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Release date: 25 October 1999
Style: Progressive metal


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Act I
01. Scene One: Regression
02. Scene Two: I. Overture 1928
03. Scene Two: II. Strange Deja Vu
04. Scene Three: I. Through My Words
05. Scene Three: II. Fatal Tragedy
06. Scene Four: Beyond This Life
07. Scene Five: Through Her Eyes

Act II
08. Scene Six: Home
09. Scene Seven: I. The Dance Of Eternity
10. Scene Seven: II. One Last Time
11. Scene Eight: The Spirit Carries On
12. Scene Nine: Finally Free

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James LaBrie - vocals
Jordan Rudess - keyboards
John Petrucci - guitars, backing vocals
Mike Portnoy - drums, backing vocals
John Myung - bass

Guest musicians
Theresa Thomason - vocals
Jay Beckenstein - saxophone

Guest review by
The Silent Man

Together with Images And Words this is the most important and beautiful Progressive Metal album ever made. It's my favourite Dream Theater album and one of my favourite albums of all time. It's a true classic.

Scenes From A Memory is meant to be the sequel to the song Metropolis Part I "The Miracle And The Sleeper", released 7 years before on Images And Words. According to the band, that Part I was just a joke: there wasn't any project about a second part and the band members had always called it just Metropolis since it was an instrumental. But the band wasn't allowed to record a long instrumental and John Petrucci added those strange lyrics. Once Metropolis became Metropolis Part I, the fans couldn't resign themselves: they wanted a Part II. So the band began to record some demos in 1996, together with Derek Sherinian. In the beginning, Metropolis Pt.2 was a 30 minutes song. In the end, the band decided to create a 77 minute concept album, featuring an intricate plot and familiar melodies taken from the first chapter.

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CrippledReverend - 30.12.2010 at 02:11  
Rating: 10 Musicianship: 10
Vocal: 9
Atmosphere: 10
Melody: 9
Originality: 9
Production: 10
CD Covers: 8

Best Songs:
01. Scene One: Regression
02. Scene Two: I. Overture 1928
05. Scene Three: II. Fatal Tragedy
07. Scene Five: Through Her Eyes
08. Scene Six: Home
10. Scene Seven: II. One Last Time
11. Scene Eight: The Spirit Carries On
ErnilEnNaur - 01.02.2011 at 02:32  
  9/10. A Masterpiece, but only barely, it's on the border of being an album that tried very, very, very hard but failed to be a mastepriece and only the superb technical abilities of the band save it, making it indeed a masterwork of prog. If only the two effortless, boring as hell ballads weren't here and were replaced by good songs, I would have no doubts about giving it a perfect score.
erykk - 09.04.2011 at 21:46  
Rating: 10 Beautiful album and great history.
In my opinion this album is perfect to make a movie, maybe in the future.
Metal_4Ever - 03.07.2011 at 00:09  
Rating: 10 Yeah it will get popular
merkuri - 18.09.2011 at 05:35  
  I like it!
Mehdi Taba - 06.11.2011 at 22:55  
Rating: 10 The best Dream Theater album ever.
Xfushion - 11.11.2011 at 04:25  
Rating: 10 What can I say? Great story, Great Music, Great band = Great Album
a great masterpiece
Theberzerker - 14.02.2012 at 09:11  
Rating: 10 This album represents what the progressive metal is.
nilbe - 28.04.2012 at 06:17  
  My favorite of DT.
musicalkaratekid - 05.08.2012 at 01:36  
Rating: 9 Well this album is the very definition of a concept, and a very good one at that. The longest songs are obviously amongst the best, but that's not to say that excellent songs such as 'Fatal Tragedy' and 'The Spirit carries on' don't prove their worth either. Both 'Through my Words' and 'Through my Eyes' I think the album could have done without, but even then that is only six minutes less of a superb album.
Dead Eternity - 02.10.2012 at 16:45  
Rating: 8 My first DT album (and my first prog metal album)! But I think Images And Words is a lot better, though. I feel bad for what happened to James and his voice at that time...
megadeath13 - 02.12.2012 at 14:44  
  Under my top 3 albums of all time, just beautiful! Its a must have for everyone whos into prog metal/rock music.
Rhiannon - 26.03.2013 at 12:40  
Rating: 9 This album is magical, a masterpiece of prog metal.
Psilopylot - 08.03.2014 at 19:42  
Rating: 10 Absolute top of the progressive metal that ever was and will ever be, in my opinion of course . This album delivers very interesting and chilling story, progression and outstanding performance on each one of the instruments.
mikeprado30 - 12.09.2016 at 01:49  
Rating: 10 It they touched the glory with Images & Words, this album make them be THE GLORY!!!

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