Having been introduced to the Darkwave/Goth band the Crüxshadows courtesy of John Ringo’s books, it was now off to the races to find more of their stuff, and so I stumbled, not into Ethernaut, from which “Winterborn” and “Citadel” were pulled, but one of their remix albums Frozen Embers.

There are a few interesting retakes here, but my favorite in many ways is the only remix I like of Return – the Assemblage 23 remix. Since Ethernaut went with a Trojan War theme, and given their penchant to refer to myth and religion, I’m fairly sure the song refers to, or was inspired by, Odysseus.

Return (Coming Home) I've seen the terrible hand of struggle and felt the pain the hubris brings I have tasted the wisdom of divinity and the horror of its sting And though they tell you i am lost and their words report my death is come the fates have left me breathing still very much alive And though my mind is cut by battles fought so long ago I return victorious I am coming home And if the paths that I have followed have tread against the flow there is no need for sorrow I am coming home For the distance I have traveled upon an ocean of despair have led me back into your arms once more an answer to a little prayer