The Astonishing > Ravenskill

I am going to take a few minutes here, and over the next few weeks, to review Dream Theater’s new album, The Astonishing. IMO, this is a epic, massive and awe inspiring album. Clocking in at ~2h:10m, it’s gonna take a while.

We are now up to the 14th song, Ravenskill. Much like a lot of the other tracks, this has some fantastic melodies to it. After the intro section, around 2:10, the transition is amazing. I know it’s hard for me to believe, but Dream Theater continues to impress me -even as a 20+ year fan.

So what we have here is Faythe showing up in Ravenskill looking for Gabriel but runs into Xavier. He brings Faythe to Arhys. Holy shit, what an incredible section of the two of them going back and forth.

Arhys takes Faythe to Gabriel and the song really smooths out. Gabriel promises to never let her go, and that’s this point … The last third of the song is fairly sappy, but serves the song and the flow perfectly.

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