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Studio Album, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Freiheit Ouvertüre (1:36)
2. Convict (0:08)
3. I'm American (2:53)
4. One Foot in Hell (4:13)
5. Hostage (4:30)
6. The Hands (4:37)
7. Speed of Light (3:12)
8. Signs Say Go (3:17)
9. Re-arrange You (3:11)
10. The Chase (3:10)
11. Murderer? (4:34)
12. Circles (2:59)
13. If I Could Change It All (4:28)
14. An Intentional Confrontation (2:32)
15. A Junkie's Blues (3:42)
16. Fear City Slide (4:58)
17. All the Promises (5:11)

Total Time 59:11

Line-up / Musicians

- Geoff Tate / vocals
- Michael Wilton / guitar, backing vocals
- Mike Stone / guitar, backing vocals
- Eddie Jackson / bass, backing vocals
- Scott Rockenfield / drums, percussion

- Ronnie James Dio / "Dr. X" voice
- Pamela Moore / "Sister Mary" voice
- Miranda Tate / backing vocals (6)
- Mitch Doran / guitars, drums, MIDI programming (3), backing vocals
- Jason Slater / bass, drums, backing vocals, production & mixing
- Matt Lucich / drums
- Ashif Hakik / orchestration, keyboards, guitars

Releases information

2xLP Rhino Records ‎- R1 73306 (2006, US)

CD Rhino Records ‎- R2 73306 (2006, US)

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Review by Marc Baum
4 stars DISCLAIMER: I'm probably going to refer to the legendary Operation: Mindcrime a lot, as it's literally my favorite album of all time. This is going out to be a very detailed review, since there is so much to write about it.

The background:

For years have Queensryche fans been served the mind of a dying giant, the leftovers from some crap pop rock sessions of the masterminds behind such classics as The Warning, Rage For Order, Operation Mindcrime, Empire and even the heavily underrated Promised Land.

And it has been almost 15 dark years where Queensryche, lost in a strange reverie have been trying to find a new personality, never really making it seem like they are being real to themselves. Hear In The Now Frontier featured some of the best Queensryche lyrics ever, and some clever musical arrangements, but on certain occasions it left a lot to be desired. While no one could hate them for turning their backs to metal (that was something they partially had already done in Empire), it was the fact that something from the spirit was missing.

Q2K made it plain obvious that it was probably De Garmo that was missing. Or Kelly Gray making the band his own whore, writing music as a friend, but music that did not tune in with Queensryche.

Tribe was a step in an interesting direction. The concept was there, the lyrics were there, again. But musically, it was not even an ugly brother to Promised Land. It was simply beyond boring. Apart from two tracks, it was such a passable release that the band could have simple released a single titled The Great Divide and they would do better.

And we come to see, at last, a release that dares bare the name of Operation Mindcrime. Have Queensryche decided to humiliate the name of what is possibly the finest release in progressive metal ever?

Luckily, no. They are here to complement it, in an unprecedented way. What Queensryche have finally provided, is an album that re-writes all the mistakes and throws a new huge stone in an ocean of empty and still water. The splash that is about to follow is going to lose them fans, make them new ones, and help some people who have the vision always wanted to share take notice and look in their direction. If Queensryche has always been about being original, progressive and groundbreaking, then there is nothing they failed to do. At last. But there lies one question on hand: Can the sequel to one of the best concept albums ever made capture the magic of the original and bring on the same goosebumb-factor as about 18 years ago?

In a recent issue of a entertainment magazine there was an article about the 50 worst movie sequels ever made. Usually, movie sequels are never as good as the original. With music, though; this is not always the case. Many artists have created sequels to their initial efforts, quite successfully. Usually, they do this in a short amount of time while the original concept is still fresh and inspirational. So why now after 18 years has the aged chemical youth chosen to seduce us with a sequel to the outstanding 'Operation Mindcrime'?

The concept:

According to Geoff Tate, he has always endeavored to make a sequel when the perfect time presented itself. Presently, he is desparately attempting to shop his 'Mindcrime' screenplay to prospective movie associates or theatrical venues. His political perspectives have remained consistent over the years, even if his musical direction has changed drastically over the last decade. Geoff has always kept an active file on the Nikki character, which he has updated every time he felt inspired by designs of social convention. The band always plays classic tracks from the 'Mindcrime' era, so the music has always been close to their hearts.

The story:

The story, which takes place 18 years after Nikki was tried and imprisoned, mostly captures Nikki's state of mind and his encompassing desire for revenge against his former employers, who left him to rot. It also gives a sense of connectedness as both we and Queensryche are also exactly 18 years older since the original 1988 release of "Mindcrime". Nikki is now a free man and has to face a world that is in many respects as evil and twisted as the impulses that landed him in jail. Many of the same players are here, including a good amount of original Mary vocalist Pamela Moore, and there are rain-soaked, eerie interludes, or religio-musical iconography (such as the choral outro to "If I Could Change It All" ) that hearken back to the conceptual sprawl of "Suite Sister Mary" and "Electric Requiem" from the original. Occasional snippets of voices and musical themes prominent in the original "Mindcrime" (such as "Anarchy-X").

The music:

We begin with "Freiheit Overture", a very impressive and extremely technical progressive metal intro, infused with amazing guitar work a fantastic orchestra, that it all sets for a grand opening. We are off to a great start. Convict, you are a free man. > I've missed the magic of the intro in part I, but it finally sounds like a freedom- punch after all these years and it delivers very well that feeling.

"I'm American" will mostly remind of Iron Maiden. It all begins as a thrashier version of classic NWOBHM. Geoff Tate, once again, sounds like he should, and you suddenly have pictures in your mind of the great performer doing what's he is best at. Singing powerfully and emotionally. The song itself is a very straight mixture of Speed/NWOBHM with some very thrashy riff work that will definately make the classic rockers out there headbang through the entire song. The solo (finally, a solo in a Queensryche song!!!) is simply amazing.

And here we are, "One Foot In Hell", with our journey eventually starting. The next track continues in the same idea. With a sound that reminds of late 70s hard rock infused with something taken from "Hear In The Now Frontier", only much better. The music is catchy and as song progresses, new melodies unfold as the song changes into 80s Black Sabbath. The solo (again?!?!) is simply one of the best solos written in the history of Queensryche! So far, we are off to an amazing start. What seemed like the best song ("I'm American") it is already far outdone by an even better one. "One Foot In Hell" is a damn classic!

So, we are already captivated. We've been taken hostages and listening to "Hostage" now. Can the band keep it up? We so far saw them pay a tribute to 70s and 80s music. But are we listening to Queensryche? YES WE DO! Hostage is a classic Queensryche song, and the most progressive metal song so far. With song structures that will (FINALLY!) remind "Promised Land", an amazing melody and a fantastic refrain (the stuff that you will be remembering for the rest of your lives!).. there is nothing missing from the song. Is there? Nope.... how about dual solos finally making a return? They are here and they sound bloody amazing. How about emotional vocals driving the melody? They are here, finally! How about acoustic guitars in the background? Everything's here. Don't worry. Queensryche are back, and they take no hostages. They annihilate.

Moving on to "The Hands" then. And with every song, this is getting even more deeper, even heavier, even more intelligent, even more classic and even more... Queen? Yup, that's right. The album is slowly taking an approach towards Symphonic/Progressive Rock, while keeping an overly metal structure. "The Hands" is not a song that can be described as "typical" in any way or form. Strange but magical song structures that change without notice, from slow to heavy, vocal lines that can make any Geoff Tate fan sing along with pride, and riffs to kill (that's my Wilton!), and one strong refrain. But for one more time, they've been saving the best for the last moment. Dual harmonic solos that lead into a very heavy progressive metal passage. What the hell, why wasn't this material part of "Promised Land"? Because it sure as hell feels like it hasn't been a single day since 1994!

"Speed Of Light" takes us into a trip into classic progressive rock musicianship. Fans of Led Zeppelin will instantly recognise the obvious homage in the melody and the vocals. Yet the song has quite a few things up its sleeve, past the so-so refrain: This song is actually the first step in driving the concept further. After a strange passage, that sounds taken out of the same titled from Promised Land (and sounds absolutely amazing I must say), you are left speechless as a familiar voice comes back after many years. You call this your best? What's you gonna do? Make more excuses? Yup... better get excited. It seems the best is yet to come.

But sadly, not immediately. "Signs Say Go" is an instantly forgettable track. All signs say that the song will go down as yet another boring Queensryche song. This is the first dissapointment of the album so far. You may as well skip it and re- arrange your tracklist because...

"Re-Arrange You" is already one of the best Queensryche songs ever. With an intro to kill for, and a start that will make any Queensryche fan shiver in excitement... the orchestra makes a return. Geoff Tate's vocals are amazingly lead with Scott's drums. The song soon goes to show how amazing riffs Wilton can write if he wants to (Tribe pay attention)! The song structure, for one more time is simply staggering. This song is pure progressive rock/metal and one of the finest examples of the band at it's prime. "It's taken me years to get to this place". No. It did not. They just never tried it. That's what a true Queensryche fan waited for YEARS! A fantastic solo taken out of Nevermore, is only the icing on the cake to seal the deal.

"The Chase" is on, and what hell? This is Dio?! We are off to an amazing start, and I'd rather tell you, this is an amazing track. One of the best heavy metal / progressive metal duets in the history of metal. When you have Dio and Tate on the same song you just know that this is beyond amazing. This metal opera just gets things more interesting. The song itself has a fantastic refrain, a very catchy melody that will remain in history, and there is the orchestra again to fill in all the holes. And suddenly it all starts to remind you of Queen in a more heavy metal form. The solo is simply staggering. There is simply nothing that could get this song sound better. This is a classic.

Can this album get any better? So far the band has been showing an almost perfect showcase of how they can make great music if they want to (with one real exception). Well, the answer is yes. It gets even better and even heavier. "A Murderer?" is taking you by surprise with some semi-harsh vocals, some very noisy/numetal-ish riffs and a very thrash/NWOBHM/Motorhead rythm going on. But this is only getting you started, for when the refrain kicks in, you are suddenly left amazed. You just don't know what hit you. Queensryche are heavy metal again, how strange does that sound? Step down on your knees, explain it to me one more time.... I am talking to Wilton of course. Because the time has come for him to once again step in and play another fantastic solo, the stuff that the fans have been longing to listen to for almost 15 long years. And the solo work is once again immaculate, as if it comes out of the hands of Jeff Loomis or Petrucci.

"Circles" is an interlude, which keeps a very sad and unsettling ambience. I can't explain it, but it is a very interesting track that sets the perfect atmosphere for...

...yes, it is finally time for the first ballad of the album. And as you expected...she is back in one of the most wonderful duets ever. A slow jazzy melody that shows the band's vast musical apetites. Tate is proof that is one of the greatest vocalists of all time (just listen to 0:55 until 1:20), with a performance that is simply great. The refrain is amazing and it sounds like taken out of "Promised Land". An amazing track that words cannot describe. An actual chorus sings near the end taking you by surprise and grandeur. This is total majesty and art at its finest. And it all builds up to...

..."The International Confrontation". Probably the most symphonic/progressive metal track of the entire album. And by far another masterpiece that goes beyond words. Any fans of Dream Theater will simply love this. This is the second part of the duet and it is simply magic. "Am I closer?" "Go back" "Go back to your mountain"... and Wilton goes back to the highest mountain to play one of the best solos in his career, as if he didn't already outdone himself in the entire album already.

"A Junkie's Blues" is 100% Promised Land material. With a sound and a riff that seems born from the "Damaged Universal Mind" (let's see whom of you is a real fan to spot the connection here!), and a melody that is really deep and heavy... it all suddenly progresses to... gospel? Yup, it certainly seems that the band loves to tease us by throwing towards us all kinds of genres. The song then gets heavier again, with a fantastic melody similar to "Lady Jane"... and you suddenly feel that we are slowly coming to an end. And it has been a fantastic trip... a trip worth waiting so many years for.

"Fear City Slide" is sort of like, the final thunder before the end of a storm in the desert. "I feel like I'm falling". "Arise"! This is definately one of the songs that sounds the most like old Queensryche, with very obvious NWOBHM guitar work that is mixed with an 80s rendition of the themes in "Hear In The Now Frontier", it is a very clever and deep progressive rock track. The solo that follows, is once again fantastic. Typical Wilton, but the guy's far from your typical guitarist.

So, did Queensryche gave all that they promised? "All Promises" is a slow, strange and ambient outro (that is wonderful), bringing everything to a closure, with one of the saddest and most melancholic solos ever. It all sounds like "Promised Land" all over again. The magic is here again. And this time, it feels like it will never leave. If this can be the last Queensryche song ever, I will be more than happy to see them go now. At the top of the mountain, throwing that huge rock in the ocean. And everyone else, shall take notice.

"We had it all, but couldn't see anything" "The blind leading the blind through the darkest night" "When you said you loved me it made me feel alive"

A fantastic ballad, and an amazing end to a great album. Not another "Eyes Of A Stranger", but that isn't important, as it delivers a fitting end to this second part of the concept story.

Well, O:M II doesn't capture the magic or neither delivers the goosebumb-factor that the first OM part did, specially because there are not such over-the-top epics like "Suite Sister Mary" or "Eyes Of A Stranger" on it or out-standing earworms like "Breaking The Silence" or "I Don't Believe In Love", which made that first one so stellar. Seriously: It was a thing of impossibility after all these years and without the main-songwriter of the first O:M part, Chris DeGarmo. But if you can get past that, that Queensryche's glory prime days are long, long gone, you will be very surprised by this excellent sequel!


Yes, Queensryche finally kept their promise! Operation Mindcrime II is an album that cannot be described by words. It is the sound of crystal ryche to the veins of the real Queensryche fans. It is simply, by far, and without any shadow of doubt, not only their best album since Promised Land... but also the best sequel it could have ever been to "Operation Mindcrime".

Not by copying it. By completing it. And that's what a real sequel should do. It's more complex and difficult to understand than the first part but it leads the story towards, without sounding reconstructed. It's not a 5 star-sequel to a masterpiece but an excellent surprise of 2006! Let O:M II grow on you and have a nice time!

Album rating: 8.5/10 points = 86 % on MPV scale = 4/5 stars

point-system: 0 - 3 points = 1 star / 3.5 - 5.5 points = 2 stars / 6 - 7 points = 3 stars / 7.5 - 8.5 points = 4 stars / 9 - 10 points = 5 stars

Review by Muzikman
4 stars Queensryche has done the unthinkable and released the sequel to Operation Mindcrime, the 80's metal-prog classic that made them legends. Operation Mindcrime II was a big chance to take. Regardless of the risk involved, they forged ahead anyway and it turned out very well. This release will help to add to the band's legacy and certainly stir up some interest in previous recordings. I love it when a band has enough balls to do something that everyone says will not work and then it works.

The storyline picks up where it left off and finalizes, well almost, everything some 20 years later. I have been following this band for a few years now and listened to the remastered back catalog and can say with certainty that they are rocking harder on this release than they ever have. With steady touring year after year and a consistent lineup with minimal changes, Queensryche has managed to stay on top of their game and release one of the best albums of their long and successful career.

There is tons of energy on this album along with the usual pounding rhythm section and heavy metal guitars ripping away on nearly every track. There are also some special guests; Ronnie James Dio provides his legendary vocals to "The Chase," helping Geoff Tate make it an instant Queensryche classic. There are two female voices in the mix as well, Pamela Moor and Tate's daughter Miranda. They both do an excellent job adding some taste and emotion to the storyline and music.

Progressive Metal does not get much better than this, Queensryche is hot as a pistol right now, and putting out an album like this will more than likely pull in an entirely new legion of fans, continually adding to their legacy and making their fan base one of the largest in the genre. These guys are the old masters now, not too many bands are as tight and have the following that they do. Is this where the story ends now? Will there be a number 3 someday? You just never know.

© Keith "MuzikMan"

April 23, 2006

Review by WaywardSon
3 stars The first time I listened to this album I felt quite dissapointed. I felt like it was just a cheesy way to cash in and put it aside for about three weeks. Now, the more I listen to it the better it seems to get!

The Producer, Jason Slater has done quite a remarkable job on this album. Listening on headphones, I started to really appreciate the sound of Scott Rockenfield´s drumming (a very underrated drummer) and gradually I began to realize just how much work went into this album. Lets face it, releasing a sequel to Mindcrime was a huge risk! Queensryche is still a band that doesn´t just "go with the flow" and mastermind Geoff Tate is very unpredictable!

The twin lead guitar solos, the duets with Tate and Pamela Moore, Ed Jackson´s dirty bass sound and the catchy melodies are all here on this album. There are some really strong tracks on this album. The opening instrumental "Freiheit Ouverture" sets the scene perfectly for the songs about to follow. "The Hands" sounds like it could be on the first Mindcrime album. Geoff Tate does a duet with the one and only Ronnie James Dio on the song "The Chase" which is simply brilliant the way in which their voices "entwine" around each other. "Fear City Slide" is a very positive song about "Nikki" rising above all his problems. The duet with Pamela Moore on "All the promises" sees Nikki and Sister Mary looking back on their lives and realizing their love for one another was right in front of their noses!

There are seventeen songs on this album which gives room for a lot of mood swings that the band takes the listener through. Starting with Nikki´s release from prison, to his (slowly building up) hatred of Doctor X, to his eventual confrontration, and then killing of Doctor X, finishing up with how he has to carry on with his life and find peace within himself.

But there are also some very average to below average songs on this album, sometimes sounding very forced and trying to recapture the atmoshere of the first Mindcrime album.

The burning question everyone asks is ;Is it as good as the first Operation Mindcrime? No, it isn´t. It´s not bad, but far from excellent.

Review by semismart
5 stars Almost twenty years later, the release of the follow up to Queensryche's monumental creation, Operation Mindcrime had music lovers in general and Operation Mindcrime lovers specifically drooling.

So does Operation Mindcrime II, measure up to the original? That's what I'm here to discuss.

Operation Mindcrime I

Obviously, before Mindcrime II there was a Mindcrime I, so let's revisit I, before we get to II.

Nikki is an impressionable sociopath whom the evil "Doctor X" addicted to drugs, becoming his supplier. The agenda of Dr. X, the leader of "The Order" is unclear but his control of the suggestible Nikki is complete, and he compels Nikki to go on a mini crime spree, even assassinating a U.S. senator in the Doctor's behalf.

Niki is also involved with an ex-whore turned nun named Mary, emotionally and sexually, who is really the only positive influence in his life. The Doctor knows this. Worried that he may have confided in Mary and wanting to eliminate her influence, Dr. X orders Nikki to assassinate Sister Mary and the priest too, which in a drugged stupor, he does.

At first he doesn't remember killing Mary but seeing little flashbacks here and there , Nikki goes into a tailspin from guilt. Eventually, Nikki ends up in a hospital under guard, charged with Mary's murder.

Operation Mindcrime II

After eighteen years in prison, ready or not Nikki is released back into society. Nikki has had years to think about his life and how he ended up in prison and he has one thing and only one thing in mind to use his newfound freedom for. REVENGE! This is obvious when you open up the Cd booklet and the following poem appears on the first two pages :

REVENGE He awoke from a dream. "Where am I?" With his mind like a blank sheet of paper, he sat for hours staring at the television. Maybe something would click. A random news clip announces the successes of Xcide Pharmaceuticals-CLICK!

He remembered the killing. Oh, all the killing. With no faith in humanity, no trust in society and the system, innocence is lost. Is there meaning for such a worthless life?

The doctor, called X, said, "I will give you a mission! I will make you somebody! I'll show you a way into the INNER CIRCLE!" But only morality would make him somebody. Only morality would save him.

The church offered the prostitute Mary a way in with the promise of safety, love, and forgiveness. It was a lie. Like a life on the street, abuse by others happens here too.

And like a flood-it begins. All the memories.

"Kill the priest!" It was done but the satisfaction faded. Need more, something more. Revenge! And the hunt began-to save his soul.

Revenge is an endless cycle of action and reaction with another. To some, a worthy goal, but once attained, how would you feel? What then? Would you finally have peace?

He and Mary had it all-but couldn't see it. True love for another is everything.

The fallout is addiction. Numb the pain.

Immersed in violence. A worthless life? Numb the pain and sleep forever . . . ?


And so, Nikki has found purpose in his life. A goal worth living and dying for - the assassination of the evil "Doctor X".

Tracks 1 & 2 - Freiheit Ouvert�re & Convict - A wonderful introduction. One that really fits the mood and tempo of the following story, featuring full orchestration, including string section and double bass drums. The only problem was it length. At only 1:35 I found myself wishing it was a ten minute opus.

3 - I'm American - Is a hard driving fast paced song reminiscent of the third track from the original Mindcrime - Revolution Calling. The fact that Nikki leaves prison with a sense of entitlement is evident in the songs lyrics: " I've got no fear 'cause I've weathered the breakdown, San Quentin to the edge of the Big Town. I'm a man of the people, in the home of the brave, and I'm no man's slave.

Because I'm free, I deserve everything I can get. I'm American. I'm American."

4 - One Foot in Hell - A medium paced song where Nikki is starting to dwell more on the dirt done to him by the maleficent one - Doctor X. " Back streets . . . oh hell, back where I started from there's not a thing . . . but you. When they took you, when they took you from me and left you bleeding on that concrete floor. One man's obsession is another man's trash, and Mary was more than a whore.

And every day I breathe I remember more. I've become something you wouldn't believe!"

5 - Hostage - Is another medium speed song laden with strong guitar work and backup singing, where Nikki is ruminating about crooked politicians and all the injustice in the world. " Culture hostage. I'm writhing in the cold grasp of justice, as she turns away. Blind is she supposed to be but, someone took a razor to her mask.

Rusted now the scales you hold, the balance tipped by the weight of gold. When will it end? When will it ever end?"

6 - The Hands - The third medium tempo song in row, all good but sounding a little alike. On the Hands, Nikki's psychosis is beginning to show in the lyrics, which are very good: " When I'm lost . . . I find a way. I hear voices. I feel them surround me, pull me from the edge. I close my eyes and . . . .

my luck keeps holding strong, even when the boot comes down. Waiting for the revolution but there's no one around except the . . . hands out of nowhere, saving me again. There's always something there watching out for me, if I'm suffocating, it gives me air."

7 - Speed of Light - This song reminds me a lot of the original Mindcrime. It is a medium tempo number in which Nikki's mental questions are answered by his inner voices. Toward the end Mary asserts herself as one of the voices and Nikki assures her, "Don't worry, I'll kill the bastard!" " Wonder where'd the time go? There it was, gone in the blink of an eye. See how much life is left staring back in my face? But I know it now as clear as, clear as a window."

8 - Signs Say Go - Is an interesting if not exceptional song. Songs Say Go is a hard rocking fast speed song that sounds like the 'Ryche' of the eighties. The lyrics again feature the bantering between Nikki and his inner devils. " Imagine if you will, what it means . . . this worthless life. Tried my best to the scratch the surface got bloody broken fingernails.

Convincing stories of achievement, lies. All expectations smashed, never could comply. Generations come and go. And what will I be, the failure they see here?"

9 - Re-Arrange You - Is one of the best songs. It is a fast-paced song in the old Queensryche style featuring full orchestration and some truly interesting riffs. Although relatively short at 3:11 it has a big impact and displays there progressive tendencies. The song discusses how Nikki is closing in on Doctor X and it's inevitable that he will get him. "Last time, missed my chance but never again. The further away you slip, the more I'll dig in. All things come around again and this time I'll be ready and waiting. You can't imagine dedication that I now possess."

10 - The Chase - A hard driving varied paced number with a catchy chorus and violins in the background, this is where Nikki confronts the nefarious Doctor X. Ronnie James Dio playing the part of the nefarious Dr X and Geoff Tate spew back and forth a tirade of vitriolic aspersions in one of the highlights of the album. The Chase allows the listener an intriguing observation into Dr. X manipulations of Nikki, showing him to be just a tool in X's convoluted scheme. " You think you're smart, inventive because you've figured out my game? Pride is a handy substitute, when you've got only yourself to blame. All my dreams I've realized while you . . . were indisposed. While you've spent eighteen years watching TV, I've watched my fortune grow."

11 - Murder - Is a rather strange song that I only rate as average. Starting with an acoustic guitar and a cha cha beat, it morphs into heavy percussion indictment of violence. The second half of the song picks up speed and intensity but the damage is done for me. " Lost my faith in humanity and I don't trust in society I'm numb, cold, ready.

No one else dies today . . .

What did you do? I don't remember . . . Murderer! They say I'm a murderer!"

12 - Circles - Another strange song. The four lines below are the entire lyrics of this mostly instrumental, ethereal journey with a discordant electric guitar " I walk around in circles, up all night. I wish there was something in my life that turned out right. I'm waiting here for reasons that used to be clear. What I thought I needed so bad was always here . . ."

13- If I Could Change it All - Is a truly great bluesy ballad with a dialogue between Nikki and long dead Sister Mary that evolves into the blues being backed up by a choir. Sounds strange? It is, but it's wonderful as well. Then the song segues right into another powerful bluesy song "An Intentional Confrontation." You almost have to think of these two songs as one, " She said, "Baby, where you been? Why'd you have to leave me? I'm on the other side . . . just looking in." I've been so high; I climbed to the mountaintop, looked at myself and . . .

I'd tell you anything you want to hear. And I'd desert you when I'm through. I'd say anything because true love don't mean a thing to a man, who's not a man, but a fool."

14 - An Intentional Confrontation " Where are you now? Feeling small. Can't live without it? You call this your best? I made my life a mess. And everyone but you sees it. What a fool. What are you gonna do, make more excuses? Why don't you tie it off? Hang myself? End your pathetic little life!"

15 - A Junkie's Blues - Is another excellent song. It has an long heavy introduction but settles down into a powerful philosophic ballad, with some of Tate's strongest vocals, backed by the orchestra. " I still have questions with no answers. I'm alive . . . but I'm not living. I don't have much time left . . . I just know this: I've lived a violent life. I might as well be dead.

I just want to sleep forever and forget . . ."

16 - Fear City Slide - Is a medium tempo song with a catchy melody and chorus. It's another song reminiscent of the older 'Ryche'including a strong ending guitar solo. " Come on, come on gotta take a ride, Fear City slide. Last chance @ suicide.

Come on, come on leave your head outside, you've built a lie. Last chance @ suicide."

17 - All the Promises - Is a soft sad acoustic ballad between the former lovers, the long dead Sister Mary and Nikki. Does Nikki commit suicide? Who knows? I couldn't figure it out. Maybe we'll see an Operation Mindcrime III. " Is there some other way out of here? Somewhere I could find myself? Can't sleep enough, can't stay high. All the promises . . . just another lie.

I've always been afraid except . . . in the moments that I loved you. The only time I felt strong was when you stood next to me. I could make a stand if . . . I could hold your hand again . . ."


So, is Operation Mindcrime II (OMII) as good as the original? I don't think that anyone would argue that OMII is as good or better than the original. Rarely does an album reach the lofty heights achieved with the original Operation Mindcrime, which I have suggested on several occasions, is the ultimate concept album ever produced.

That's not to mean that OMII doesn't have merit. It is a good album. In fact, it is a very good album and Queensryche's best album since Empire. It's just not OMI, but then again ninety-nine percent of the albums I have are not as good as OMI.

The good news is that after several listens and after writing this review, I have decided that Operation Mindcrime II is both a worthy followup to the original and a great stand on it's own album. The older Queensryche sound (translates into good) is back and Tate's vocals are both emotional and inspired.

The beginning of the album is great and the end is excellent. In addition three of the best songs are in the middle. If you are a Queensryche fan you shouldn't be disappointed. If you're not a Queensryche fan, you shouldn't be disappointed.

Killer songs are: Freiheit Ouvert�re, I'm American, The Hands, Signs Say Go, Re-Arrange You, The Chase, If I Could Change It All, An Intentional Confrontation, A Junkie's Blues.

Review by 1800iareyay
3 stars QR had rebounded off of the double failure of Hear in theNow Frontier and Q2K with the lyrically excellent Tribe. The pressure was on to deliver, and, once again missing Chris DeGarmo, announced they were releasing a follow-up to their finest and, in my opinion, prog metal's finest album, Operation Mindcrime. The fan community immediately split between those who believed messing with such a masterpiece after the band had passed it's prime was blasphemy and those who were intrigued.

When I picked up OMII, I wasn't impressed at first. I gave it one or two spins then moved on to some other albums I had recently purchased. Then, I saw QR live and they performed OM and OMI back to back. The theatrical nature of the show explained parts of the concept that hadn't clicked yet fell into place. I went back and listened to the album and suddenly, it blossomed. The albums sound as if they were recorded bsck to back with the exception of Geoff's diminished voice, though he acquits himself nicely. The guitars and drums all bring back memories of classic Ryche.

The album opens with Nikki's release from prison after 18 years (the time between the two albums). He must now try to adapt to modern life, but he wants revenge on Dr. X. Nikki soon falls back on old habits, and the album may be even darker than the original. Songs like "I'm American," "Signs Say Go," and "Re-Arrange You" are urgent, fueling Nikki's desire for revenge. The standout track is "The Chase," which features a vocal battle between Geoff and Ronnie James Dio, who voices Dr. X.

This album is a worthy follow-up to its mighty predecessor. At first, this seems like an attempt to cash in on former glory. However, the album is fresh and the band isn't doing this for money, since fans will buy any album and non-fans and those who have never heard of teh band won't. Fans might be uneasy after DeGarmo's second departure. However, the lyrics are just as sharp. After all, OM was Geoff's brainchild. The musicianship is high without being overwhelming, and new guitarists Mike Stone is a worthy replacement for Chris, unlike Kelly Gray. Overall, this album deserves three stars, but it's very close to four, like a C+. Fans should own this album, but newcomers should hold off until you've gotten the classics.

Review by Gatot
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2 stars I have always enjoyed concept album because of the brilliant ideas from musicians that emerged into story line. With that story line, the musicians compose a stream of music in the modes that suit the story line. Even though in most of cases I don't really care about what story the musicians try to tell us, understanding the overall theme is interesting to explore for me. The case was true when I listened to Queensryche first "Operation: Mindcrime" for the first time. In fact, that was my first experience with the band because initially I thought that Queeensryhe was not a prog bad, it's typical glam rock bands that emerged aroung the eighties. Thanks to the net that made me connected to the information super highway where I finally found a rave review about "Operation: Mindcrime" album. Since then I explored further the music of Queensryche, even though I was not a gie hard fan. For sure, I like the band because of its clean sound and good composition.

When I heard that the concept album was about to be continued into second part, I did not expect a lot about what would be the final product. Why? It's because I think the band just tried to re-awake the glory days of their past by using the same album name and put "II" to tell the fans that the previous story line was continued right here, at this album. I turned out that this album sounded quite mediocre to my ears and only the first couple of songs that are good songs. Of course, the "Freihet Overture" is an excellent one and it flows excellently into "I'm American". The music is a nice blend of medium to high register notes in relatively fast tempo accompanying Geoff Tate clear and transparent voice. The double guitar work sounds good to my ears. All songs are delivered seamlessly from one track to another and all of them are expected to tell the whole story line. That's a brilliant idea.

But I have a very big problem in my attempt to comprehend the whole album. FYI, I'm not inclined to review some songs but I'm more interested in seeing the album from a helicopter view. I have found that this album does not project any compelling storyline when it comes to how the music supports it. I have not seen the album has a "strong soul" about the music and the storyline. It sounds to me that the music is being forced to be like this way because the band seemed like working very hard to make this second part as excellent as the first part. The result is a music that does not flow naturally. Having been a shadow of critically acclaimed first part, the band has created an incevenient situation where they compose the music not in a Queensryche standard.

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Review by SoundsofSeasons
1 stars This is the most God-awful thing ive ever had the displeasure to hear. From the generic and recycled sound of the band members, to the chalk-board screaching sound of Geoff Tate's voice. "What the hell is this garbage", is the only line i can hear still ringing in my ears after listening to this. What drove them to make this album? I know what, they have fans that would buy it. I truly believe, that for someone to believe this album is any sort of masterpiece should really re-think whether they are rating based on the album, or based on their high pedestal views of the band. If you are a super-fan of this album, you'll probably buy this anyway, but considering the numerous 3 star reviews here, even from fans of the band, you can tell that this album is by no means "excellent". From someone who is NOT a fan of the band, i can say i probably never will be just because of this album. An album with a hellish premise a hellish sound and a hellish value.
Review by UMUR
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3 stars "Operation: Mindcrime II" is the 9th full-length studio album by US heavy metal/hard rock act Queensr˙che. The album was released through Rhino Entertainment in April 2006. It´s the successor to "Tribe from 2003 and features one lineup change since the predecessor as guitarist Mike Stone has now become a permanent member of the lineup (Stone recorded some parts on "Tribe (2003)" but wasn´t a permanent member of the band on that album). "Operation: Mindcrime II" is a concept album and a sequel to "Operation: Mindcrime" from 1988. An album which is widely considered the band´s crowning achivement, although "Empire (1990)" was the more commercially successful release.

Turmoil within the band meant that most of the album was written by lead vocalist Geoff Tate and new guitarist Mike Stone, while the rest of the band only contributed small parts to the album and didn´t record much either. Many parts were recorded by session musicians. The concept story starts where "Operation: Mindcrime (1988)" left off, only 18 years down the line, with protagonist Nikki being released from prison after serving his time for the murder of Sister Mary (who we know was actually murdered by Dr. X). The album goes through a wide range of Nikki´s emotions and actions, from anger, despair, and him questioning his own sanity, to another arrest, and him being on the run. Finally he gets his revenge over Dr. X when he kills him, but finds no solace in his deed, and ends up committing suicide. The story ends with Nikki´s spirit being reunited with Sister Mary´s in the afterlife (maybe in heaven?).

So the stage is set for another epic concept story like the original from 1988 and in some ways the concept works well. Musically though "Operation: Mindcrime II" has a hard time competing with "Operation: Mindcrime (1988)", as it predominantly continues the hard/heavy rock trend of the last couple of albums, which means the quality is alright, but there are only few standout tracks, and quite a few less remarkable ones. When they occassionally touch heavy metal territory they shine a bit more, and it becomes even more apparent what the less remarkable tracks on the album lack, and that´s attitude and heavy metal power. "Operation: Mindcrime II" is their most heavy metal oriented release in years though, and Queensr˙che should receive some praise for that.

Not surprisingly the musicianship is on a high level, and Tate was still a skilled and powerful singer at this point. The performances may be delivered by seasoned professionals, but it´s not instrumental performances dripping with sweat and raw emotion. It all sounds rather cold, flat, and calculated, and if it´s true that the other members didn´t contribute many parts to the album, that´s probably a good explanation, because however lacklustre some of their mid to late 90s releases are, they were always clearly performed with the right amount of passion and conviction.

The flat and compressed sound production does not make things better, and especially the drum sound is a bit of an abomination. Sometimes I´m in doubt if the drums are actually programmed rather than played by a human drummer. It´s safe to say it doesn´t sound like Scott Rockenfield playing. Of course even a world class drummer like him can have his performance ruined by a drum sound like the one on this album, but I´ll be very surprised if I learn that it´s him playing here.

So much is ruined by the sound production and the somewhat lifeless instrumental performances, but "Operation: Mindcrime II" is still relatively well written and enjoyable to some extent while it plays. It´s not the triumphant return to form that some fans may have expected/hoped for, when it was revealed that the band was working on an "Operation: Mindcrime (1988)" sequel, but it´s not completely redundant either. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

Originally posted on Metal Music Archives

Review by ProgBagel
3 stars Queensryche - 'Operation Mindcrime II' 3 stars

Not on par with 'Operation Mindcrime', but still a pretty good album.

Queensryche adopts a more orchestrational approach fused with a similar sound of the first part. Chris DeGarmo has sadly left again, but his replacement this time was able to hold somewhat up to his standards. Taking in the music on this album can take some concentration. It seems the album is heavily focused on the story, so it has a near theatrical feel to it. There is still some great instrumental moments that are worthy of the title 'Classic Queensryche'. I'm not a Queensryche fan myself but I felt a bit of pleasure listening to this. Any fan of the band would find this an excellent album and deservedly so.

Review by Conor Fynes
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.

Review by Rune2000
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2 stars Queensr˙che surprised everyone in 2006 by releasing a follow-up album to their 18-year old masterpiece. Operation: Mindcrime II was initially met with positive reviews and exclamations of Queensr˙che's revival. Well actually the things weren't all that great since I found this release overambitious and eventually quite dull.

It all starts off well with the thematic intro followed by the up-tempo track I'm American. Unfortunately this is where the album runs out of steam since once the story actually begins the music suffers tremendously. There are just no hooks or memorable interplays to keep me interested in the progression and once the album is over and I've learned how the story ends there's just not much replay value. On top of that Murderer? is probably the worst track that the band ever released and it's gonna take great deal of therapy in order to erase it from my brain.

I can't blame the band for not trying since lyrically this is an interesting follow-up but the music is too bland and uninteresting that I could have just as well bought a the booklet and read the lyrics without spending my money on the entire CD.

***** star songs: I'm American (2:53)

**** star songs: Freiheit Ouvertüre (1:36) Hostage (4:30) The Hands (4:37) If I Could Change It All (4:28) Fear City Slide (4:58)

*** star songs: Convict (0:08) One Foot In Hell (4:13) Speed Of Light (3:12) Signs Say Go (3:17) Re-arrange You (3:11) The Chase (3:10) Circles (2:59) An Intentional Confrontation (2:32) A Junkie's Blues (3:42) All The Promises (5:11)

** star songs: Murderer? (4:34)

Total rating: 3,36

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
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3 stars The operation was a success but the patient was put to sleep

Queensr˙che followed up their masterpiece "Operation Mindcrime" with this offering and I eagerly awaited to hear it like every other Queensryche fan. There is good news and bad news. The good news is it is not half as bad or mediocre as some of the bands discography, the bad news is it doesn't hold a candle to the original. I love the way though it faithfully continues where the first album left off continuing the sage of the assassin who is being mind controlled by deviants. But it does not have the same surprises or star material.

Tate is in full voice and the guitars are excellent at times but overall it does not deliver the goods. There is a great deal of mediocrity on this and there should not be. If you are going to make a sequel of a masterpiece you can at least try to match the excellence of the first album but I feel there is a lot of throwaway filler material such as Murderer?

There are some great moments making this a worthwhile purchase. The intro is dynamic and full of innovation. I'm American is a killer track and memorable. Freiheit Ouvertüre, Hostage, If I Could Change It All and Fear City Slide are wonderful proggy songs with great hooks and fret melting lead breaks, the drums and bass are an effective rhythm machine throughout. Other songs are only half decent such as One Foot In Hell, Speed Of Light, Re-arrange You, The Chase and An Intentional Confrontation.

So I was left a little disappointed, and even Pamela Moore does not measure up, it is forgettable apart from a few shining moments. It grew on me more after a few listens but lacked the power of the original that was mindblowing. Yes, it was a real letdown, but I found the best way to hear this is with the first album and as a rather lengthy conceptualisation the two work together very well. I would love to see a DVD of these two albums performed live as an intriguing project. 3 stars for the excellent moments.

Review by CCVP
4 stars Imma Merrican with one foot in hell

Eighteen years. That's the amount of time that separates the original Operation: Mindcrime and its follow up, cleaverly named Operation: Mindcrime II. In that timeframe a lot has changed, both in the music scene and in the band that released those albums, and that shows (a lot, by the way). The band has changed from one of the chief representatives of progressive metal, a high profile band with either respectable or very impressive releases with respectable sales, a real a spokesman of a (then) new genre of music to a somewhat decadent band living off a rabid following that tried to get a hold of new trends as it could.

Operation: Mindcrime 2 comes to put an end to that latter period of the band's life. At this point in time, Queensr˙che is trying to get a hold of itself once more and, wile purging away its demons from the passing decade, attemp a return to their old form. That, however, does not come easy. Many have become distrustful of the band's direction and a bit less than a decade of alternative music has left its scars in the band's music. From time to time you can still sense or feel that they are struggling not to drive into that road, that the band is strugging to go back to their old style.

Beyond that, there is also the time problem: the bandmembers have gone older ald the weight of time has hit vocalist Geoff Tate with a specially hard hit: his vocal abilities no more can match the potency and the range of before and that can be felt through the whole album. His voice, without a doubt, became older. That can be seen really clearly when Dio, who is more than 15 years older than Tate, appears in the album as Doctor X in the tenth song , The Chase, and shows his voice. The comparison is brutally cruel and for Tate.

Another problem with the second comming of Operation: Mindcrime is the running time of the album. Although in the original release nearly one hour of music seemed just right, the 2006 version, in spite of having nearly the same length, is too long for its own good. The band is clearly not in their creative peak anymore (that was almost two decades ago), so to thaw the album lenth would have been a great. Less time would theorically give less space for mistakes or bad ideas and would make the good ideas shine more, what unfortunately does not happen.

Though having many downsides, Operation: Mindcrime II is not without qualities. The first I would point is the songwriting itself, which, in spite of not being the best piece of progressive metal composition out there, is pretty decent. The band actually managed to bring back some of their old style and the early 90's feeling to their music. As I mentioned before, however, this does not comes without some bad turns and twists along the way.

The storytelling is also very well done. It is not as metaphotical and artsy as in the original 1988 album, however. It is a much more direct and straight to the point storytelling, as if in a rock opera in the likes of Jesus Christ Superstar. The listener , this time, sees the story even more in the eyes of the protagonist than the first time and, at times, it seems to be just besides him.

As for the instrumental work, it is also very well done overall, but there are some uninspired parts through in the middle of the album. Operarion: Mindcrime II stars very well, then it gets predictable, then it good again, then boring, good, bad, good. . . it feels like a roller coaster ride at times. As I said before, the album would be much better if it was simply shorter, but in the end the good parts do outnumber the bad parts.

Grade and Final Thoughts

Operation:Mindcrime II suffers from a seriouscondition: the back-to-form syndrome. The albums that have this usually suffer from other problem as well: rejection from outside the fanbase. In other words, this is an album for Queensr˙che fans, most of all.

For me it is undeniable that, in the end, this piece of music is very good and interesting, but then I really like this band and even so I still had some problems fiding my way through it for the firsts times I played it. But rest assured, if you manage to see through the less favorable parts of this album, it is very rewarding, since most, (but not all) of the goodies are kept in the first and last five songs of Operation: Mindcrime II.

Keeping that in mind, 4 stars for this criminally underrated release.

Review by siLLy puPPy
3 stars OPERATION MINDCRIME II is the sequel to the the 1988 classic and the ninth studio album by QUEENSRYCHE. The story picks up where the first left off where Nikki is arrested for the murder of his favorite prostitute turned nun Sister Mary. The story picks up faithfully 18 years later as he is released from prison and seeks the ultimate revenge on none other than Dr X who single-handedly flushed his life down the big crapper. We get a reprise from Pamela Moore as Sister Mary and even a cameo from Ronnie James Dio who takes on the unflattering role of Dr X. The band was in the midst of all the 2000s drama at this point. Chris DeGarmo, who briefly reunited with the band on "Tribe" butted heads with Geoff Tate and left for good. Due to diminishing sales the band retreated to one of their most respected albums and decided to make a sequel. Well not really. This seems to be a Geoff Tate project with the other members in name only. This was a studio musician affair with Rockenfield and Wilton's tracks being re-recorded by others and it sounds like it.

I have to admit that I was excited when this was released and even liked it at first, however even upon first listen it is immediately apparent that this is far inferior to the 1988 classic. The story is the best part as it explains a lot about what happened to the characters and even some of the individual tracks are pretty good. Even now I still find this an ok listen, but after repeated listens this definitely loses some of its luster. I find it safe to say that disappoints despite my overwhelming desire to want to like it. I love tracks like "I'm American," "If I Could Change It All" and "Fear City Side" and a few others are ok-ish, but many of these are really not that great and the charade of how it was made becomes more apparent upon every spin. I really wish this could have been made in the 90s perhaps after "Empire" when the band was still at their peak and DeGarmo was on board but as history has unfolded it was not to be and in the process this is a very mixed album for me. OK but not great. Does it diminish the original? Hell no. I can still listen to that at any given moment and be floored and this only becomes weaker and weaker YET it isn't a total waste of time either.

Review by patrickq
2 stars It's a bit trite to knock the sequel for not being as good as the original. But if the original Operation: Mindcrime (1988) wasn't so great, this album would probably not have been had presented as a sequel. Put another way: bands rarely make sequels to their albums. And when they do make a sequel, years later, it shouldn't be a surprise when they choose an original that's considered a classic.

I ordered Operation: Mindcrime II the minute it became available. And I hated it. Looking back, I'm not sure what I could have expected, but whatever that was, the album didn't deliver.

But in retrospect, this album isn't quite as bad as it originally seemed to me. The main fault of Operation: Mindcrime II is its lackluster compositions. Whereas the original fused heavy metal and heavy melody, the sequel's attempts at hooks falls flat. To be fair, in a few aspects of Operation: Mindcrime II compares favorably to the original. There are several nice segues between tracks, for example; and there's some really good singing dialogue between vocalist Geoff Tate and Pamela Moore (who reprises her role from the original) and between Tate and Ronnie James Dio.

In concept, Operation: Mindcrime II might come across as a money grab by a once-successful band hoping to regain its onetime glory. And in actuality, that might have been exactly what it was. In any event, judged on its own merits, Operation: Mindcrime II is a two-star album: not as bad as it seems at first, but not very good either.

Review by Menswear
4 stars Letting the past in the past.

I will not moan about how Tate and Friends painfully fell down the stairs of glory right into the ungrateful puddle of has-beeniry. I will not emphasize that they've lost their mojo when DeMarco left and that they clutched at the straws of the past. We get it: they divorced, now mommy and daddy are living their lives apart.

But I will say this: there is still gasoline in the creative tank of Queensryche.

Grimy and aggressive. Imaginative and catchy. Masterful and polished. Many times I pressed the replay button, thing that won't happen with an Henry Cow record by the way. I am surprised as you are, many times I stopped the song exclaiming: 'Wow! What was that?!' Surprisingly well-played, Scott Rocks is pounding cleverly on the drums and Michael Wilton is showing us that he still knows what duelling guitars mean. Great vocals by Tate, who seems to spit vitriol with energy and maestria (read balls). You can clearly hear his enthusiasm and it's contagious. Top that with, again this time, majestic choirs and religious and orchestrated strings.

On the less exciting side, the love story is taking too much space. The concept of the revolution leaded by Doctor X is putted more aside to let Rikki's guilt and sadness sing. Hmph. Not the path I would have chosen. Yes, Sister Mary won't come back, but after 18 years in the can, I thought Rikki would've been more pissed at the world. Again, less love, more rock please?

You will think: « This guy's obviously a fan. He sugarcoates it. » Nope, uh-uh. In this world where Ayreon, Dream Theater and Blind Guardian lead the metal-opera, Mindcrime 2 is less over-the-top, dirtier (Rikki's greasy hair and filthy fingernails), more accessible and far less dizzying the the others. You easily grow tired (and bored) of double albums of metallic tugs of war, not the case here. A few duds but nothing to drown the fun.

Being a Queensryche fan is a long and unpredictable road. Sometimes you scream for more, sometimes you beg to make it stop.

An hour of theatrical metallic fun.

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5 stars After being a 'Rchye fan since the mid 80s I was also a bit worried when I heard that they where recording OM2. It took around 15 listens before it started to 'click'. Well what an album....I don't think to compair the 2 OM is fair. After having listening to it all week I just cant put it ... (read more)

Report this review (#75450) | Posted by illawarra_steel | Wednesday, April 19, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Ok, rychers ... I heard about the record being made either last year or earlier In the year. I sort of quickly forgot about it until I was at best buy and Magically saw it out of the corner of my eye. I was looking for ZZ top at the Time, and quickly stopped in my tracks to look at it. First ... (read more)

Report this review (#75193) | Posted by BLUESTRAPS | Sunday, April 16, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars When I heard about the making of this album - I couldn't eat, sleep or rest waiting for it to be released.The original OM, along with Rage for Order and Empire were and still are amongst the most prized albums in my quite considerable collection. Did it live up to expectations? Resoundingly YES ... (read more)

Report this review (#74990) | Posted by rowck001 | Saturday, April 15, 2006 | Review Permanlink

3 stars When I heard this was being recorded I was torn between fear and excitement. Queensryche haven't been very impressive in some time, a long time actually. I really think the band started a decline right after the release of "Promised Land" in 1994. The original "Mindcrime" was an a amazing mix ... (read more)

Report this review (#74559) | Posted by silversaw | Monday, April 10, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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