But because these missionaries acted before they understood the full picture, they ruined their testimony and lost glorious opportunities to bring the Gospel to places where it was needed so badly. These sincere men and women were trying to take ground for the Kingdom of God that they really knew nothing about. It is very unwise and a waste of Kingdom resources of money and time to start fantastic projects without first understanding the challenges, risks, and dangers.
Many people have been hurt because of someone getting in a hurry and Serpents In Camouflage too quickly. Denise and I knew that moving slower may take more time initially — but in the end, it would produce more stable, serious, and lasting results. Only then would we make announcements concerning our plans. Most mistakes in forging new territory for the Gospel are avoidable.
Your part is to move forward by His grace and according to His guidance. As you do, you will be well able to secure the victory He has planned for you in that new territory and season. So I strongly advise you to take your time in any new venture for Jesus — and be sure of the actions you take. Before you act on that opportunity publicly, I suggest that you first do the following:.
Then when the right moment comes and opportunity strikes, you can seize your divine moment with the grace and favor of God! Father, You are the ultimate Strategist, and You leave no detail unattended in Your great plan!
As I follow your specific instructions, I will be able to avoid unnecessary difficulties or destruction. Lord, I ask You to show me Your ways and grant me a wise and understanding heart.
Teach me how to walk in great discretion with accurate discernment. Thank You for giving me the wisdom I need for each venture You have set before me. Then when the time is right, I will seize the moment by Your grace to fulfill the outcome You desire. I confess that I am as wise as a serpent yet harmless as a dove. Your gentleness, oh, Lord, has made me great! You give me wisdom and sound counsel before I publicly act on my God-given opportunities. I follow the strategies of God whil e remaining discerning of and alert to the tactics of the enemy.
I take time to understand my God-given opportunity, and I make sure that I am completely informed of all the facts I need to help me adjust smoothly and move forward in fulfilling my assignment without unnecessary delays or detours. I think the vocal melodies are weak and I have a hard time remembering any of them when the album is finished. The vocalist Cyrus has a voice that reminds me of a soar throated Peter Gabriel. The music is worth 4 stars in my book but I would only give the vocals 2 stars so this will be a 3 star album.
I think Marillion fans should check this out though and Genesis fans tooas you might not have the same problems with the vocals as I do. I'm not sure if Citizen Cain's purpose was to pay tribute to these two great bands, a response to what those bands had deteriorated into, or a lack of originality.
On the surface, the similarities are quite alarming and may distract some listeners. However, if you delve deeper and listen more closely to Citizen Cain's music, you may notice that Cyrus' delivery is different from Gabriel or Fish. Yes, his vocal tone is the same, Serpents In Camouflage, but he seems very monotonic and often lacks melody.
In this regard, he has more in common with IQ's singer, Peter Nicholls. Another most interesting point is that Citizen Cain's music makes use of a drum machine. They certainly programmed them well enough that most listeners don't even notice them. Drummer Chris Colvin appears in the credits, but he only performs on the demo bonus track of Stab in the Back. And finally, the lyrics are often dark and seem more structured than Gabriel's were.
If you can't get past the clone-like nature of the music, you probably should avoid. I personally think there's enough different about Citizen Cain that I consider much of what they've done to be quite original.
An excellent four-star debut in my book. Certainly the fact that Cyrus voice sounds like Gabriel helped, but the overall musicanship and songwriting is great actually it had to bewith some fine keyboards and guitar interplay.
Serpents In Camouflage is an album that really surprised me a lot, specially because it came out in a time that prog music was only beginning to rise again.
With long songs, clever arrangements and interesting lyrics, the group found its way to many progheads, including me. Unfortunatly their follow up CDs would not be as good, in my opinion. I guess they wanted to do something diferent and follow that path. Anyway, I still love this record and it is one fine piece of symphonic rock that has not dated since its release. Highly recommended for Genesis fans in particular and progheads in general.
I know Serpents In Camouflage this might be a mixing problem. But, overall, it does not hamper the overall music. The key to the music is on Gabriel-like voice line and significant use of keyboards throughout the album with some guitar fills.
If you like Genesis Gabriel era, this album serves the purpose. The opening track "Stab In The Back" is truly an excellent symphonic prog rock with nice melody while rhythm section is dominated by beautiful combination of guitar fills and pulsating keyboard work. The song flows nicely from one segment to another, accompanying excellent vocal line of Cyrus.
The song also provides nice musical breaks with catchy guitar fills and keyboard work. The combined work of guitar and keyboard is really stunning. The next track "Liquid Kings" moves in similar vein but the electric drumming is more dynamic and electric guitar work reminds me to IQ, especially when it's combined with keyboard at intro part of the song. Guitar is now given more chance to perform melody in thin sound.
The keyboard that follows reminds me to Marillion's "Garden Party". There are couple of breaks that demonstrate keyboard solo, reminds me to IQ music. You will agree with me that Cyrus singing style is pretty similar with Gabriel. The song has interlude that reminds me to IQ kind of music. The guitar fills remind me to Steve Hackett. The music moves combining high drive part with some breaks in Genesis style. The guitar solo with thin sound in the middle of the track is stunning - even though not that long.
The part with flute section is really great. The album title track "Serpents In Camouflage" is also an excellent composition that deserves much attention. The album concludes with "Nightlights - As The Wheel Turns" in mellow style at opening and it then moves in upbeat mode. Unfortunately the recording quality is not that good. There is a bonus track, a demo version of "Stab In The Back" performed live, recorded in not that good sound quality.
Overall, this is "musically" an excellent progressive music collection even though the music is not that original, many influences from other legendary bands. The record quality is not that good. I merely rate the album from musical point of view, so it deserves four stars. Keep on proggin'.!
Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW i-Rock! The musicianship,the ideas and the compositional skills of the band are certainly awesome. However,those who dislike bands with lack of originality might turn their back on them.
The disk starts with the powerful "Stab in the Back" and it's pompous intro, which leads after some seconds to a very nice section where all the band show their skills, it's not necessary to mention that "Cyrus" has a vocal range that is close to Gabriel, Fish and Collins from A Trick of the Tailbut that's where the similarities end, their music is less complex but much more fluid than GENESIS or MARILLION, and the keyboard style is absolutely different to "Banks" or "Kelly" "Liquid Kings" begins with a strong guitar and bass intro, but soon the keyboard and percussion join to create an atmosphere that floats between the limit that divides Neo Prog from Symphonic.
In this song for the first time we notice how skilled "Stewart Bell" is, because his organ performance is absolutely gratifying, Serpents In Camouflage if you add the hard edged and slightly distorted guitar, we are in front of a great composition, the best up to his point. Despite the soft piano intro, that leads the listener to expect a simple melodic track, "Dance of the Unicorn" is a complex song that goes "in crescendo" almost from the start, until they reach a point where all the power is released, but always controlling themselves to avoid turning into a Hard Rock track.
The title song is far too elaborate and complex to even try to describe it, so I will only say that it has all the possible moods and atmospheres taking the listener from a calmed section to a frenetic keyboard passage in a matter of seconds and with absolute coherence. Pure Progressive Rock. The last official song is "Nightlights - As The Wheel Turns", another elaborate composition in which the band shows how versatile they are, jumping from calmed to breathtaking moments, a solid end for the album.
In my CD there's a bonus version of "Stab in the Back", but as usual I refuse to review material that wasn't created Serpents In Camouflage the original release. Now, to be honest, "Serpents in Camouflage" is not as strong as "Somewhere but Yesterday", but still I don't dare to rate it with less than 4 stars without feeling unfair.
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The Celts associated snakes with wisdom, fertility and immortality, and tended to connect them with healing pools and water. Their altars too had snakes inscribed on them frequently. Norse mythology also incorporates serpents.
Jormungand was the serpent that guards Midgard. Its body forms a circle around the whole of Midgard, the home of humankind. Native American Indian tribes regarded the snake as a symbol of fertility and rebirth. In their mythology, Unhcegila was Serpents In Camouflage giant serpent-like creature that could swallow a human in one gulp!
Native American mythology also included a symbol that represented a snake deity called Avanyu that brought storms to the land. Even in the present day, serpents appear in the symbol representing the medical fraternity: two snakes wrapped around a staff. Otherwise known as Caduceusthe symbol represents the staff of Hermes. The snakes entwined around his staff, which he separated in a fight, came to represent harmony. For those who are terrified of the ancient bearer of good and evil, serpents are unfortunately here to stay and cannot be eradicated from the planet magically, though St.
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