression on me, and for that I am forever grateful. RIP.

    • Slimylimey

      Nevermore were one of those bands that I could never get into personally but always respected for what they were trying to do (as well as the lives they evidently touched and affected as shown by the comments). And 56 is way too fucking young.

  • Howard Dean

    Not at all familiar with his music, but the dude had a pretty awesome name. Simple, rugged, with a blunt, almost percussive surname. Perfect for being a metal bandleader.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eXIeVij_hY

      My favorite song about Skynet-type intelligences eradicating humanity.

      • Joaquin Stick

        Huh, I never really listened to them before but it’s kinda like if Pain of Salvation decided to be less proggy. I can dig it.

      • Howard Dean

        Hmm, don’t think this is my cup of tea (or maybe this track in particular isn’t really clicking with me right now).

        • It’s definitely an “out there” track for them, usually they’re way thrashier with dank 7-string riffs. Check out “Born” or “Psalm of Lydia” from this album for the other side!


          • Howard Dean

            Woah, yeah, way better.

        • Mosh Hoff

          Maybe Dreaming Neon Black is, my personal fave.


          • “Deconstruction” is a good

          • Howard Dean

            Yeah, this and the second track Rolderathis posted are way better. Thrashier. And I actually kinda like his high/falsetto vocals when they hit.

          • Dubby Fresh

            He had to stop trying to hit those highs as he got older, but he was screeching like a mad man on their old stuff.

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      Exactly how I feel. R.I.P.

  • Nevermore really helped me out in high school, dealing with all of the typical bullshit. They were definitely influential in my branching out from my early power/thrash days over into the more extreme genres, and I still love DNB, DHiaDW and TGE. I always loved his vocals, even though they seemed like cilantro to some people (you either have the soap taste gene or not…in this case the Warrel gene). RIP Warrel.

  • tigeraid

    This sucks. One of the true greats. 🙁


  • Depechemodeisgangsta

    Never been a big fan of Nevermore since i only listened to a couple of their songs, not even a full album, is just not my type of music, but it sucks whenever someone passed away, specially when they have an influential stamp on people or helped them by listening to their music or art.

    • Exactly my thoughts. He also had a very distinct voice. He will be missed and thanked for all his contributions to the genre.

  • I was able to see Nevermore open in November of 2005. Having never heard of them before that, I was pretty floored by the whole band.

    Quite a bummer.


  • Janitor Jim Duggan


  • Broseph Tremonti
  • One of the greatest. RIP.

    I’ve been a huge fan and admirer since Refuge Denied. His solo album is one of the best and I’m gonna throw it on the turntable right now.





    • Dubby Fresh

      He was actually working on his solo album with his guitarist when he had the heart attack.

      • That’s terrible. Knowing Warrel it would’ve been another masterpiece.

    • Lone Biker…

      I always thought this album flew under the radar for a lot of people, and it is so powerful – plus Dirk Verbeuren’s drums are so fantastic too. One of my favs as well.


  • Lone Biker…

    “Nevermore to feel the pain

    The heart collector sang

    And I won’t be feeling hollow for so long

    Nevermore to feel the pain

    The words fall out like fire

    I’ll believe when you can’t believe anymore.”


    • I have some great memories of jamming this track with my stepbro (along with “River Dragon…” and “Final Product”) when we were first getting into World of Warcraft. We’d queue up a playlist of our new fav songs and grind levels forever.

      • Lone Biker…

        River Dragon…is SO good – I might have to go listen to that now.

  • CT-12

    This one…this is one is just so fucking hard. Being from Washington myself, this dude’s impact on our scene cannot wholly ever be put into words. Sanctuary were one of the few bands we had back in the day that could stand toe-to-toe with the national bands, and when they met their demise, he somehow was able start an even more successful band that helped put our metal scene back at the global forefront again. The dude was a pioneer for us and a guy who made me feel like I could do this thing too. Thanks for all the great music and inspiration, you will be sorely missed.

  • That sucks. Haven’t ever really listened to Nevermore, but Sanctuary was one of my favorite 80’s thrash bands. And their recent comeback stuff was actually really good too.