Obliterates your meaning
Mausoleum shows us just how crucial every part of the song is for overall enjoyment.
Brilliant, evil intro (love that effect-heavy guitar) that leads right into a driving verse full of force. After the great verse we are treated to the song’s highlight: the absolutely gorgeous bridge full of angular rhythm and James’ machinegun vocal delivery which sounds just as menacing, insane and threatening each and every time – the brilliant lyrics help (on the other hand, the verse lyrics are a bit cringy). Aaaaand then we come to the chorus that doesn’t really offer any of the jagged, thorned mood of the rest of the song and strolls along. It strolls along fine but dammit, that’s a huge drop in atmosphere. Not to mention the rather poor outro.
Mausoleum had every chance to become one of my favourite cuts from The Holy Bible but the relative ‘normality’ of the chorus really hurts.
The demo found on the 10th anniversary re-release of the album carries a slightly different vocal rhythm on the bridge. It’s slightly disjointed and unfocused.