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In the Presence of Enemies, pt. 2 Appreciation Thread

  • In the Presence of Enemies, pt. 2 Appreciation Thread
    September 8, 2011 - 9:03pm

    This just manages to be my penultimate Dream Theater song, maybe even the all-time favorite on days when "Finally Free" isn't quite doing the trick. I know that it's cheesy and it's melodramatic, but it's got such an enthralling vibe to it that makes me feel queasy and crazy and batshit all at once. I know that a lot of people end up finding it lost on them. What do you think?

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Aniland's picture
on September 8, 2011 - 9:03pm

This just manages to be my penultimate Dream Theater song, maybe even the all-time favorite on days when "Finally Free" isn't quite doing the trick. I know that it's cheesy and it's melodramatic, but it's got such an enthralling vibe to it that makes me feel queasy and crazy and batshit all at once. I know that a lot of people end up finding it lost on them. What do you think?

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Dysplasia's picture

Love this song; especially LaBrie's entrance along with Jordan and JMX.

lak89's picture

^That's why I've combined both tracks so I can listen to it all the way through :)

Crash_of_Doom's picture

I like part two more then part one, but that's more because it has everything: mellow start before erupting is this massive wall of notes. Anyway, can't listen to part two alone. Part one and two need to be listened after each other for the complete experience.

lak89's picture

Definitely an awesome song, I like both parts equally, but part 2 is particularly intense, starting from "don't bother trying to find him".

Fiat Lux's picture

[quote=Acidic Biaxident]I love this song! It's somewhat underrated...

especially the "angels fall" part; that part is just so damn epic!![/quote]

QFT.

cheers

Lady Obscure's picture

It's in my top 5!!!

The song is talking even without the lyrics..... whenever I listen to it.... I go... WTH? :o

Acidic Biaxident's picture

I love this song! It's somewhat underrated...

especially the "angels fall" part; that part is just so damn epic!!

Fiat Lux's picture

On Chaos In Motion there is a live performance of ITPOE Pts 1 and 2 as a single piece of music, no breaks. When played like this it is my second favourite DT "song" after 6DOIT. An epic prog song.

cheers

osmosis2259DTF's picture

ITPOE Pt 2 is great but I still dig PT 1 a little more

ZeppelinDT's picture

Doesn't "penultimate" mean second to LAST? I think the words you're looking for are "second favorite"...

RuRo's picture

In The Presence Of Enemies as a whole is one of the best DT songs (it was the one I'd have considered their best when I was first getting into them), and Part 2 makes up the bulk of it and if Part 2 was a song in itself, it'd still be really high. Heretic / Slaughter Of The Damned are the meat and bones of the song in my opinion, even though they are bookended by the themes from Part 1 and their reprisal at the end.

People complain about the Reckoning, and while it's not my favourite part of the song or not one I'd pick as my favourite DT instrumental, I really don't see anything wrong with it, at all. I think it's good.

VexusFlytrap's picture

In The Presence of Enemies part 2 is a great song, but I think that Part 1 is way better. Also, this website really needs moderators.

I'm Not Nate's picture

It's a pretty bad song.

AngelBackDTF's picture

Love this song as well as TMOLS. But somehow I think having two similar songs on the album dimishes the greatness of each.

I'm Not Nate's picture

Aniland, please go. I didn't want you on DTF and I don't want you here either.

DimitriusDTF's picture

I see Aniland is back to old form.

Anyway, I think the song gets much too flack, I enjoy it, though Pt. 1 is much better.

SilentFury007's picture

I like it as part of the whole song, but if I'm going to listen to just one part of the song, I'd probably prefer Pt. 1. Not that I'd ever just listen to one part of it...? :p Overall I think the song is amazing.

BlackInk's picture

It is indeed very good, one of my top songs too. Don't understand all the hate for the Reckoning.