Dream Theater
Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory


5.0
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by IamMe90 USER (2 Reviews)
August 17th, 2009 | 22 replies | 5,546 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Scenes From A Memory" is Dream Theater's triumphant return to the throne of the prog kingdom, laden with profound themes and aurally titillating sounds.

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

Dream Theater was essentially in limbo after the release of their monumental failure "Falling Into Infinity;" having alienated a huge portion of their fanbase, and facing the uncertain future ahead, they had a decision to make: to stay within the confines of their newfound comfortable, pseudo pop style that defined "Falling Into Infinity," or to break new ground. As such, the release of "Scenes From A Memory" was to be a pivotal one. What was the outcome? Dream Theater did not disappoint; they made a radical paradigm shift which unequivocally proved themselves to be some of the most revolutionary pioneers of music in today's industry.

Scene I: Initial Impressions

As I tentatively press the "play" button on my Bose surround-sound stereo system, I apprehensively think back to "Falling Into Infinity" and pray for change, much like the oppressed souls of the civil war era did. No doubt an omen from the Gods above, the first track is "Regression." Almost hysterical, convinced that "Scenes" will be just as regressive and sonically masticated by the record industry's mad drive for profits as "Falling Into Infinity," I listen the track. But rather than reaffirming my preconceptions of the what the album was surely to be, the sound shocked me; simpering acoustic chords are strummed by guitarist virtuoso John Petrucci, who displays remarkable restraint and taste for a band known for their technical prowess. With the end of this short introduction comes the beginning of what "Scenes" is all about: "Overture 1928" expertly samples various melodies and themes that are present throughout the entire album. The lush textures caress the ears, the sensual sensation akin to sleeping in a well-crafted water bed. Beautifully constructed, Rachmaninov-inspired chords are softly plodded by legendary keyboardist Jordan Rudess, a much needed new addition to the band's staling lineup. I was in awe; the seamless blend of classical influences and heavy metal madness not only worked, it seemed absolutely natural.

Scene II: Analysis

Dream Theater rocked the progressive scene's world with the release of "Scenes." A staple of the genre, they took various influences and musical styles and fused them in a way that was so seemingly pure and natural; it was not so much an amalgamation of diverse musics but rather its own sound. Not only was the sound a primordial appeal to the senses that absolutely titillated body, but its concept was one that stimulated the intellect. Featuring an expertly woven, novella-like tale of reincarnation and humanity's ageless themes of love, envy, and betrayal, "Scenes" brings to our consciousness a message, made accessible by the format of its arrival. That message is epitomized by protagonist Nicholas, who still feels the pain of his past life Victoria's brutal murder. It's not the literal interpretation of the story that the band intends, but rather the symbolic: our petty sins have consequences reaching far beyond us.


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Gyromania
August 17th 2009



15489 Comments


Sounds orgasmic. Good review. pos

Prophet178
August 17th 2009



6397 Comments


As I tentatively press the "play" button on my Bose surround-sound stereo system

Ugh...Bose.

As a general rule, one review per day is usually followed.

LepreCon
August 17th 2009



3884 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Not thoroughly 5- worthy but still oh- so good. Pos'd

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IamMe90
August 17th 2009



8 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

No idea what pos means and no idea what "one review per day is usually followed" means.

Prophet178
August 17th 2009



6397 Comments


Pos = a vote that your review is well written.

One review per day is usually followed means exactly what I wrote; generally people only submit one review per day.

IamMe90
August 17th 2009



8 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

is there some kind of official rule in the terms of service saying that one review is allowed per day? am I missing the sense in it or is that just completely inane

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2009



8327 Comments


that is this kind of an unwritten rule around here. No-one can actually stop you from posting multiple reviews but to give other peoples reviews also time to be on the front page it is highly recommended that you post your next review only when your last one is bumped off the front page.

Prophet178
August 17th 2009



6397 Comments


No, its just an unwritten rule we follow. It's done so that other users reviews don't get knocked off the front page.

Poet
August 17th 2009



5922 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

definitely not a 5, but Home is an amazing track.

Yazz_Flute
August 17th 2009



18770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Used to be a 5 for me. I prefer Awake and Images & Words though.

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AtavanHalen
August 17th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wut

rotterdog
August 17th 2009



488 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Sensual sensation" (?!) Too many unnecessary adjectives in this review.

IamMe90
August 17th 2009



8 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'm Brent DiCrescenzo. Adjective are never unnecessary.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2009



8327 Comments


you are who again?

Prophet178
August 17th 2009



6397 Comments


HeisYou90

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2009



8327 Comments


lol

Seek and Destroy
August 17th 2009



62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a mighty fine album.

burnafterbreeding
August 17th 2009



1466 Comments


hate this band

Douchebag
August 17th 2009



3624 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not a 5, has a bit too much wankery in it but definitley good. I need to listen to it way more tho, might give it a spin.

IamMe90
August 18th 2009



8 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

don't say "give it a spin." that makes u worse than robert christgau



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