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Dream Theater - "In the Name of God"
on February 8, 2019 | Last updated February 8, 2019
Dream TheaterIn the Name of God
Release Type: User Audio Type: Partial multitracks Reductions: Yes (Authored) Pitched Vocals: Yes Vocals Gender: Male (3)
2019-02-08: v1 (album release)
Drums, drum animations, and tempo map by Grinnz; QA by Mazegeek999; rest by Onyxite.
Departing somewhat from the album's theme of personal hardships, In the Name of God closes it out with a more general/societal topic of religious fundamentalism, with lyrics concerning modern religious terrorism, medieval crusades, suicidal cults, and theocratic societies. Being written in 2003, 9/11 was still fresh in recent memory, though the NYC-based band would write their more direct response to the attacks, Sacrificed Sons, on the next album, with a more somber but sympathetic message.
At 14:16 it's the longest on the album, though not even close to the longest DT songs. The vocal sections of the song have a unique structure that switches between two entirely different sets of keys, tempos, and time signatures, with the slow 4/4 verses in the C "Phrygian dominant" scale giving it a somewhat Arabic sound, and the choruses and bridge switching to F minor in a 6/8 feel. In addition, after the third chorus the song switches gears dramatically and starts building up from a bass/drums breakdown towards a climax with thunderous screamed backing vocals. All of this gives the song a feeling of being composed of several movements, even though none are officially listed.
Guitar tuning: C standard (C F Bb Eb G C)
Bass tuning: 6-string with low C (C E A D G C)