Son of a bitch! This is another strong song, and again Tate is strong vocally. Now I was intrigued. The use of acoustic guitars, keyboards, synths and of course soundbites play a vital role in creating an additional layer to both the sound and story. The concept album format almost exclusively makes the storyline of an album a bit difficult to follow, even more so if the listener isn’t taking the time to read along with the lyrics in the sleeve. He runs through the streets calling her name “Breaking the Silence”.
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Queensrÿche – Operation: Mindcrime – Reviews – Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives
mindrime If I were to dissect all of the album’s central songs, or even “Anarchy-X” measure for measure, remove the drums and bass, the beautiful vocals, the subtle but effective synthesizers, each of the guitar progressions would be enjoyable by its lonesome. Through his friendship and growing affection toward Sister Mary, Nikki begins to question the nature of what he is doing, seeing that Dr.
Mindcrime is a track story about a heroin addict named Nikki who, disgruntled and fed up with the corruption he sees in the government and organized religion, decides to mindcrimee for the mysterious Dr.
Some critic once described Queensryche’s style as “thinking mans metal” by reading this small part of the lyrics you may understand what that critic meant. I still derive enjoyment from the textures found in songs like Spreading The Disease and Suite Sister Mary, and Geoff Tate’s chorused singing only add to this delicious audio.
It’s at this point in the qudensryche that the incredibly unoriginal lyrical content and the sloppy songwriting and in some cases execution seem to me to merge into one, the mediocrity and monotony of the music perfectly fitting that of the thematic elements.
30 Years Ago: Queensryche Release Defining Concept Album ‘Operation: Mindcrime’
Operatiion area in which he excels in the most however, would be the choruses, as they allow him to simply let loose and allow him to put all of his emotion into his voice. What else to tell you about this monumental album? I rate on a 10 point scale. Finally, after a couple more interludes because clearly the album was no slow enough yetwe get “Eyes of a Stranger,” my personal favorite song on the album, although after slogging through so much shit, I’m not exactly excited about another 7 minute song; out of context, however, it is, to give credit where credit is due, a great track.
Lyrically, while the album serves to follow its character perspectives with a blue-collar rage, its perfectly cast to the music, queebsryche there are a number of unforgettable phrases throughout. Anarchy, drugs, murder, prostitution, and institutionalization are all, among others, themes that the lyrics of Geoff Tate ably explore throughout this crown jewel of prog metal.
Also, too many intros.
30 Years Ago: Queensryche Create Their Future With ‘Operation: Mindcrime’
Mindcrime is without a doubt the greatest concept album of all time. Sputnikmusic reviewer called it “one of the greatest heavy metal releases to date”, which left a “legacy for both the band and the progressive metal genre.
If albums like this band’s first full length album “The Warning”, Helloween’s “Keeper” albums, and Dio’s “Last in Line” pioneered merging the genres of metal and 70s progressive rock, this is the album that made it universally accessible both to a wide audience and to a large number of bands.
This is once again a great song. Both of them are alienated and easy to manipulate, and also believe themselves to be completely unable to control what is going on around them.
This is one of my favourite tracks on the album.
Mindcrime includes samples, acted segments, operatic swells, and an enduring blend of brash riffage, prog rock rhythms and acoustic arpeggios that augment both the pile driving rockers and heart-on-sleeve ballads. A midpaced rocker, you say?
And now, the major single, Eyes Of A Stranger, being the second-most memorable, and having the best chorus, I’d suggest trying this one quensryche first. James Barton and the rest of the engineers did a knockout job of fusing the varied elements together, none ever too loud that they drown out another, despite the 80s proclivity for setting the vocals so high in the mix.
In the middle of the album?
Operation: Mindcrime – Wikipedia
Mindcrime and bonus clips. X, whom uses a form of drug to brainwash individuals and thus, tasks Nikki to assassinate various targets. Nor would it take a high intellect to be able to make an ‘abstraction’ out of “Suite Sister Mary” or the title track.
Spreading the Disease, which tells the story of Sister Mary, is fast and in-your-face with powerful energy and aggression. Anyways, Pamela Moore sings as Mary on this song, doing a pretty competent work accompanying Tate. In conclusion, this is obligatory listening for any fan of melodic and progressive metal.
In terms of individual songs, there are no personal favorites, or to be more accurate, they are ALL favorites. Tate and DeGarmo, Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield create this monstrous admixture of melody, harmony, atmosphere, power and drama through a riff-set that even for its day would hardly be considered complicated or technical, and yet its impact is timeless.
Mindcrime was indeed something special. Well, at least there’s another vocalist in this song, right? I still have my original CD copy, and it sounds unbelievable cranked up.
I will cut them a little slack for this one fact alone: