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Weight of Glory....Heh, this song took me completely by surprise. I bought it instead of Flags Of Dawn because I thought I'd like it less, and giving it a month or two headstart over Flags Of Dawn on the PlayCount of iTunes would be good. Well, I bought it....And it's fantastic.
Lyrics: Though sparse on lyrics, this song, spanning 4:24 minutes, delivers quite the heavy message. [Take up your cross before your crown]...In other words, your soul must be pure before you make the decision to rule over others. Awesome. And also, this song surprised me, in that there was something of a main character in it. This woman, the infidelity...Of course in the beginning, with [An infidelity; a woman on her knees. She begged for mercy, but we couldn't hear it], but it actually follows that up, with [Judge not, lest ye be judged like the girl and come down]. That chorus is repeated a couple of times, which is interesting. Not anything major, I don't think, just an observation.
Apart from that, though, there are some pretty strong lines in this song. [These words, they burned inside me] [We felt the chill, and it shook us to our bones] Pretty great stuff there. 9/10, just because there isn't a lot of deviation. Thankfully, the words already given in the song are excellent. So many pop songs repeat themselves endlessly and aren't even worth suffering through to hear the repetition (I'm not classing Thrice as Pop, far from it. I'm just saying the Pop genre is especially repetitive).
Vocals: I love the intensity with which [I walked away in silence] is delivered. I always look forward to that. However, that's not the only highlight of this song; the shouts of Dustin sound pretty good as well, beginning, end, or middle. Nothing much to say, except maybe Thrice went just the slightest bit over the top with the screams. Very good, though, still. 9/10
Instruments: Have you ever heard a guitar scream? Well, listen to 1:51-1:54 of this song. Or, more specifically, 1:54, since that's where the highest screech I've ever heard from a guitar can ever be heard.
The Instrumental work in this song is very nice, though. In truth, the melodies in the beginning and end make up nearly half of the song's length, but they sound amazing. I always love listening to the beginning, as it crescendoes into the first great portion of the song. The one at the end is kind of a cooldown, something to listen to while the adrenaline fades away. In the lyrical bits of the song, the music complements the lyrics and message very nicely. Overall, this is one of Thrice's most powerful/gripping instrumental efforts, though repeat listens could make one grow bored of the stalling in the beginning and the end. Nevertheless, marvelous work here. 10/10
9 + 9 + 10 = 28. 28/30 = 9 and 1/3 out of 10.
This song is quite like Already Gone; it's spectacular, but it's just not quite good enough for 10/10. The only problem with Weight Of Glory is that they either take it too far or don't take it far enough in some areas. Regardless, it's an excellent song, and it makes the Red Sky EP all that much more enjoyable.
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