I assume that if you are not already familiar with Dream Theater’s music you wouldn’t be reading this. What I can say quickly about this album is that it was the album that I always knew Dream Theater could make.When I started listening to DT I bought “Images and Words” and immediately I was impressed with how hard it was while still being melodic. My favorite band before that was Iron Maiden and after hearing the first track of Images (“Pull me Under”) I knew that after 5+ years they would be toppled. I am a guitar player who has listened to all of the shred bands, metal, etc… and I immediately fell in love with DT.The “Awake” album is very very good, the older live album from Europe is good, “A Change of Seasons” is awesome, but I disliked “Falling into Infinity”.Scenes hits back with a ruthless vengence. The first time I listened to it I was driving to work and it made me cry for about 5 minutes. Whenever I play it on my stereo at home it makes me cry about 3-4 times per spin. It really is that good. Everything good about their previous stuff has been incorporated. On the “Awake” album the Erotomania song is similar to the overture on Scenes in that it introduces many of the main themes of the album (or song trio in the case of “Awake”). John Petrucci is awesome on the guitar. Besides being a technical wizard on the guitar his musical tastes are very similar to mine in that he likes all types of rock all the way up to thrash metal riffing like Pantera (listen to Lie from Awake). The song “Fatal Tragedy” on Scenes is incredible because it is so hard but at the same time still melodic.The Steve Morse school of 1 note on hellaciously distorted electric guitar = 1 power chord is adhered to in many places, opening up a very different style of hard music because the typical power chord is abandoned.