"Vanquished are the fires in the eyes of the friends I knew. Just as they are deafened to my wasted breath." A truth first depressing, and yet, like other Thou material, I am not weaker when listening ... They are making me perceive the fires not vanquished. Or perhaps other gestures than exhaling words that would reignite fires? So massive this album, like everything else this band makes. How wonderful that such doomy music can inspire raging hope and determination!