This one is a a major sigh of relief, after three (relatively) lesser songs. Together with Speed of Light we probably just had the four least good songs on the album. Still, this could change of course, although first impressions can stick pretty long with me.
Back to the title track which starts (and ends if I remember well) with a nice acoustic part. A very strong song! If people like Montségur, they got another thing coming. Or three things! I remember three songs with that heavy part, with riffing and drumming a la Montségur. This is the first. It doesn't spoil the song that much but it's recognizable.
Shame on me but I forgot a lot about it, but it left a very strong, and very welcome impression, closing disc 1 majestically.
Although, I think that the chorus is too long, it feels a bit like the song pauses for a while. I caught myself waiting for THE RIFF to appear again on second listen already. Sounds like Steve's chorus (Janick said in that interview that he "added choruses" here and there), it's got different feel than the rest of the song. I'm sure it was necessary in terms of lyrics/storytelling, but slows the song down a bit. Lucky it has momentum in heaps
I really love this song. Might be my favorite off of Disc 1, I'm not sure. It's a tough call between this jewel and If Eternity Should Fail for me. Janick did an outstanding job on this album with both this and Shadows of the Valley!
Another really great song, probably one of the best on the album, but its incredibly busy and its doubly hard to form a solid opinion of it after only 4 or 5 listens.
I will be really interested to see the complete lyrics on this one though, I think that will enhance my enjoyment of it further, the vocal melodies are great but in the particularly soaring sections it can be hard to decipher the exact words.
Instrumentally it is fantastic and varied throughout though.