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Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime

=Staff's pick

I Remember Now
Revolution Calling*
Operation: Mindcrime*
Spreading The Disease*
The Mission*
Suite Sister Mary
The Needle Lies*
Electric Requiem
Breaking The Silence*
I Don't Believe In Love*
Waiting For 22
My Empty Room
Eyes Of A Stranger*

Genre Progressive Metal
Geoff Tate
Tracks 15
Chris DeGarmo
Runningtime 59 Min.
Michael Wilton
Label EMI
Eddie Jackson
Release 03 May 1988
Scott Rockenfield
Country USA
Similar artists Fates Warning

Operation: Mindcrime has got to be seen as one of the best metal albums throughout the history.
Well, everyone perhaps doesn't agree on that, but I'm sure that most of you must agree on that there isn't a concept album that can match up to this one.

With Mindcrime the third release saw the daylight from Seattle's progressive metalers Queensrÿche, and it was with this release that they struck gold. Empire, that was their following album also made a great success but since then they hasn't reached the same heights again, yet that is. Queensrÿche is still around making good albums but they have a long way back to go if they ever will make another album with the quality of the two mentioned.

The story of the album in a rough and short interpretation:
The main character Nikki is a man without hope that gets recruited by Dr. X and his organization that is anarchistic and revolutionary. In exchange for drugs Nikki becomes a brainwashed hitman triggered to follow orders when he hears the word: Mindcrime.
Then there is a young prostitute named Mary that gets saved from the streets by father William that makes her become a nun, and later demands sex in return for his favor.
Mary later also get recruited by Dr. X and is given the task to supply Nikki with sex and drugs so that he can be kept restrained.
Nikki is then given the order to take out father William and Mary but has fell in love with the girl and only manages to kill father William and plans to kill Dr. X instead of Mary, only to then find himself in a "catch 22". If he kills Dr. X he loses his supply of drugs. He then returns to Mary only to find her murdered and is arrested at the crime scene by the police that commits him to the other killings he has made.

I'm not gonna mention that much about the music on the album, if you haven't heard it I strongly recommend that you immediately goes out and buy yourself a copy. This is an album that ought to be in every record collection.

Rumor has it that movie director David Cronenburg (eXistenZ, Naked Lunch, Dead Ringers, The Fly, Videodrome, Scanners) was about to make Operation: Mindcrime into a motion picture, why this never happened I don't know, maybe because it was just a rumor.
But I must say that I really like the idea of "Operation: Mindcrime The Movie", and yet it is not to late…






10 chalices of 10 - Thomas

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