Queensr˙che - Operation: Mindcrime CD (album) cover




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4.22 | 880 ratings

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2 stars After the rather transitional and forgettable Rage For Order, Queensryche went the full-on concept album route with Operation: Mindcrime, which is much-acclaimed in progressive metal circles but falls rather flat with me. Part of it is that a lot of the time the material just isn't that progressive, or even interesting - like Pink Floyd's The Wall, the band weave in sound effects and snippets of dialogue at points to create the impression of a narrative but the actual music you get between those bits is just fairly standard, straight-ahead fare.

Another issue is that the album is one of the first metal concept albums to take advantage of the longer running times available on CDs - except this means that a lot of it feels like filler. Had this been a 40-minute album, perhaps it could have sustained my interest, but as it is the ideas presented seem rather thin on the ground (and the political angle to the story is really quite laughable, on the level of a bad Steven Seagal movie). On the whole, I just don't get the appeal of this one.

Warthur | 2/5 |


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