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METROPOLIS PART 2 - SCENES FROM A MEMORY

Dream Theater

 

Progressive Metal

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5 stars There is a lot of debate about Dream Theater within the metal community, within the prog community and within the prog metal community. Dream Theater is an American band founded in 1989 by John Petrucci (guitar), Mike Portnoy (drums and, later, backing vocals) and John Myung (bass) with Kevin Moore (keyboards) and Charlie Dominici (vocals). After the first album, already a harbinger of greatness but all in all immature, Dream Theater, replaced Dominici with Canadian James LaBrie, release what is their absolute masterpiece: Images and Words, one of the most beautiful and most important of prog metal.

"Metropolis part 2: Scenes From a Memory" takes up in the title the grandiloquent "Part 1: the Miracle and the Sleeper", a masterpiece of "Images and words", to which the epithet "part 1" was given almost as a joke ... Nothing more wrong! Fans all over the world start a war of words, clamoring for the sequel to the small 1992 masterpiece, and Dream Theater satisfied them with an entire concept album, which only partially takes up and amplifies the story, the vocal lines and the leading riffs of the first chapter.

A story built to perfection, and based on the strange night visions and nightmares of Nicholas, a young man who, thanks to hypnotherapy sessions, will discover that he is the reincarnation of Victoria, a girl who lived in the 1920s and died in mysterious circumstances precisely in 1928. During the course of the album, Nicholas will be able to reconstruct the turbulent love story of Victoria, divided between two brothers as different as they are similar in their lucid madness, until a dramatic epilogue for her, and not devoid of consequences for Nicholas himself, who will be indelibly affected by what he discovered ... final is as assured as unexpected!

From the musical point of view, the Dreat Theater recover their roots: this album is a riot of prog-metal in its purest form, and ours seem to find the lost compositional vein, reconnecting the musical discourse to the glories of "Images and Words" and "Awake", while maintaining a certain amount of improvisation in the scores, certainly the result of the experience in the Liquid Tension Experiment. A working method in which, apparently, Petrucci, Rudess and Portnoy fit perfectly, given that the album releases a charge, an intensity and an expertise never felt before. Since the opener "Overture 1928", we will be sucked into a vortex of music with a very high technical and compositional content, not devoid of references to part 1, but filled with precious moments of high inspiration, as we have not heard for a long time. James LaBrie will interpret the various roles of the story, with different nuances in the use of the voice, leading the listener by the hand within a real film in music. Stupendous and essential prog- metal pearls such as "Strange Deja-Vu", "Fatal Tragedy", the powerful "Beyond this Life", the bombastic "Home", a true ideal sequel to Metropolis pt.1. There is no lack of instrumental track, and it is something inhuman: "The Dance of Eternity" leaves you astonished as to skill, in a composition so intricate that you lose your head?. Like any self- respecting masterpiece, we also find two soft tracks, and they are two small pearls: "Through her Eyes", which narrates Victoria's death seen through Nicholas' eyes, is full of poignant melancholy; "The Spirit Carries On" is universally recognized as one of DT's most beautiful songs, with its PinkFloydian gait, and a thrilling chorus, not to mention Petrucci's solo, literally moving in terms of intensity. The masterpiece closes with a simply fantastic song, namely "Finally Free", in which the DT resume and conclude the threads of the plot, complete with a final twist, and with a lot of creative culmination, truly leaving the unwary listener speechless. , who, like myself, will be forced to start listening again, at least two - three times, before being able to find out in the midst of all this good things ...

Most of the Dream Theater fans are torn by not knowing which one to elevate as the best work of the band between this and Images And Words, but for me there is no doubt, Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory represents a magical moment, unique and unfortunately unrepeatable in the history of this great group, although the other is also a work, like almost everything that is part of the Dream Theater discography, far above average. Wonderful melodies, flawless virtuosity and instrumental technique, poetic and theatrical texts, and only one adjective: masterpiece.

prog_traveller!! | 5/5 |

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