Queensryche
Operation: Mindcrime


5.0
classic

Review

by Priestmetal USER (20 Reviews)
June 28th, 2005 | 24 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist


This was Queensryche's ground breaking album that is still considered THE concept album of its decade. Released in 1988, Operation: Mindcrime is pretty much a little story with provoking themes such as manipulation, revolution, and drugs. The story (to my understanding) is about a man who becomes a hitt man for some revolutionary movement. The latter manipulates him with drugs and slowly brainwashes him into beleiving their ideas. In the process, he kills a nun or something like that. To embelish the whole story part of this album, there are several skitts with dialogue and sound effects. Now, putting the whole storyline and themes aside, the songs are all very well written. They are catchy, full of energy, and have interesting and comprehensive lyrics. They must of put a whole lot of effort to writte all these songs. I believe all the musicians are quite skilled, especially Geoff Tate, the lead singer. Therfore, this album can be listened to entirely as a different and entertaining kind of musical experience, or just the tracks that are actual songs for a good, "rockin' out" time.

Queensryche were (as is written in the Cd booklet):
Geoff Tate: Voices, keyboards, whistles, and blurbs.

Chris de Garmo: Electric 6 string, acoustic 12 and 6 string, lap steel and GK-1 synth guitars.

Michael Wilton: Electric 6 string, acoustic 12 and 6 string, and stereo ripley quitars.

Eddie Jackson: Bass guitars.

Scott Rockenfield: Drums and percussion.


Stand out tracks:

Anarchy-X/ Revolution Calling: Anarchy-X is instrumental and fades into Revolution Calling which I believe was a single. A very energetic song with cathcy lyrics and guitar parts. Exellent song, among the best on the album. 5/5

Spreading the disease: I think this song is about some chick in this whole story who becomes a hooker. And no, I don't think this song is about STDs. Geoffs vocals really shine in this song. Especially in the chorus. One of my personal favorites on this album. 5/5

The Needle Lies: A shorter song that starts with a drum intro. As you might have guessed, this song is about drugs. Again Mr. Tate really shows he's an astounding vocalist. This song sounded great when I saw them live. 4.5/5

Other standout tracks that I wont review: Speak, Eyes of a Stranger, I Don't Believe in Love. But every song that isn't a skitt is seriously at least a 4/5.

I have only recently gotten into Queensryche and only have 2 of their albums ( this one and Empire). But I saw them live cuz they are currently on tour with Judas Priest and I can tell you they sound terrific. A wondeful band.
This album seems to be better than Empire and is probably one of my best CDs. Always fun to listen to. I have had it for two months and it still sounds just as fresh and catchy as when I bought it. Defently worth buying. The only con I can think of is that some people might not like their style. Although I would consider them a heavy metal band, they have a very intriguing and unique sound that gives them a progressive edge. I like it alot but some people might find it boring, or repetetive, or whatever they think. I gave it 5/5 because all the songs are great, plus the story line and the themes add color to the experience.

RATING: 5/5



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    dannyboy89 (5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
metalmaniac54
June 28th 2005


47 Comments


i dont like queenscryche
this review isnt very good either

Priestmetal
June 28th 2005


542 Comments


Yea sorry... I mean theres so many songs I just kinda got lazy. Maybe I'll update it at some point.

masada
June 28th 2005


2733 Comments


Don't do a track by track, then.

Problem solved.

Priestmetal
June 28th 2005


542 Comments


What would u say needs more emphasis?


Priestmetal
June 29th 2005


542 Comments


Man is it just me or am I the only one who has heard this entire album??

Rudd13
July 6th 2005


952 Comments


haha

spoon_of_grimbo
September 4th 2005


2241 Comments


i bought this album the other day after reading an article comparing it to iron maiden's "seventh son of a seventh son."
apparently, when bruce dickinson heard some demos from OperationMindCrime, he was distraught because they sounded exactly he'd imagined he'd like "Seventh Son..." to sound. this seemed like a good enough reason to buy it, and im currently listenin to it for hte first time, as far as track 7 at the minute, and im liking it very very much!

Jawaharal
September 4th 2005


1832 Comments


I might go see these guys. I'm not sure yet cause I've never heard anything by them.

Cain
November 11th 2005


155 Comments


I like this album quite a bit. It's cool how the band took the tenets of hair metal's sound and deliberately fooled with it and made it more complex than was the norm of the time. It's still totally accessible (and far from prog) but a good deal more complex than the usual fare.

The spelling errors in this review were really problematic for me to read, however.

Cousin_Ed
November 19th 2005


17 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Best album ever imo.
A classic, not even Tommy or The wall can beat this concept album masterpiece.

...in my opinion ;)

*edit*

The Review its self could have been writen better, though i'm not much of a writer myself, however. Good work giving the album what it deserves especailly when 12/10 isn't an option. :PThis Message Edited On 11.19.05

Priestmetal
November 20th 2005


542 Comments


Yes, indeed this was one of my first reviews and therefore it is not that good at all. I apologize for the fact that I am also too lazy to edit it.

Sparrow Legs
November 26th 2005


13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album, even though the song is on Empire, my favourite Queensryche song by far is Silent Lucidity

iceman3019
February 10th 2006


46 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

one of the most well thought out rock operas i've ever heard, 5/5 . . .

FistfulOfSteel
March 24th 2006


894 Comments


The vocalist vaguely reminds me of Bruce Dickinson...or is it just me?

Remial4
April 13th 2006


99 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Some parts of the album does tend to get a bit boring but the intro to Speak is more that KILLER AWSOME!!!

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 13th 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not a good review, but this album kicks the marmalade out of part II.

sj_2150
April 13th 2006


251 Comments


not mutch of a fan of 80s style metal but this is certainly a great album. gets a bit cheesy however...

Motleyguy
May 23rd 2006


118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man, you're review isn't that great. Too lazy with the songs, and if you're reviewing a concept album, IMO, you should go a little more in depth about the concept. Just my critisism, great fucking album though.

ktstein
May 23rd 2006


438 Comments


This is a cool idea, but overall, i'm sorry...the music sucks. My dad used to force feed this to me...ugh...

Priestmetal
May 23rd 2006


542 Comments


Ya its a terrible review. It was one of my first. I might redo it someday but I never have time!!!



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