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I've always thought it lacked the tempo and ferocity it gains when played live.
I pretty much agree with what ThinWhiteDuke87 said on this thread:
"STS" just doesn't sound right without that very insistent pace, almost hammering the lyrics in . . . kind of like a chant, almost, and with all the kabbalah/black magic references, it's like a cult thing. That’s definitely like nothing I've heard in modern rock music.
The whole thing is of course a matter of preference, but I prefer the album version's tempo.
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