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5 stars This is one of the few real prog gems of the eighties. Much has been said about the music here, so I'll analyse more properly the lyrics.

Influenced mainly by Yes, I think, the lyrics here are always dreamy and complex, and can be regarded in different points of view. Although it's not a concept album, all the lyrics have a certain unity, and deal about the apocalypse, or perhaps a great catastrophe that leaves the world with only a few inhabitants (funny, that remembers me some Kurt Vonnegut's novels, especially Galápagos). The title o the album, itself, means "After the End". Now I'll translate the lyrics of the album, considering the amount of non-Portuguese speakers who know this album, and then comment about them. I'll put together the moment when each section of lyrics begin.

Smog Alado (Winged Smog) (1:31)In the clear darkness, an enormous serpent roams, moving heavy airs. Inside the red rivers, and the cave perfumed by the winged smog. (2:30)Fight against the cauldron of the witch, who created the enchanted chord. Beginning of the end of boiling.

This is probably about the beginning of that catastrophe that can be seen on the other songs. It's also about the dark and strange world that will be formed after the destruction.

Pássaro de Luz (Bird of Light) (0:05)Appears in the sky a bird of light, which illuminates the sun, colours the grounds, comes from far further than the stars. It comes to seed the peace that shines from him, and bless our world... (0:54)It will make the shapes of the clouds become real. More than a simple dream, it is tomorrow.

This simple and beautiful song is about the earth's nature, and the light, in opposition to the darkness of Smog Alado. However, the peace and the light will not triumph, as we see on

Último Entardecer (Last Sunset) (1:30)The blood emerges in the horizon, as life gores in the street, the souls lock themselves in the bodies, which, mad, throw themselves to the moon. (4:31)Twilight evolves the earth. Fear is in the air. The world is evolved in a darkness that may never end. (7:11)In the night full of darkness a prayer is raised to the skies, requesting the restart of life. In a new dawning.

Here we have, very clearly, a vision of apocalypse, or something like that. The instrumental parts represent it, too, in an interesting style.

Depois do Fim (After the End) (1:06)The four knights are gone, now the terrible mission has finished. Look what's left in the earth. If we regard the earth, now we comprehend why the ones who lived would cry, lamenting the sad fortune that fate has reserved. (4:13)Remember the children who will be born in the future Find some stone, there we must write words forgotten with time. A message to the future, a past to the present.

This song quotes the four knights of the apocalypse, and shows the vision of people who witnessed Armageddon and, worse still, survived it. It gives a cohesion to the lyrics of the other songs, as this one is about how people feel after all the facts showed before.

Lyrics reviewer | 5/5 |


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