If there was an over-arching theme to Compiling Autumn, it was that of Discordance Axis finally pulling together as a unit for the first time when they wrote The Inalienable Dreamless. Jon Chang finally felt like Rob Marton and Dave Witte had fully bought into his vision for the band and eased up his dictatorial micromanaging, letting the musical contingent of the band express themselves more. It wasn't entirely a smooth transition. Case in point, "A Leaden Stride to Nowhere." A much abbreviated version of the song originally appeared on the Necropolitan EP, and Witte and Marton admit it was a bit of a joke, something intentionally meant to irritate Chang. Much to their surprise, he enjoyed it and one of DxAx's extremely rare, and most distinctive, non-grind moments was born. It may have been a lark, but Witte said this one of the most demanding songs in the band's catalog.