Dave Larmore of Unchain The Underground recently conducted an interview with NEVERMORE bassist Jim Sheppard. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Unchain The Underground: What was your (as well as the rest of the band's) reaction when you heard that Dave Mustaine wanted to take you guys out on a fairly big North American tour [Gigantour] as one of the main stage bands?
Jim Sheppard: "My reaction was after the superior treatment we received from Dave on the earlier SANCTUARY tour [pre-NEVERMORE], we were obviously very excited to be included on the Gigantour. He's gone out of his way to make sure every band on this tour is happy and has everything they need every day."
Unchain The Underground: How is the tour for you thus far, and how is the audience reacting to NEVERMORE's set?
Jim Sheppard: "So far the tour has been an amazing experience in the aspect in being able to meet so many great musicians and share the stage with them as well. The fan reaction has been overwhelming."
Unchain The Underground: To focus on the new album a bit, legendary death metal musician James Murphy [DEATH, OBITUARY, TESTAMENT] does a solo on "Holocaust of Thought", which is a bass instrumental track penned by you. That is certainly a new concept for a NEVERMORE record! How did it come about, and how did the rest of the band members react to it initially?
Jim Sheppard: "We've always had melodic bass interludes in our music. As far as adding James Murphy in to do a solo, that came about due to the fact that he was engineering in the studio for Andy Sneap at the time. He recorded the bass movement for me and was so familiar with it that I asked him if he would play a solo over it… and he was very excited to, and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. After all, we all know he's a guitar God!"
Read the entire interview at Unchain.com.