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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."
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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.
   
 
==Personnel==
 
==Personnel==
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==Lyrics==
 
==Lyrics==
===Part 1===
 
   
'''I. Prelude'''
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<pre>
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PART 1
   
''(Instrumental)''
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"I. Prelude"
   
'''II. Resurrection'''
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(Instrumental)
   
I saw a white light<br />
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"II. Resurrection"
Shining there before me<br />
 
Walking to it<br />
 
I waited for the end<br />
 
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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I saw a white light
And the symbol of your faith?<br />
+
Shining there before me
  +
Walking to it
  +
I waited for the end
  +
A final vision
  +
Promising salvation
  +
A resurrection
  +
For a fallen man
   
I can free you from this Hell and misery<br />
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Do you still wait for your God
You should never be ashamed, my son<br />
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And the symbol of your faith?
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 can free you from this Hell and misery
A body scorned and broken<br />
+
You should never be ashamed, my son
My soul rejected<br />
+
I can give you power beyond anything
Tainted by his blood<br />
+
Trust me you will be the chosen one
Beyond redemption<br />
 
A sinner not worth saving<br />
 
   
Forever taken<br />
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I was forgotten
From the one I loved<br />
+
A body scorned and broken
  +
My soul rejected
  +
Tainted by his blood
  +
Beyond redemption
  +
A sinner not worth saving
   
Do I still wait for my God<br />
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Forever taken
And a symbol of my faith?<br />
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From the one I loved
   
I can lead you down the path and back to life<br />
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Do I still wait for my God
All I ask is that you worship me<br />
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And a symbol of my faith?
I can help you seek revenge and save yourself<br />
 
Give you life for all eternity<br />
 
   
Servants of the fallen<br />
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I can lead you down the path and back to life
Fight to pave the way<br />
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All I ask is that you worship me
For their saviour's calling<br />
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I can help you seek revenge and save yourself
Of this wicked day<br />
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Give you life for all eternity
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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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 />'''
 
 
Welcome tired pilgrim<br />
 
Into the circle<br />
 
We have been waiting<br />
 
Everyone's gathered for your arrival<br />
 
All the believers<br />
 
 
Angels fall, all for you, heretic<br />
 
Demon heart bleed for us<br />
 
 
I've been waiting for you,<br />
 
Weary preacher man<br />
 
You have been expected<br />
 
Now we can begin<br />
 
Let this hollow day of judgment reign<br />
 
 
I have known you father,<br />
 
And your sacred quest<br />
 
Blessed soldier fighting<br />
 
You shall never rest<br />
 
I have known you, but do you know me?<br />
 
 
Angels fall, all for you, heretic<br />
 
Demon heart bleed for us<br />
 
   
(My soul is yours dark master, I will fight for you)<br />
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"III. Heretic"
Dark master within,<br />
 
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 />
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Welcome tired pilgrim
But I could feel his spite<br />
+
Into the circle
A presence from the dead<br />
+
We have been waiting
Abandoned by the light<br />
+
Everyone's gathered for your arrival
This shadow will consume him from within<br />
+
All the believers
   
This power that I sense<br />
+
Angels fall, all for you, heretic
The rage behind those eyes<br />
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Demon heart bleed for us
Is just a shrouded ghost<br />
 
A spirit deep inside<br />
 
The body and the soul both threats<br />
 
For they are one<br />
 
   
Angels fall, all for you, heretic<br />
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I've been waiting for you,
Demon heart bleed for us<br />
+
Weary preacher man
  +
You have been expected
  +
Now we can begin
  +
Let this hollow day of judgment reign
   
My soul is yours dark master,<br />
+
I have known you father,
I will fight for you<br />
+
And your sacred quest
  +
Blessed soldier fighting
  +
You shall never rest
  +
I have known you, but do you know me?
   
Dark master within,<br />
+
Angels fall, all for you, heretic
I will fight for you<br />
+
Demon heart bleed for us
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 />
 
Dark master, Amen,<br />
 
I belong to you<br />
 
Dark master within<br />
 
   
  +
(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
   
'''IV. The Slaughter of the Damned<br />'''
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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
   
Don´t<br />
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Angels fall, all for you, heretic
Bother trying to find them<br />
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Demon heart bleed for us
They will be coming to you<br />
 
Fight,<br />
 
Fight and destroy<br />
 
Until you can´t take anymore<br />
 
   
Slay!<br />
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My soul is yours dark master,
Spill the blood of the rebels<br />
+
I will fight for you
They are the children of hell<br />
 
Flesh,<br />
 
Of the undead<br />
 
Stopping at nothing to kill<br />
 
   
Sin,<br />
+
Dark master within,
Caught in a moment of weakness<br />
+
I will fight for you
Committed the greatness of all<br />
+
Dark master of sin,
Sold,<br />
+
Now my soul is yours
Half of my soul<br />
+
Dark master, my guide,
And now its too late for you<br />
+
I will die for you
  +
Dark master inside
  +
Dark master, Amen,
  +
I belong to you
  +
Dark master within
   
I judge us, my eyes see<br />
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"IV. The Slaughter of the Damned"
I judge and I am just<br />
 
For I speak of the beast<br />
 
That lives in all of us<br />
 
   
Unwelcome ones<br />
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Don't,
Your time has come<br />
+
Bother trying to find them
  +
They will be coming to you
  +
Fight,
  +
Fight and destroy
  +
Until you can't take anymore
   
Lord,<br />
+
Slay!
You are my god and my shepherd<br />
+
Spill the blood of the rebels
Nothing more shall I want<br />
+
They are the children of hell
War,<br />
+
Flesh,
Through the abyss<br />
+
Of the undead
Into the shadow of death<br />
+
Stopping at nothing to kill
   
Fear,<br />
+
Sin,
There is no evil to fear now<br />
+
Caught in a moment of weakness
For I know you are with me<br />
+
Committed the greatness of all
My,<br />
+
Sold,
Cup overflows<br />
+
Half of my soul
With my enemy's blood<br />
+
And now its too late for you
   
I,<br />
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I judge us, my eyes see
Decay in the house of the lord<br />
+
I judge and I am just
Forever, amen<br />
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For I speak of the beast
Death,<br />
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That lives in all of us
Will follow me<br />
 
All the days of my life<br />
 
   
I judge as,<br />
+
Unwelcome ones
My eyes see<br />
+
Your time has come
I judge and I am just<br />
 
For I speak of the beast<br />
 
That lives in all of us<br />
 
   
Unwelcome ones<br />
+
Lord,
Your time has come<br />
+
You are my god and my shepherd
  +
Nothing more shall I want
  +
Walk,
  +
Through the abyss
  +
Into the shadow of death
   
Servants of the fallen<br />
+
Fear,
Fight to pave the way<br />
+
There is no evil to fear now
For the savior's calling<br />
+
For I know you are with me
On this wicked day<br />
+
My,
  +
Cup overflows
  +
With my enemy's blood
   
Through a veil of madness<br />
+
I,
With a vicious play<br />
+
Decay in the house of the lord
One man rises up<br />
+
Forever, amen
Standing in their way<br />
+
Death,
It's time for your reckoning<br />
+
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
   
'''V. The Reckoning<br />'''
+
Servants of the fallen
  +
Fight to pave the way
  +
For the savior's calling
  +
On this wicked day
   
''(Instrumental)<br />''
+
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<br />'''
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"VI. Salvation"
   
My soul grows weaker<br />
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My soul grows weaker
He knows and he waits<br />
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He knows and he waits
He watches over me<br />
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He watches over me
Standing at the inferno gates<br />
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Standing at the inferno gates
In the hour of darkness<br />
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In the hour of darkness
The moment I feared has passed<br />
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The moment I feared has passed
The moment I lost my faith<br />
+
The moment I lost my faith
Promising salvation<br />
+
Promising salvation
My soul is my own now<br />
+
My soul is my own now
I do not fight for you,<br />Dark master<br />
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I do not fight for you,
  +
Dark master
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</pre>
   
 
==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
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==Tone==
 
==Tone==
The song is very progressive in tone, with several solo sections included in both parts, most notably an extended unstrumental sectino during Part 2. The intro to Part 2 is very atmospheric and is remeniscent of horror movie soundtracks. Both section are also quite heavy, with the pop element almost entirely absent.
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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.
   
==Appearences==
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==Appearances==
 
*[[Systematic Chaos]] - Original recorded version
 
*[[Systematic Chaos]] - Original recorded version
 
*[[Chaos in Motion (cd)|Chaos in Motion]] - Live version
 
*[[Chaos in Motion (cd)|Chaos in Motion]] - Live version
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[[Category:Systematic Chaos Era]]
 
[[Category:Systematic Chaos Era]]
 
[[Category:Epics]]
 
[[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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