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{{Songbox || Title = In the Presence of Enemies
| Title = In the Presence of Enemies
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| Album = [[Systematic Chaos]]
| Album = Systematic Chaos
 
 
| Length = 09:00 (pt. 1), 16:38 (pt. 2), 25:38 (over all)
 
| Length = 09:00 (pt. 1), 16:38 (pt. 2), 25:38 (over all)
 
| Workingtitle = The Pumpkin King
 
| Workingtitle = The Pumpkin King
| Lyrics = John Petrucci
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| Release = June 4, 2007
| Music = Dream Theater
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| Lyrics = [[John Petrucci]]
| release = June 4, 2007
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| Music = [[Dream Theater]]
 
| First =
 
| First =
 
| Total =
 
| Total =
 
| Recorded = Avatar Studios
 
| Recorded = Avatar Studios
| Also = Chaos In Motion
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| Also = [[Chaos in Motion (cd)|Chaos in Motion]]
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| Previous song = [[The Ministry of Lost Souls]] (Precedes Pt.2)
In the Presence of Enemies is one of four Dream Theater songs that eclipses the 20 minute mark. Some people class it as an epic. It's heavy throughout, with a five minute instrumental intro. Part 2 begins in a more atmospheric way and features haunting piano, and chanting during "The Slaughter of the Damned."
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| Next song = [[Forsaken]] (Follows Pt.1)}}
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'''In the Presence of Enemies''' one of five Dream Theater songs that eclipses the 20 minute mark. Featured on their ninth studio album, [[Systematic Chaos]] it is split into two parts - the first and last tracks, because the band believed that it was a great opener and a great closer for the album. Some people class it as an epic. It's heavy throughout, with a five minute instrumental intro. Part 2 begins in a more atmospheric way and features haunting piano, and chanting during "The Slaughter of the Damned." When the 2 parts to this song are combined, it becomes the 2nd longest song Dream Theater has ever recorded, beaten only by [[Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (song)|Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence]], which is 16 minutes and 22 seconds longer.
   
== Lyrics ==
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==Personnel==
===Part 1 ===
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*[[John Petrucci]] - Guitar, backing vocals
I saw a white light<br>
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*[[John Myung]] - Bass
Shining there before me<br>
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*[[Mike Portnoy]] - Drums, percussion, backing vocals
Walking to it<br>
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*[[Jordan Rudess]] - Keyboards
I waited for the end<br>
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*[[James LaBrie]] - Vocals
A final vision<br>
 
Promising salvation<br>
 
A resurrection<br>
 
For a fallen man<br>
 
   
Do you still wait for your God<br>
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==Lyrics==
And the symbol of your faith?<br>
 
   
I can free you from this Hell and misery<br>
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<pre>
You should never be ashamed, my son<br>
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PART 1
I can give you power beyond anything<br>
 
Trust me you will be the chosen one<br>
 
   
I was forgotten<br>
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"I. Prelude"
A body scorned and broken<br>
 
My soul rejected<br>
 
Taken by his blood<br>
 
Beyond redemption<br>
 
I said I´m not worth saving<br>
 
   
Forever taken<br>
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(Instrumental)
From the one I loved<br>
 
   
Do I still wait for my God<br>
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"II. Resurrection"
And a symbol of my faith?<br>
 
   
I can lead you down the path and back to life<br>
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I saw a white light
All I ask is that you worship me<br>
+
Shining there before me
I can help you seek revenge and save yourself<br>
+
Walking to it
Give you life for all eternity<br>
+
I waited for the end
  +
A final vision
  +
Promising salvation
  +
A resurrection
  +
For a fallen man
   
Servants of the fallen<br>
+
Do you still wait for your God
Fight to pave the way<br>
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And the symbol of your faith?
For their saviour´s calling<br>
 
Of this wicked day<br>
 
Through a veil of madness<br>
 
With a vicious play<br>
 
One man rises on<br>
 
Standing in their way<br>
 
   
Redemption<br>
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I can free you from this Hell and misery
  +
You should never be ashamed, my son
  +
I can give you power beyond anything
  +
Trust me you will be the chosen one
  +
  +
I was forgotten
  +
A body scorned and broken
  +
My soul rejected
  +
Tainted by his blood
  +
Beyond redemption
  +
A sinner not worth saving
  +
  +
Forever taken
  +
From the one I loved
  +
  +
Do I still wait for my God
  +
And a symbol of my faith?
  +
  +
I can lead you down the path and back to life
  +
All I ask is that you worship me
  +
I can help you seek revenge and save yourself
  +
Give you life for all eternity
  +
  +
Servants of the fallen
  +
Fight to pave the way
  +
For their saviour's calling
  +
Of this wicked day
  +
Through a veil of madness
  +
With a vicious play
  +
One man rises up
  +
Standing in their way
  +
  +
Redemption
 
Redemption for humanity
 
Redemption for humanity
   
=== Part 2 ===
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PART 2
III. Heretic<br>
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  +
"III. Heretic"
  +
  +
Welcome tired pilgrim
  +
Into the circle
  +
We have been waiting
  +
Everyone's gathered for your arrival
  +
All the believers
  +
  +
Angels fall, all for you, heretic
  +
Demon heart bleed for us
  +
  +
I've been waiting for you,
  +
Weary preacher man
  +
You have been expected
  +
Now we can begin
  +
Let this hollow day of judgment reign
   
Welcome tired pilgrim<br>
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I have known you father,
Into the circle<br>
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And your sacred quest
We have been waiting<br>
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Blessed soldier fighting
Everyone´s gathered for your arrival<br>
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You shall never rest
All the believers<br>
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I have known you, but do you know me?
   
Angels fall, all for you, heretic<br>
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Angels fall, all for you, heretic
Demon heart bleed for us<br>
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Demon heart bleed for us
   
I´ve been waiting for you,<br>
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(My soul is yours dark master, I will fight for you)
Weary preacher man<br>
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Dark master within,
You have been expected<br>
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I will fight for you
Now we can begin<br>
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Dark master of sin,
Let this hollow day of judgment reign<br>
+
Now my soul is yours
  +
Dark master, my guide,
  +
I will die for you
  +
Dark master inside
   
I have known you father,<br>
+
I cannot see his face
And your sacred quest<br>
+
But I could feel his spite
Blessed soldier fighting<br>
+
A presence from the dead
You shall never rest<br>
+
Abandoned by the light
I have known you, but do you know me?<br>
+
This shadow will consume him from within
   
Angels fall, all for you, heretic<br>
+
This power that I sense
Demon heart bleed for us<br>
+
The rage behind those eyes
  +
Is just a shrouded ghost
  +
A spirit deep inside
  +
The body and the soul both threats
  +
For they are one
   
(My soul is yours dark master, I will fight for you)<br>
+
Angels fall, all for you, heretic
Dark master within,<br>
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Demon heart bleed for us
I will fight for you<br>
 
Dark master of sin,<br>
 
Now my soul is yours<br>
 
Dark master, my guide,<br>
 
I will die for you<br>
 
Dark master inside<br>
 
   
I cannot see his face<br>
+
My soul is yours dark master,
But I could feel his spite<br>
+
I will fight for you
A presence from the dead<br>
 
Abandoned by the light<br>
 
This shadow will consume him from within<br>
 
   
This power that I sense<br>
+
Dark master within,
The rage behind those eyes<br>
+
I will fight for you
Is just a shrouded ghost<br>
+
Dark master of sin,
A spirit deep inside<br>
+
Now my soul is yours
The body and the soul both threats<br>
+
Dark master, my guide,
For they are one<br>
+
I will die for you
  +
Dark master inside
  +
Dark master, Amen,
  +
I belong to you
  +
Dark master within
   
Angels fall, all for you, heretic<br>
+
"IV. The Slaughter of the Damned"
Demon heart bleed for us<br>
 
   
My soul is yours dark master,<br>
+
Don't,
I will fight for you<br>
+
Bother trying to find them
  +
They will be coming to you
  +
Fight,
  +
Fight and destroy
  +
Until you can't take anymore
   
Dark master within,<br>
+
Slay!
I will fight for you<br>
+
Spill the blood of the rebels
Dark master of sin,<br>
+
They are the children of hell
Now my soul is yours<br>
+
Flesh,
Dark master, my guide,<br>
+
Of the undead
I will die for you<br>
+
Stopping at nothing to kill
Dark master inside<br>
 
Dark master, Amen,<br>
 
I belong to you<br>
 
Dark master within<br>
 
   
IV. The Slaughter of the Damned<br>
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Sin,
  +
Caught in a moment of weakness
  +
Committed the greatness of all
  +
Sold,
  +
Half of my soul
  +
And now its too late for you
   
Don´t<br>
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I judge us, my eyes see
Bother trying to find them<br>
+
I judge and I am just
They will be coming to you<br>
+
For I speak of the beast
Fight,<br>
+
That lives in all of us
Fight and destroy<br>
 
Until you can´t take anymore<br>
 
   
Slay!<br>
+
Unwelcome ones
Spill the blood of the rebels<br>
+
Your time has come
They are the children of hell<br>
 
Flesh,<br>
 
Of the undead<br>
 
Stopping at nothing to kill<br>
 
   
Sin,<br>
+
Lord,
Caught in a moment of weakness<br>
+
You are my god and my shepherd
Committed the greatness of all<br>
+
Nothing more shall I want
Sold,<br>
+
Walk,
Half of my soul<br>
+
Through the abyss
And now its too late for you<br>
+
Into the shadow of death
   
I judge us, my eyes see<br>
+
Fear,
I judge and I am just<br>
+
There is no evil to fear now
For I speak of the beast<br>
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For I know you are with me
That lives in all of us<br>
+
My,
  +
Cup overflows
  +
With my enemy's blood
   
Unwelcome ones<br>
+
I,
Your time has come<br>
+
Decay in the house of the lord
  +
Forever, amen
  +
Death,
  +
Will follow me
  +
All the days of my life
   
Lord,<br>
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I judge as,
You are my god and my shepherd<br>
+
My eyes see
Nothing more shall I want<br>
+
I judge and I am just
War,<br>
+
For I speak of the beast
Through the abyss<br>
+
That lives in all of us
Into the shadow of death<br>
 
   
Fear,<br>
+
Unwelcome ones
There is no evil to fear now<br>
+
Your time has come
For I know you are with me<br>
 
My,<br>
 
Cup overflows<br>
 
With my enemy's blood<br>
 
   
I,<br>
+
Servants of the fallen
Decay in the house of the lord<br>
+
Fight to pave the way
Forever, amen<br>
+
For the savior's calling
Death,<br>
+
On this wicked day
Will follow me<br>
 
All the days of my life<br>
 
   
I judge as,<br>
+
Through a veil of madness
My eyes see<br>
+
With a vicious play
I judge and I am just<br>
+
One man rises up
For I speak of the beast<br>
+
Standing in their way
That lives in all of us<br>
+
It's time for your reckoning
   
Unwelcome ones<br>
+
"V. The Reckoning"
Your time has come<br>
 
   
Servants of the fallen<br>
+
(Instrumental)
Fight to pave the way<br>
 
For the savior's calling<br>
 
On this wicked day<br>
 
   
Through a veil of madness<br>
+
"VI. Salvation"
With a vicious play<br>
 
One man rises up<br>
 
Standing in their way<br>
 
It's time for your reckoning<br>
 
   
V. The Reckoning<br>
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My soul grows weaker
  +
He knows and he waits
  +
He watches over me
  +
Standing at the inferno gates
  +
In the hour of darkness
  +
The moment I feared has passed
  +
The moment I lost my faith
  +
Promising salvation
  +
My soul is my own now
  +
I do not fight for you,
  +
Dark master
  +
</pre>
   
(Instrumental)<br>
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==Analysis==
  +
The lyrics were inspired by a manhwa (a type of Korean comic, similar to the Japanese manga) named ''Priest'', a horror comic which tells the story of fallen angels, which is what inspired the Dark Master character from the song. In an interview, Petrucci summarises, "It's a story about somebody who loses himself and end struggles with the darkness, symbolized by the Dark Master. And the story ends up really being the darkness within and goes through the different faces where he has to fight demons and things like that.
   
VI. Salvation<br>
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==Tone==
  +
The song is very progressive in tone, with several solo sections included in both parts, most notably an extended instrumental section during Part 2. The intro to Part 2 is very atmospheric and is reminiscent of horror movie soundtracks. Both sections are also quite heavy, with the pop element almost entirely absent.
   
My soul grows weaker<br>
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==Appearances==
He knows and he waits<br>
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*[[Systematic Chaos]] - Original recorded version
He watches over me<br>
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*[[Chaos in Motion (cd)|Chaos in Motion]] - Live version
Standing at the inferno gates<br>
 
In the hour of darkness<br>
 
The moment I feared has passed<br>
 
The moment I lost my faith<br>
 
Promising salvation<br>
 
My soul is my own now<br>
 
I do not fight for you,<br>
 
dark master<br>
 
 
[[Category:Songs]]
 
[[Category:Songs]]
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[[Category:Systematic Chaos Era]]
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[[Category:Epics]]
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[[Category:Songs over 15 minutes of length]]

Latest revision as of 18:42, March 27, 2018

In the Presence of Enemies
Systematic Chaos
Length 09:00 (pt. 1), 16:38 (pt. 2), 25:38 (over all)
Working title The Pumpkin King
Release date June 4, 2007
Lyrics John Petrucci
Music Dream Theater
First live performance
Total live plays
Recorded Avatar Studios
Other appearances Chaos in Motion
Previous song The Ministry of Lost Souls (Precedes Pt.2)
Next song Forsaken (Follows Pt.1)

In the Presence of Enemies one of five Dream Theater songs that eclipses the 20 minute mark. Featured on their ninth studio album, Systematic Chaos it is split into two parts - the first and last tracks, because the band believed that it was a great opener and a great closer for the album. Some people class it as an epic. It's heavy throughout, with a five minute instrumental intro. Part 2 begins in a more atmospheric way and features haunting piano, and chanting during "The Slaughter of the Damned." When the 2 parts to this song are combined, it becomes the 2nd longest song Dream Theater has ever recorded, beaten only by Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, which is 16 minutes and 22 seconds longer.

PersonnelEdit

LyricsEdit

PART 1

"I. Prelude"

(Instrumental)

"II. Resurrection"

I saw a white light
Shining there before me
Walking to it
I waited for the end
A final vision
Promising salvation
A resurrection
For a fallen man

Do you still wait for your God
And the symbol of your faith?

I can free you from this Hell and misery
You should never be ashamed, my son
I can give you power beyond anything
Trust me you will be the chosen one

I was forgotten
A body scorned and broken
My soul rejected
Tainted by his blood
Beyond redemption
A sinner not worth saving

Forever taken
From the one I loved

Do I still wait for my God
And a symbol of my faith?

I can lead you down the path and back to life
All I ask is that you worship me
I can help you seek revenge and save yourself
Give you life for all eternity

Servants of the fallen
Fight to pave the way
For their saviour's calling
Of this wicked day
Through a veil of madness
With a vicious play
One man rises up
Standing in their way

Redemption
Redemption for humanity

PART 2

"III. Heretic"

Welcome tired pilgrim
Into the circle
We have been waiting
Everyone's gathered for your arrival
All the believers

Angels fall, all for you, heretic
Demon heart bleed for us

I've been waiting for you,
Weary preacher man
You have been expected
Now we can begin
Let this hollow day of judgment reign

I have known you father,
And your sacred quest
Blessed soldier fighting
You shall never rest
I have known you, but do you know me?

Angels fall, all for you, heretic
Demon heart bleed for us

(My soul is yours dark master, I will fight for you)
Dark master within,
I will fight for you
Dark master of sin,
Now my soul is yours
Dark master, my guide,
I will die for you
Dark master inside

I cannot see his face
But I could feel his spite
A presence from the dead
Abandoned by the light
This shadow will consume him from within

This power that I sense
The rage behind those eyes
Is just a shrouded ghost
A spirit deep inside
The body and the soul both threats
For they are one

Angels fall, all for you, heretic
Demon heart bleed for us

My soul is yours dark master,
I will fight for you

Dark master within,
I will fight for you
Dark master of sin,
Now my soul is yours
Dark master, my guide,
I will die for you
Dark master inside
Dark master, Amen,
I belong to you
Dark master within

"IV. The Slaughter of the Damned"

Don't,
Bother trying to find them
They will be coming to you
Fight,
Fight and destroy
Until you can't take anymore

Slay!
Spill the blood of the rebels
They are the children of hell
Flesh,
Of the undead
Stopping at nothing to kill

Sin,
Caught in a moment of weakness
Committed the greatness of all
Sold,
Half of my soul
And now its too late for you

I judge us, my eyes see
I judge and I am just
For I speak of the beast
That lives in all of us

Unwelcome ones
Your time has come

Lord,
You are my god and my shepherd
Nothing more shall I want
Walk,
Through the abyss
Into the shadow of death

Fear,
There is no evil to fear now
For I know you are with me
My,
Cup overflows
With my enemy's blood

I,
Decay in the house of the lord
Forever, amen
Death,
Will follow me
All the days of my life

I judge as,
My eyes see
I judge and I am just
For I speak of the beast
That lives in all of us

Unwelcome ones
Your time has come

Servants of the fallen
Fight to pave the way
For the savior's calling
On this wicked day

Through a veil of madness
With a vicious play
One man rises up
Standing in their way
It's time for your reckoning

"V. The Reckoning"

(Instrumental)

"VI. Salvation"

My soul grows weaker
He knows and he waits
He watches over me
Standing at the inferno gates
In the hour of darkness
The moment I feared has passed
The moment I lost my faith
Promising salvation
My soul is my own now
I do not fight for you,
Dark master

AnalysisEdit

The lyrics were inspired by a manhwa (a type of Korean comic, similar to the Japanese manga) named Priest, a horror comic which tells the story of fallen angels, which is what inspired the Dark Master character from the song. In an interview, Petrucci summarises, "It's a story about somebody who loses himself and end struggles with the darkness, symbolized by the Dark Master. And the story ends up really being the darkness within and goes through the different faces where he has to fight demons and things like that.

ToneEdit

The song is very progressive in tone, with several solo sections included in both parts, most notably an extended instrumental section during Part 2. The intro to Part 2 is very atmospheric and is reminiscent of horror movie soundtracks. Both sections are also quite heavy, with the pop element almost entirely absent.

AppearancesEdit

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