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Author: MysteryGlobal.

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Voices
Author: Innocuous Fox.

The Silent Man
Author: Innocuous Fox.

The Mirror
Author: Innocuous Fox.

The Mirror (2)
Author: Aaron Jennings.

The Mirror (3)
Author: Emil Mogstad.

Lie
Author: Innocuous Fox (?).

Lines in the Sand
Author: MysteryGlobal.

Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory
Author: MysteryGlobal.

The Glass Prison
Author: Unknown.

Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Author: Robert Webster.

The Mirror / Lie / The Glass Prison / This Dying Soul
Author: Unknown.

Endless Sacrifice
Author: Cheesus.

In The Presence Of Enemies Origins
This was sent to me by Alexandre Mantovani (for addition to the DTFAQ)...
Hello folks... On this song analysis I'll try to draw parallels between DT's "In The Presence Of Enemies" and a manhwa (Korean comic book) called Priest. I'd like to begin explaining some points:
- A brief overview of Priest's plot will be given, with links to ITPOE. There won't be a deep analysis of the Priest comic book (this would be appropriate elsewhere).
- Apparently, the song is inspired on the 1st. volume of the comic book (it is possible to identify dialogues of the volume #1 extracted directly to the lyrics of the song).
- The research I've made is not yet finished, since I'm analyzing just the book volume #1. There may be direct references from other Priest volumes in the lyrics of ITPOE.

So let's get started!

About Priest: The comic book has 16 volumes and tells the story of humanity's battle against 12 fallen angels, led by an archangel called Temozarela. Despite having fought by God's side in the battle against Lucifer, Temozarela and his allies realize that God had lost interest in them, turning His attention to humanity. They then decide to rebel against God in light of God's favoritism towards the human race, descending upon Earth to 'play God' among the humans who build a temple and statues for them. For their rebellion and acts against humanity, God destroyed their temple and their statues were cast underground, with their souls being trapped within the statues. The story begins when preacher Ivan Isaacs (the hero) make a terrible mistake: unleashes Temozarela from a prison of hundreds of years. Ivan is then cast onto a cross after witnessing his only love Gena die in his arms. To end this eternal suffering, Ivan denounces God and sells half of his soul to a demon called Belial. By doing this, he gains a second chance of life and reborn as an immortal in the service of Belial, devoting himself for vengeance against Temozarela and his followers.

The song starts similar to the comic book: a narrator telling his memories from the past...
"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"

page 5


"Do you still wait for your God, and the symbol of your faith?"
page 6


"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"

page 7


page 7 is also related to the following lines:

"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"


let's continue...
"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"

page 8


"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 blade
One man rises up standing in their way
Redemption, redemption for humanity"

This part I'd like to link with the events that happen on the next pages of the comic book. Ivan Isaacs is fighting an undead legion sent by Jarbilong, the eleventh fallen angel. Ivan, armed with a gun full of silver bullets, destroys the undead legion and has his first encounter with Jarbilong:
page 10, 11

page 12

page 13

page 14

page 15

page 17

page 18

page 19


entering ITPOE pt. 2...
"Welcome tired pilgrim, into the circle
We have been waiting
Everyone's gathered for your arrival
All the believers"

page 20


"Angels fall all for you, heretic
Demon heart, bleed for us"

There are no direct references with this lines (they illustrate Ivan Isaacs' burden told throughout the book).

"I've been waiting for you, weary preacher man
You have been expected, now we can begin
Let this hallowed 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?"

page 21


"Angels fall all for you, heretic
Demon heart, bleed for us
(My soul is yours Dark Master, I will fight for you)"

Again, no direct references with volume #1... This last line is interesting though, it's a piece of Ivan Isaacs' oath made when he sold half of his soul to Belial. The oath continues:
"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"


The lyrics seem to keep focus on Jarbilong, although the comic book will show him again only at page 113:
"I cannot see his face
But I could feel his spite
A presence from the dead
Abandoned by the light"

page 113


"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 threats
For they are one"

page 148

page 149

Jarbilong is talking to Armandiel, one of the 12 fallen angels. Armandiel is probably the most powerful angel, he helped Temozarela in the battle against Belial centuries before Ivan Isaacs' pilgrimage.

The hiatus between page 21 and page 113 shows a situation where undead servants of Jarbilong are awaken inside a train. This train carried some caskets, Ivan, and federal marshals that had the boss of a criminal group called Lizzie. She becomes important because of her resemblance with Gena, Ivan's lost love. A series of happenings take place, but an important moment occurs when the demon Belial takes control of Ivan's actions (who fights the undead). Links with ITPOE? Check this out:
"Don't bother trying to find them
They will be coming to you
Fight, fight and destroy
Until you can't take anymore"

page 35


"Stay, 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 greatest of all"

I couldn't find direct references in volume #1... =/

"Sold half of my soul
And now it's too late for you"

page 65


"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 once, your time has come"

page 111


The following is a reference to Psalm 23:
"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 enemies blood
I decay in the house of the lord forever, amen
Death will follow me all the days of my life"

Ivan Isaacs reads psalm 23 when he is about to save Lizzie for the 1st time.
page 100

page 101

page 102, 103

page 106


"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 blade
One man rises up standing in their way"

Narrative of some happenings. No direct references...

"(It's time for your reckoning)"
page 86


"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"

Ivan Isaacs is again tormented by Belial. A moment of revolt fills up Ivan's feelings because Belial have had tormented him with what happened to Gena. This happens before Ivan Isaacs save Lizzie for the 2nd time and blow up the train.
page 128
page 129
page 130

The song ends, but the manhwa continues for 15 more volumes telling Ivan Isaacs story and his pilgrimage seeking revenge from Temozarela. Thank you for reading this analysis, and thank you DTFAQ/DTNorway for hosting it, you guys rock!

Forsaken
"Forsaken" seems to be based on "Phantoms" by Ivan Turgenev, which can be read here: http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/t/turgenev/ivan/dream/chapter2.html

In addition to sharing a plot about a man being visited in the night by a vampiress, there are several references to the story within Petrucci's lyrics. Again, here's what I found...

- Forsaken:

For a while I thought I fell asleep
Lying motionless inside a dream

- Turgenev:

"After a little while I fell asleep—or I thought I fell asleep. I had an extraordinary dream."

- Forsaken:

Then rising suddenly
I felt a chilling breath upon me
She softly whispered in my ear
(Forsaken)

- Turgenev:

"...suddenly I gave an involuntary shudder: there was a chilly breath upon me. And then I was not lying down, but sitting up in my bed..."

"All at once I felt that some one had tight hold of me from behind, and was whispering in my very ear..."

- Forsaken:

Forsaken
I have come for you tonight
Awaken
Look in my eyes and take my hand
Give yourself up to me

- Turgenev:

" ‘Give yourself up to me, ‘was whispered me again in reply.

‘Give myself up to you! But you are a phantom; you have no body even.’ A strange animation came upon me. ‘What are you—smoke, air, vapour? Give myself up to you! Answer me first, Who are you? Have you lived upon the earth? Whence have you come?’

‘Give yourself up to me. I will do you no harm. Only say two words: “Take me.”’

- Forsaken:

I waited faithfully
For night to fall again
Trying to silence the fear within me

- Turgenev:

"The day passed somehow. I tried, I remember, to read, to work ... everything was a failure. The night came. My heart was throbbing within me, as though it expected something. I lay down, and turned with my face to the wall."

- Forsaken:

Out of the night and mist
I felt a stinging kiss
And saw a crimson stain on her lips

- Turgenev:

"Her face turned and moved towards my face.... I felt on my lips a strange sensation, like the faintest prick of a soft and delicate sting..."

"Her eyes were closed, and on her tightly shut lips stood a fleck of crimson stain."

- Forsaken:

I have to know your name
Where have I seen your face before
My dear one don't you be afraid

- Turgenev:

"What is your name, or, at least, what was it?"

"‘Don’t be afraid,’ said Alice, ‘don’t be afraid, my dear one!’"

- Forsaken:

Take me far away
Close your eyes
And hold your breath
'Til the ends of the earth

- Turgenev:

"‘I am to blame, I take back my word. Take me away, Alice, I beseech you."

"‘Very well; only shut your eyes and hold your breath.’"

"Let us fly till dawn, that is all. I can bear you away wherever you fancy—to the ends of the earth. Give yourself up to me! Say only: “Take me!”’"

‘Well ... take me!’"

The Dark Eternal Night
"The Dark Eternal Night" is adapted from "Nyarlathotep" by H.P. Lovecraft. You can read it here: http://mythostomes.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=23&Itemid=

There are several near and direct quotes/references from this story in the song. Here's what I found:

- TDEN:

No one dared to
Speak of the terrible danger
The hideous ancient warnings
Forged in the void of night

- Lovecraft:

"I do not recall distinctly when it began, but it was months ago. The general tension was horrible. To a season of political and social upheaval was added a strange and brooding apprehension of hideous physical danger; a danger widespread and all-embracing, such a danger as may be imagined only in the most terrible phantasms of the night. I recall that the people went about with pale and worried faces, and whispered warnings and prophecies which no one dared consciously repeat or acknowledge to himself that he had heard."

- TDEN:

He is risen up
Out of the blackness
Chaos
The last of the prophets
Sinister
A sickening monstrous sight

- Lovecraft:

"He said he had risen up out of the blackness of twenty-seven centuries, and that he had heard messages from places not on this planet. Into the lands of civilisation came Nyarlathotep, swarthy, slender, and sinister..."

"...the crawling chaos..."

- TDEN:

Through the stifling heat
Underneath the pale green moon
I burned with a thirst
To seek things not yet seen
Climbing endless stairs
Leading to the choking room
Eager to explore
His most shocking mysteries

- Lovecraft:

"...through the stifling night and up the endless stairs into the choking room"

"I believe we felt something coming down from the greenish moon..."

"...I burned with eagerness to explore his uttermost mysteries. My friend said they were horrible and impressive beyond my most fevered imaginings; and what was thrown on a screen in the darkened room prophesied things none but Nyarlathotep dared prophesy, and in the sputter of his sparks there was taken from men that which had never been taken before yet which shewed only in the eyes. And I heard it hinted abroad that those who knew Nyarlathotep looked on sights which others saw not."

- TDEN:

Drifting beyond all time
Out of a churning sky
Drawn to the beckoning light
Of the dark eternal night

- Lovecraft:

"...unlighted chambers beyond Time..."

- TDEN:

Black forces
Rage in the vortex
Fighting
Waves of destruction
Swallowing
The echo of the universe

- Lovecraft:

"And I saw the world battling against blackness; against the waves of destruction from ultimate space; whirling, churning, struggling around the dimming, cooling sun."

- TDEN:

I am the last
Born of the blood of the pharaohs
The ultimate god of a rotting creation
Sent to unleash this curse

- Lovecraft:

"I am the last..."

"A sickened, sensitive shadow writhing in hands that are not hands, and whirled blindly past ghastly midnights of rotting creation..."

"And it was then that Nyarlathotep came out of Egypt. Who he was, none could tell, but he was of the old native blood and looked like a Pharaoh."

- TDEN:

Restless crowds draw near
Nameless hooded forms appear
Amidst falling ruins
Grotesque creatures battle
Shadowed on a screen
Yellow evil faces leer
Vacant monuments
Corpses of dead worlds left behind

- Lovecraft:

"It was in the hot autumn that I went through the night with the restless crowds to see Nyarlathotep...And shadowed on a screen, I saw hooded forms amidst ruins, and yellow evil faces peering from behind fallen monuments."

"...corpses of dead worlds..."
"The Dark Eternal Night" is adapted from "Nyarlathotep" by H.P. Lovecraft. You can read it here: http://mythostomes.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=23&Itemid=

There are several near and direct quotes/references from this story in the song. Here's what I found:

- TDEN:

No one dared to
Speak of the terrible danger
The hideous ancient warnings
Forged in the void of night

- Lovecraft:

"I do not recall distinctly when it began, but it was months ago. The general tension was horrible. To a season of political and social upheaval was added a strange and brooding apprehension of hideous physical danger; a danger widespread and all-embracing, such a danger as may be imagined only in the most terrible phantasms of the night. I recall that the people went about with pale and worried faces, and whispered warnings and prophecies which no one dared consciously repeat or acknowledge to himself that he had heard."

- TDEN:

He is risen up
Out of the blackness
Chaos
The last of the prophets
Sinister
A sickening monstrous sight

- Lovecraft:

"He said he had risen up out of the blackness of twenty-seven centuries, and that he had heard messages from places not on this planet. Into the lands of civilisation came Nyarlathotep, swarthy, slender, and sinister..."

"...the crawling chaos..."

- TDEN:

Through the stifling heat
Underneath the pale green moon
I burned with a thirst
To seek things not yet seen
Climbing endless stairs
Leading to the choking room
Eager to explore
His most shocking mysteries

- Lovecraft:

"...through the stifling night and up the endless stairs into the choking room"

"I believe we felt something coming down from the greenish moon..."

"...I burned with eagerness to explore his uttermost mysteries. My friend said they were horrible and impressive beyond my most fevered imaginings; and what was thrown on a screen in the darkened room prophesied things none but Nyarlathotep dared prophesy, and in the sputter of his sparks there was taken from men that which had never been taken before yet which shewed only in the eyes. And I heard it hinted abroad that those who knew Nyarlathotep looked on sights which others saw not."

- TDEN:

Drifting beyond all time
Out of a churning sky
Drawn to the beckoning light
Of the dark eternal night

- Lovecraft:

"...unlighted chambers beyond Time..."

- TDEN:

Black forces
Rage in the vortex
Fighting
Waves of destruction
Swallowing
The echo of the universe

- Lovecraft:

"And I saw the world battling against blackness; against the waves of destruction from ultimate space; whirling, churning, struggling around the dimming, cooling sun."

- TDEN:

I am the last
Born of the blood of the pharaohs
The ultimate god of a rotting creation
Sent to unleash this curse

- Lovecraft:

"I am the last..."

"A sickened, sensitive shadow writhing in hands that are not hands, and whirled blindly past ghastly midnights of rotting creation..."

"And it was then that Nyarlathotep came out of Egypt. Who he was, none could tell, but he was of the old native blood and looked like a Pharaoh."

- TDEN:

Restless crowds draw near
Nameless hooded forms appear
Amidst falling ruins
Grotesque creatures battle
Shadowed on a screen
Yellow evil faces leer
Vacant monuments
Corpses of dead worlds left behind

- Lovecraft:

"It was in the hot autumn that I went through the night with the restless crowds to see Nyarlathotep...And shadowed on a screen, I saw hooded forms amidst ruins, and yellow evil faces peering from behind fallen monuments."

"...corpses of dead worlds..."