Dust, the last leg of the Journey's End trilogy, also proved to be a last in other, unforseen, ways: it was the last studio album to feature Payne, Read, Storey and (at least for now) Godfrey. An arduous writing and recording schedule began in the summer of 2014 at their newly fitted studio in Netzschkau, East Germany, and finally completed back at The Lodge back in Northampton in December the following year, too late for the start of their visually spectacular supporting tour.
The album was released the same date Robert John Godfrey played his final UK live show with the band at Cadogan Hall, London, in April 2016. Despite its troubled gestation, Dust is by no means without merit. There are moments of Enid magnificence (Born in the Fire, When the World is Full) and some sterling, anthemic songwriting (Someone Shall Rise, Monsters). However, as with The Bridge, there are some divisive moments, too (the infectuous West End musical-like Trophy proved a step too far for some). It's not entirely inappropriate to say Dust was not the Trilogy's finale hoped for; for that we await, with baited breath, the arrival of Resurgency in 2017 to reset the clock.
1. Born in the Fire
Robert John Godfrey Keyboards and Orchestral Arrangements
Recorded at The Lodge Recording Studio, Northampton (UK) and Netzschkau (Germany), August 2014 to December 2015
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