Enterprise-class aircraft carrier
Honestly, I'd be worried if Maturin liked something I did.
A plaintive lead gives way to a soft, off-rhythm verse 1. A heavy guitar break returns to the soft verse 1, then gets heavy again on its way into verse 2, which works a bit better.
Another heavy break with strings that don't fit in at all, and we head into what I guess is the pre-chorus, which is horribly phrased, repetitive, and has the guitars sort of doubling the vocal melody, which doesn't sound good at all.
This gives way to a solid chorus with unnecessary string accompaniment. This leads into a decent melodic bridge, then back to that awful pre-chorus, with random strings occasionally in the background.
A nice interlude with harmonized guitars follows, switching into a section with unnecessary strings, then another bridge, and an eagle cry for no particular reason. A decent Janick solo, then a much better Adrian solo, and we get another vocal bridge which is much more successful.
Another good solo, and then we're back to the shit pre-chorus before being saved by the chorus. The vocal harmonies on this don't sound the best. A reprise of the intro closes things out.
I don't understand why this discombobulated mess of a song gets so much praise. I guess it checks all the boxes for an epic, but the execution is not up to par. Disconnected parts, bad phrasing, a terrible pre-chorus, out of place strings, and WTF is up with that eagle cry in the middle? The muddy production is really evident on this track, too.
Sorry folks, but I have to give this one a 6/10.