All I can say is...WOW! When I first put this cd in, I was surprised too hear how heavy the guitars were on almost every song (except for track 3 and 5) There may be only 7 songs, but they're all really long (10 minutes or so). John Petrucci has really outdone himself again, the solos are absolutely incredible! Petrucci's solos on this album are just non-stop shredding (and really good, too)!! An incredible cd, for an incredible band. I'd expect nothing less of Dream Theater.
By the way, John Petrucci ABSOLUTELY CANNOT be compared to any other guitarists!