After playing with keyboardist Jordan Rudess in Liquid Tension Experiment, a supergroup composed of various members of famous progressive rock bands and finding themselves writing music and working together quite easily, drummer Mike Portnoy and guitarist John Petrucci convinced the band to offer Rudess the position of full-time keyboardist for the band's upcoming album. He a...(展开全部) After playing with keyboardist Jordan Rudess in Liquid Tension Experiment, a supergroup composed of various members of famous progressive rock bands and finding themselves writing music and working together quite easily, drummer Mike Portnoy and guitarist John Petrucci convinced the band to offer Rudess the position of full-time keyboardist for the band's upcoming album. He accepted, and current keyboardist Derek Sherinian was fired from the band via a conference call between the four members in New York and him in Los Angeles (Portnoy and Petrucci have stated that while it was an uncomfortable and unattractive situation, they didn't want to ask Derek to fly out from L.A. to New York only to be fired). After his departure, the band went back to BearTracks Studios in New York City to record their new album, previously the site of recording for Images and Words. (A photograph of Beartracks Studios is featured on the album's back cover, meant to represent the house in the album.) After the commercial failure of Falling into Infinity, their record label gave the band free rein over their new album's direction, which led the band to finally finish the story begun with "Metropolis, Pt. 1" from Images and Words. The album's recording was kept secretive, to keep fans from meddling with the band's recording, and to surprise them. Fans had previously requested the band to make the sequel to the first part, but they had not yet been able. The band thought that the surprise would delight their fans, thus the secretive nature of the recording. However, shortly before the album's release, the track list and release date were leaked onto the internet against the band's wishes. Following the album's released, the band embarked on an extensive world tour, and at a show in New York City the band actually hired actors to "perform" the album while they were playing the music in the background. The performance was recorded and was released in 2001 as the Metropolis 2000 Live DVD. The album was ranked number 95 on the October 2006 issue of Guitar World magazine's list of the greatest 100 guitar albums of all time. Roughly half of the songs on the album were used for the soundtrack of the American version of The History of Trunks, a Dragon Ball Z TV Special.
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1. "Scene One: Regression" 2. "Scene Two: Part I. Overture 1928" 3. "Scene Two: Part II. Strange Deja Vu" 4. "Scene Three: Part I. Through My Words" 5. "Scene Three: Part II. Fatal Tragedy" 6. "Scene Four: Beyond This Life" 7. "Scene Five: Through Her Eyes" 8. "Scene Six: Home" 9. "Scene Seven: Part I. The Dance of Eternity" 10. "Scene Seven: Part II. One Last Time" 11. "Scene Eight: The Spirit Carries On" 12. "Scene Nine: Finally Free"
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