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Dream Theater - "The Necromancer" (Rush cover)

I. Into Darkness

As grey traces of dawn tinge the eastern sky, the three travelers, men of Willow Dale, emerge from the forest shadow. Fording the River Dawn, they turn south, journeying into the dark and forbidding lands of the Necromancer. Even now the intensity of his dread power can be felt, weakening the body and saddening the heart. Ultimately they will become empty, mindless spectres. Stripped of will and soul. Only a thirst for freedom gives them hunger for vengeance...

Silence shrouds the forest
As the birds announce the dawn
Three travellers ford the river
And southward journey on
The road is lined with peril
The air is charged with fear
The shadow of his nearness
Weighs like iron tears

II. Under the Shadow

Shreds of black cloud loom in overcast skies, the Necromancer keeps watch with his magic prism eyes. He views all his lands and is already aware of the three helpless invaders trapped in his lair...

Brooding in the tower
Watching o’er his land
Holding every creature
Helplessly they stand
Gaze into his prisms
Knowing they are near
Lead them to the dungeons
Spectres numb with fear
They bow defeated

III. Return of the Prince

Enter, the Champion, Prince By-Tor appears to battle for freedom from chains of long years. The spell has been broken... the Dark Lands are bright, the Wraith of the Necromancer soars away... in the night.

Stealthily attacking
By-Tor slays his foe
The men are free to run now
From labyrinths below
The Wraith of Necromancer
Shadows through the sky
Another land to darken
With evil prism eye...

Παρακολουθήστε τους Dream Theater να διασκευάζουν "ζωντανά" το έπος των Rush, "The Necromancer", από τον "μυθικό" δίσκο των Καναδών progsters "Caress of steel". Πότε συνέβησαν όλα αυτά; Το καλοκαίρι (11 Ιουλίου) του 2003, με τον τότε drummer της Αμερικάνικης μπάντας να θυμάται...

Mike Portnoy: «Through all my years in Dream Theater, as the Setlist writer in the band I would always throw in occasional one-off Rush Covers into the setlists... It was a tradition every time we played in Toronto as I threw in “Jacobs Ladder”, “A Passage to Bangkok” and “The Camera Eye” throughout the years at our Toronto shows.

We also covered “Different Strings”, “Tears”, "2112: Grand Finale" and excerpts of “Working Man”, “By Tor and The Snow Dog”, “The Analog Kid” and “La Villa Strangiato” through the years as well...

But there was one evening in the summer of 2003 when we were playing at the Jones Beach Amphitheater in New York, that I decided to throw in a real deep Rush gemstone to the completely unsuspecting audience... and later that Christmas, I posted a video from my archives to share it with everybody as a Holiday gift.

I think with Neil’s passing it seems like a timely time to re-share this DT rarity from my archives as a tribute to our biggest influences and our fallen hero...here is DT’s 2003 rendition of Rush’s 1975 classic deep cut: The Necromancer.»

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