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OPERATION : MINDCRIME II

Queensr˙che

 

Progressive Metal

3.25 | 187 ratings

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Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Operation: Mindcrime II' - Queensryche (7/10)

Here we are, after two decades of waiting (that's twenty two years!) we finally have the companion to Queensryche's magnum opus, 'Operation: Mindcrime.' I truly love the first 'Mindcrime,' and even though this album certainly doesn't match up in terms of brilliance or complexity, and the storyline isn't even worth comparing to the first one, 'Operation: Mindcrime II' is a very enjoyable record that I've gotten quite a few listens out of.

The main difference between this album and it's prequel is quite possibly the departure of songwriter/guitarist Chris DeGarmo, who alongside Geoff Tate composed the center of the band. While it's a real shame someone as talented as he left, Queensryche was starting to slip in DeGarmo's later years with the band, and this is certainly better than most of Queensryche's 90's material.

It's foolish to expect a classic as worthy as the original 'Mindcrime' but if there are some amazing parts here, including the duet with Ronnie James Dio in 'The Chase.' A great album, and it doesn't dissapoint.

Conor Fynes | 4/5 |

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