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Friday, November 21, 2008

November Rain................

Without you inspired someone from G 'n' R to write November rain. The story is a classic, but little read. The song is legendary and never ignored. Beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder. Well, after listening to this song, i beg to differ. At least, i have an exception.

When I look into your eyes
I can see a love restrained
But darlin' when I hold you
Don't you know I feel the same

Nothin' lasts forever
And we both know hearts can change
And it's hard to hold a candle
In the cold November rain

We've been through this such a long long time
Just tryin' to kill the pain

But lovers always come and lovers always go
An no one's really sure who's lettin' go today
Walking away

If we could take the time
to lay it on the line
I could rest my head
Just knowin' that you were mine
All mine
So if you want to love me
then darlin' don't refrain
Or I'll just end up walkin'
In the cold November rain

Do you need some time...on your own
Do you need some time...all alone
Everybody needs some time...
on their own
Don't you know you need some time...all alone

I know it's hard to keep an open heart
When even friends seem out to harm you
But if you could heal a broken heart
Wouldn't time be out to charm you

Sometimes I need some time...on my
Sometimes I need some time...all alone
Everybody needs some time...
on their own
Don't you know you need some time...all alone

And when your fears subside
And shadows still remain
I know that you can love me
When there's no one left to blame
So never mind the darkness
We still can find a way
Nothin' lasts forever
Even cold November rain

Don't ya think that you need somebody
Don't ya think that you need someone
Everybody needs somebody
You're not the only one
You're not the only one

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Auf Wiedersehen

Angry feet
even before break of dawn
one more light vanishes
out of our life it has gone.

sweat glistens off the brow
release of frantic fury
clocks deny the pause of time
and words misspell the agony in my rhyme

bright mind,
pride of the family
mutilated body
no eye wants to see

tears choke words
lamentations in silence heard
sleep does not come to the loving mother
a part of her heart is sheared

who is to blame
for lives these tragedies claim,
when the death knell sounds
nothing remains the same

Slip away in the sands of time
be one with nothing
your liberation it is we wish
and farewell to you we sing.

cant help my clenched fist
neither the helpless mind
looking at the horizon,
for any solace i can find.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Why do you hesitate?
Why do your lips quiver,
To say the undeniable?

Why do you shy away?
Why does your hand tremble,
To nestle my soul???

Monday, November 3, 2008

In my darkest hour............

when i put the nib to papyrus,
the pen fails me
And the ink flows in vain

i look around, at people fighting
and my senses fail me
will the blood stop the pain

From the scroll of ancient stone
wisdom flows unwalled
words undeciphered

once discovered, views they twist
ordeals ordered and caused
chaos unleashed

signals from the brain
thoughts they converge into
character arise

enforced they cannot be
on a souls will
logic, this friction defies.

lines drawn over lands vast
barbs separate soul and heart
flowers wither in gardens

bullets fly across those lines
a gory testimony to someones start
metal pierces the very breast that pardons

fires for warmth and life
light shows the way
for us to march on

blazes from the fire torch
mould of the human clay
charring the shoulder you cry on

sky above you, same for all
faith you keep close to skin
strength in storms

but belief when blinded
tears open the sky within.
dismisses humanity's norms.

pictures we live with are
illusions needed for species to sustain
feet trudging on ether

to reality be the frames rooted
as true as the moist earth when touched by the rain
trust deep down may it aver.

Systematic Chaos

Alright, lets get things straight first!
I am not here to write a "review" of the album "Systematic Chaos", but merely to present the humble opinion i have about this latest musical precipitate from the solution called Dream Theater. A dumb ass like me could never write a review for the band of that talent and intensity in this life time at least. So, lets get started.

There are 8 tracks on this album 3 are over 15 minutes long. Yeah, that should not come as a surprise to any DT fan, why do i remember some song raging on for about 24 minutes...........:D. Point to be made is that DT's ways are intact. they have not changed one bit which is a very good sign.

What has changed, is the influences or rather the weight of influences their music shows. This record is more metal than progressive. The album openers, "In the presence of my Enemy" parts 1&2 are typical DT songs, very long and featuring lotsa virtuoso soloing. They are a pleasure to listen to, is what i can say at the least.

But the major change, or the weight of influence , which i was talking about earlier, is seen in the 3rd track "Forsken". The opening riff is very catchy, the music is more metal and straight forward. Of course solos are not missed here too, courtesy the genius known to us mortals as Jordan Rudess.

Which brings me to a very important point here. That being Jordan's musical influence over DT's music and his command of his instrument. The magic created by the keyboards is just inescapable, and rather than overpowering the song (which John Petrucci's guitar is sometimes known to do), it just intertwines beautifully with the track, providing a shade or texture to the track. Its more like Hans Zimmer dishing out the soundtrack of "Pearl Harbour". Amazing. Dare i say, that Jordan Rudess is the best keyboard player alive in our time??? Won't be too far fetched i think.

Next up, the track "Constant Motion". Here the thrash metal touches are even more evident. straightup riffs, and even growling, courtesy my favourite drummer , Mike Portnoy. Throughout the entire albums, Mike has ably backed up James La brie in the vocal section. James, a genius vocalist himself, more than justifies his place in DT. After taking a lot of potshots, i think he has done much more than enough to shut peoples mouth up. Sheer magic!

The next 2 songs, "The dark Eternal Night" and "Prophets of war" too have visible metal influences. But here the band is back in its own groove, progging what they prog the best!

But the absolute favourite, the piece-de-resistance, the coup-de-grace of this album, according to me is the last track "The Ministry of Lost souls". This is DT at its best. On top of its game. Justifying their place as one of the best bands around. The melody, vocals, keyboards all just come together real good. This song is to be heard to be believed!

So all in all i think, a very very good album from DT. Its my favourite this winter, thats what i can surely say.Enjoy!!!