I remember reading an interview once (I think it was with the Flaming Lips, or someone else I never listened to) where the songwriter said that, despite having more instruments in the band, they wrote everything with acoustic guitars. The theory was that if the song didn't work with just the notes on a simple instrument, it wouldn't truly work in the final composition. This isn't always true; shredding, pinch harmonics, and some heavy guitar work require the full instrument to function at all. However, taking a weak melody and turning it up to 11 in composition doesn't make a good song, it just makes a bad song loud. For this reason, a cross-genre cover only works when there's music underneath. I really like these covers, because they help to draw out art that you may have missed in the midst of the metal. They're great for explaining your passion to non metalheads. When your mom says it's all noise, point her to a piano cover and watch her cry. Then, show her how that magic comes through in the metal voicing. Myself as well! Dream Oblivion, when they first sampled it, was...interesting? It made me nervous about the album at first, but I later realized it was a unique, amazing excursion amidst an album that was still recognizably DT. This was a song written by Daniel, and he has more than soothed my nervousness about the lineup change; I'm ecstatic to have him in the band, and I look forward to his future work. Based on the brainfuck of Dream Oblivion, he may be completely insane, but he's welcome to work his magic on me any time. I also thought Shadow in Our Blood was the weak track on the album. Having given it a solid, critical listen, I realize this album has no weaknesses. Taking the time to dig through each song note by note, I'm amazed at what I'm learning and how my understanding of the work has deepened. Even if it benefits no one else, this exercise has been incredibly instructive for me! I have added the "Didactic notes" section where appropriate to point out, in prose, some of the moments I find most interesting as ideas for future songwriting. I don't write, but I keep finding neat ideas that I want to share. I hope it does benefit someone else, though, because complex type-setting on UltimateMetal is infuriating. It doesn't respect the fixed width of most fixed-width fonts (except for Courier New, mysteriously), and it "helpfully" removes double spaces, making tabbing difficult.