I realise that Anderson singing "armies gather near", and that makes sense since it rhymes with "their morals disappear", but on the studio version it really, really sounds like he's singing "armies scatter the earth". That's what I've heard since the first time I heard the song. He definitely says "gather near" on every live recording I've ever heard, though (which is about a dozen of them by this point). Incidentally, I'm pretty sure the expanded instrumental midsection in the live versions was the basis for part of "Mind Drive". Squire plays almost note-for-note the same bass line.
Band maintains its sound; creating music is about one key for all the albums. It should be noted that the team is trying to squeeze out all the creative juices, the entire potential. The band is still very, very recognizable. However, looking at the membership does not have to wonder.
for me--and this is the case for yes--seeing them live far outstrips anylive recording of them--cant catch the dynamics of a live show but the recording is a nice reminder of the experience--saw them do this a couple times---great band