Label: One Way Records - MCAD-22190 • Format: CD Album, Reissue • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Progressive Metal
The Killing Hand is a song by Dream Theater. It is the fourth track on their first album, When Dream and Day Unite. The song is very popular when played live. The Killing Hand - Dream Theater - When Dream And Day Unite Killing Hand is one of the band's earliest forays into science fiction. The story is rather abstract, and Petrucci admits it doesn't make much sense but it "sounded cool at the time. He travels back in time which Petrucci interpreted as swimming to the bottom of the sea [hence the lyric] and through to the other sidethough he Nothing To Say - The Capitol Years - Let Them Drink intangible and unable to affect the past.
Eventually, he discovers the deaths were atrributable to a despot, whom he dubs "The Killing Hand" The character begs the Gods above to become tangible and assassinates this person. The character returns to the present and returns to the memorials described at the beginning of the song. He suddenly notices that one more name appears as the last victim of the massacre - his own name implying that the reason he was by himself in the beginning is because he was the person killing everybody so in effect the character travelled back in time and killed another version of himself.
As a longer The Killing Hand - Dream Theater - When Dream And Day Unite , The Killing Hand is an almost textbook example of progressive songwriting. The song has an extended length and is broken in to several sections, with instrumental passages and solos as well as a multi-part storyline. As with many of the songs on When Dream and Day UniteThe Killing Hand is not performed very often, though it enjoys a higher level of popularity than many of the songs from that album.
Unusually, hearing the song in it's original state live is quite rare. Early versions of the song had Dominici playing the intro guitar, though later the acoustic section had been removed and replaced by a new intro the band refers to as "Another Hand".
Live performances of the song without the "Another Hand" intro are rare, though they did perform the song in its original form for When Dream and Day Reunite. Live performances are also notable for the extended instrumental sections, occasionally including other songs such as "Carol of the Bells" during Petrucci's solo.
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