Top Dream Theater Songs
Vote and view the results here!

1. Octavarium
2. A Change of Seasons
3. Metropolis Pt. 1
4. Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
5. In The Presence Of Enemies

Poll: What is your favorite DT studio album?











Beneath a summer sky under glass moonlight
Night awaits the lamb's arrival

In The Presence Of Enemies
from Systematic Chaos (2007)

Information:
This is Dream Theater's second longest epic, clocking in at 25:38, although it was split up on the album in two parts to open and close this. However, Mike Portnoy states that it will still be played live as one song. The song is subtitled "The Heretic And The Dark Master," and it had a working title of "The Pumpkin King."

The song tells the story of a man who sells half of his soul to a "dark master" at the moment of death, in order to gain power to stand in the way of the servants of an evil fallen angel, who are paving the way for their master's coming. This man is seeking revenge on the one who killed his beloved, and also seeks redemption for humanity. This story, and some of the lyrics in the song bear striking resemblance to the story of Ivan Isaacs told in the Korean comic Priest. Comparisons between the two side by side are shown here.

John Petrucci states in Systematic Chaos' bonus DVD that the story and characters are metaphors for the turbulence inside the main character, struggling with his darker side.

The song also cites part of Psalm 23, twisting the meaning to following the "Dark Master" rather than "the Lord."

Music by Dream Theater
Lyrics by John Petrucci

In The Presence Of Enemies Appears on: Systematic Chaos
Lyrics:

[IN THE PRESENCE OF ENEMIES PT. 1]

[I Prelude]

[Instrumental]

[II Resurrection]

I saw a white light
Shining there before me
And 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
Taken by his blood

Beyond redemption
A sinner not worth saving
Forever taken
From the one I loved

Do you 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

[IN THE PRESENCE OF ENEMIES PT. 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 hollowed 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 sealed inside
The body and the soul both frets
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…

Heil! Heil! Heil! Heil!
Heil! Heil! Heil! Heil!

[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

Stay
Spill the blood of 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 greatest of all
Sold,
Half of my soul
And now it's 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 us, my eyes see
I judge and I am just
For I speak of the beast
That lives in all of us
Unwelcome one your time has come

Servants of the fallen
Fight to pave the way
For their 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 infernal 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
Copyright ©2005-2010 xtraverse and spatang.com