The songs on this record could all be B-sides on Dream Theater's Images and Words. That's not an insult. Images and Words is one of the greatest records of all time, so B-side status on that record is pretty damn good.
It is hard to deny the Long Islanders influence on this band, and I don't think they ever did. That being said, this record is better than anything Dream Theater has done in ages.
As with many progressive metal albums, it is too long and they certainly could have trimmed a fair share of fat away, but all in all, this is a cool album and recommended for fans of the sub genre.