Well, (greetings from MS back to you Zeraphine
Nice of you to join us!
) I think The Shining Path is one of the best on WoG. First of all, it's the perfect opening of an album, the powerful choirs just send shivers down my spine every time I hear it. Second of all, it has the perfect fusion of all vocal types - Vibeke again contributes to the song's atmosphere with her voice, that sounds vigorous and tired at the same time, like a sound of pure resignation veiled in anger. Kjetil's growls are the opposite of Vibeke's and that is how this song is in a way cyclic, it rounds in the circle of despair and anger. And the choirs just kick in as the linkin part between those two aspects/voices.
And somehow I keep connecting The Shining Path with Crushed Dreams (my fave song on this album) into a cyclic form; both songs are somehow similar in its concept and form and the album therefore starts and ends on the same point, like a cyclic drama.