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  • Broken Base: Over the Genre Shift.
  • Epic Riff: "Fragile Dreams".
  • Even Better Sequel: Weather Systems to We're Here Because We're Here. Reviews describe it as taking everything that made WHBWH good and going even further.
  • Face of the Band: Vincent Cavanagh, as well as guitarist and main songwriter Danny Cavanagh. Lee Douglas has also become more prominent since joining the band as a full-time member, and nowadays the three represent the band as a trio. However, most people won't be able to identify the Cavanaghs' bassist brother, nor long-time member John Douglas.
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  • Funny Moments: "Judgment" is a really bitter song... that ends with a Record Needle Scratch.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The band has had much more commercial success in various parts of Europe than in their home country.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • "Ariel", written by Danny for his daughter.
    • The concept of The Optimist. Whereas A Fine Day to Exit was the loose story of a man being pushed to brink of suicidal depression, The Optimist is about his newfound will to live and his journey home.
  • Mondegreen: "The Lost Song Part 3" has the same unfortunate problem that a lot of other things containing the word "souls" have.
  • Signature Song: "Sleepless" and "Fragile Dreams" from their metal period, "Untouchable, Part 1" and "Thin Air" from the Kscope years.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: Plenty to be found on their Kscope albums.
    • Even before that, there was "Violence", the 10-minute instrumental piece that concludes A Natural Disaster. Coming after the forlorn "Electricity", it's also a massive Tear Jerker in context.
  • Tear Jerker: So many of their songs are this trope that it's hard to choose a specific one as an example.
    • The music video for "Dreaming Light", the pinnacle of the mood and genre shift.
    • All three parts of "The Lost Song", but mainly Part 1 and Part 2.
    • Both parts of "Untouchable".
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Their shift from death/doom/gothic metal to atmospheric rock had this effect, possibly even more so than the various shifts in genre Paradise Lost made.

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