A True Progressive Rock/Metal Classic,
This review is from: Operation: Mindcrime (Audio CD)
This is Queensryche's third full length album "Operation: Mindcrime" which was released in 1988, and it is not only the band's absolute best album in their discography, but it is also one of the greatest concept albums to be ever released, and a true landmark in Progressive Rock/Metal as well. I got this CD back in September of last year, and I fell in love with it completely within an instant, believe me, it is absolutely amazing and brilliant beyond words. It truly shows that these guys can combine masterful and epic storytelling with genuinely amazing, and ever flowing music to make an incredibly mindblowing work of art. The concept of "Operation: Mindcrime" focuses on the story following a recovering drug addict named Nikki who becomes disillusioned with the Ronald Reagan era society, so he escapes from the hospital, and becomes involved with an underground revolutionary cult group lead by the mysterious Dr.X as an assassin of political leaders, and then he falls in love with a former prostitute turned nun named Sister Mary along the way. From a musical standpoint, "Operation: Mindcrime" is just incredibly noteworthy, it is fully loaded with amazing musicianship throughout. Everyone is definitely in top form here. Singer Geoff Tate shines on here with his awesome wailing vocals with perfection. The guitarwork of Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton is very inventive as well, with great crunchy riffs and fantastic solos that'll put a smile on the listener's face. Eddie Jackson's basslines are just incredibly unbelievable, they just rock your bones throughout, and drummer Scott Rockenfield does an amazing job anchoring the entire album with his rock solid drumming.
The album's opening intro "I Remember Now" is a short mood-setting intro that immediately kicks into Anarchy-X" which is a nice yet short yet pumping instrumental track that serves as a prelude for the following track "Revolution Calling" which is highlighted by an awesome wailing sing a long chorus, along with some great rockin' riffs, wicked fiery soloing, and a straight up pounding rockin' beat throughout. The title track is another highlight, and also my favorite song on the album which features an awesome and crunching opening riff, plus awesome grumbling bass work, an awesome wailing guitar solo, and great vocals, as well as another catchy sing a long chorus that will stay stuck in your head for days. The chorus in the title track is just straight up addicting. "Speak" is a nice speedy number that features energetic riffing and drum beats, as well as a blazing solo, meanwhile "Spreading the Disease" is another awesome ripper that will rock your socks off and get the blood pumping like crazy. Other standout tracks on here include "The Mission", the 10+ epic "Suite Sister Mary", "The Needle Lies" which is a real fiery and intense fist pumper that boasts a fast thumping drum beat, along with blistering riffs and blazing soloing, plus more soaring vocals as well and "Breaking the Silence" which is highlighted by a driving straight forward and fist pumping drum beat that is backed up by driving, energetic riffs, ear pounding basslines, plus more awesome soloing and amazing vocals as well. Meanwhile "I Don't Believe in Love" is another catchy heavy rockin' classic that is highlighted by more great melodic yet energetic riffing and pumping drums, plus great grumbling bass work, as well as another awesomely infectious and addicting sing a long chorus, and some more strong soloing as well, and then after two short yet melodic interludes in "Waiting For 22" and "My Empty Room" there's the epic and masterful album closer "Eyes of a Stranger" which closes out the album in a very epic and masterful way of course. This song is very catchy, and even danceable as well.
To put it simply, "Operation: Mindcrime" is without a shadow of a doubt the absolute best album that Queensryche has ever released hands down, and it continues to be a true landmark in Progressive music. It is definitely right up there with other Progressive classics such as "2112" by Rush, and "Images and Words" and "Metropolis Pt 2. Scenes From a Memory" both by Dream Theater, and so many others. The masterful quality music, the intelligently written lyrics, and overall concept truly make this album a true masterpiece. I strongly recommend this album to anybody who loves Progressive music. It is worth every penny, trust me, you won't be disappointed, buy it now!!!