on February 8, 2019 | Last updated February 8, 2019
Dream TheaterEndless Sacrifice
Release Type: User Audio Type: Partial multitracks Reductions: Yes (Authored) Pitched Vocals: Yes Vocals Gender: Male (2)
2019-02-08: v1 (album release)
Drums, drum animations, and tempo map by Grinnz; Pro Keys and QA by Mazegeek999; rest by Onyxite.
The closest thing to a power ballad on the album, Endless Sacrifice is a song written by Petrucci about his relationship with his wife, and how they've survived extensive separation from his constant touring with the band. The first section of the song keeps a much slower tempo than much of the rest of the album, but alternates between somber, quiet verses, and raging, loud choruses.
The middle instrumental section immediately bumps up the speed, and introduces two key riffs that it will then alternate between. A tricky guitar/keys/bass unison section leads into one of Rudess' wackier keyboard breaks, and then a set of dueling keys and guitar solos, with a tense guitar/keys unison at the end. The final section of the song sees vocals returning in a modified format where the tempo of the first section alternates between normal and double time, and finally we end with the only Big Rock Ending on the album, one of only two on DT studio albums as far as I know (the other being In the Presence of Enemies, Part 2).
Guitar tuning: D standard (D G C F A D)
Bass tuning: 6-string with low D (D E A D G C)