[This is my earliest draft, and it is also just the title. That's it. I had planned to do a series of shorter articles high-lighting a particular single song, but that never really got off the ground - one of the many casualties of the MiM Year. The following is a very brief summation of what I intended to say.]
Marked As His Equal is a band that I’ve heard great things about, but never listened to too much, and due to shenanigans, I wasn’t able to see him at Wrockstock IV. This song makes me wish I had expended more effort to listen to his stuff. Off of the massively underrated charity comp, From Beneath These Ashes, “Scream” is a fun, fast-paced
ukelele [mandolin, thanks, Sam!] song with highly competent lyrics and rather catchy singing. Also, male voice soloing over uke [and things that sound like ukes] is rather rare for wizard voice. The true brilliance of this song, though, is in the delivery, something that could never be expressed by just writing out the lyrics. Appropriately enough, considering the title, the song ramps up over its duration, and the singing increases in fervor and passion, until the originally tuneful singing is being SCREAMED at the listener, and I absolutely fucking love it.
A whole album of this? No, definitely not. A whole song of just the last thirty seconds? Also no. But “Scream” is constructed just about perfectly, and the whole piece works together beautifully. This song, and this whole album in general, has long been a favorite of mine, and one I’ve never seen anyone else really talking about. I’m not sure at all about the availability of either the album or just the individual song, but if you can track down a copy, snag one.