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Metropolis, Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory

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The concept of Scenes from a Memory is that it is a sequel to Metropolis, though the concept is very different. While Metropolis was a largely abstract song thought to be about two brothers and Rome, Scenes changes all this. The Miracle and The Sleeper are introduced as brothers, Edward and Julian, who both love the same woman, Victoria, who represents Metropolis. In this way, the album has little to do with the original song lyrically, though it does follow similar themes and borrows many of the musical cues from the song.
 
The concept of Scenes from a Memory is that it is a sequel to Metropolis, though the concept is very different. While Metropolis was a largely abstract song thought to be about two brothers and Rome, Scenes changes all this. The Miracle and The Sleeper are introduced as brothers, Edward and Julian, who both love the same woman, Victoria, who represents Metropolis. In this way, the album has little to do with the original song lyrically, though it does follow similar themes and borrows many of the musical cues from the song.
   
In the story, a troubled young man named Nicholas is going through hypnotherapy, to analyze his dreams. Nicholas dreams about a young woman named Victoria, who died in 1928. It is revealed throughout the story that Nicholas was Victoria in his past life, and much of the story deals with her. Victoria leaves her boyfriend Julian due to his drinking and gambling problems, and finds comfort with his brother Edward, with whom she begins a sexual relationship. In the end there is a "double reveal". Through his research, Nicholas assumes that Victoria was killed by Julian out of revenge, who then killed himself. However through hypnotherapy, he reveals the truth behind her death. Victoria discovered at some point that she still loved Julian, and that her relationship with Edward was very shallow. She begins to see Julian in secret, and Edward discovers them, killing them both, and planting a note on Julian's corpse to make it seem like a suicide, and using his influence as a senator on the local newspapers.
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In the story, a troubled young man named Nicholas is going through hypnotherapy, to analyze his dreams. Nicholas dreams about a young woman named Victoria, who died in 1928. It is revealed throughout the story that Nicholas was Victoria in his past life, and much of the story deals with her. Victoria leaves her boyfriend Julian due to his drinking and gambling problems, and finds comfort with his brother Edward, who she begins a sexual relationship with. In the end there is a "double reveal". Through his research, Nicholas assumes that Victoria was killed by Julian out of revenge, who then killed himself. However through hypnotherapy, he reveals the truth behind her death. Victoria discovered at some point that she still loved Julian, and that her relationship with Edward was very shallow. She begins to see Julian in secret, and Edward discovers them, killing them both, and planting a note on Julian's corpse to make it seem like a suicide, and using his influence as a senator on the local newspapers.
   
 
In the story's epilogue, told after the last song, Nicholas leaves his therapy session and goes home, then he is followed by the hypnotherapist, who kills him. It was explained by Portnoy that the hypnotherapist was Edward in his past life.
 
In the story's epilogue, told after the last song, Nicholas leaves his therapy session and goes home, then he is followed by the hypnotherapist, who kills him. It was explained by Portnoy that the hypnotherapist was Edward in his past life.
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