Song: “The Phalanx”
Album: In The Court of The Dragon
Release Date: October 8th, 2021
Label: Roadrunner Records
Bassist Paolo Gregoletto said of it:
“‘The Phalanx‘ was like an old muscle car sitting in the driveway with no engine. It was a demo from Shogun that had the middle section removed for another song (‘Torn Between Scylla And Charybdis‘), demoed again on Silence In The Snow but ultimately scrapped, and now it has found its home on the new album.
Once we knew the album was going in a more epic, proggy direction, I immediately thought of the song and pitched the idea to the others. With a few minor changes to some chorus parts, a brand middle section, and the orchestrations from Ihsahn, ‘The Phalanx‘ was reborn. It’s got a lot of new and old riffs and I think you should dig this if you liked ‘Shogun‘.”