The Ballad has got to be one of my favorite songs of theirs, a powerful sweeping song, rising and reaching an amazing climax. They can do really beautiful ass kicking songs, like Return to Serenity and The Legacy. Even the opening track from The New Order makes me go through flashbacks of a certain arcade game I used to play at the video store down the street in grade school. Into the Pit reminds me of the `Pit of Animosity', a running gag amongst my friends during high school from the old BBS days. But none hold a candle to Hypnosis.
No, no link to lyrics. Instrumental. Two minutes and four seconds of a guitar wailing into a storm. That song was my meditative mantra for years. During a divorce, loss of a friend, school problems, other family problems, or any sort of pain, I just threw that song on repeat mode over and over and over and over again for hours while I aligned my chakras and cleansed my aura and transcended my flesh and bone. Well, maybe not all of that, but it was my spiritual metal track. My equivalent of `The Eternal Ohm', pushing me through anything. If I were a guitar player, I could probably play it in my sleep, I've heard it so many times.
Yeah, I know it's lame. A random short instrumental track from a forgotten thrash metal band from the eighties, being my gateway to a higher paradigm.