12/14: The Cult
And now... a recap of the 99 albums that have been posted:
100 Dominici - 03: A Trilogy, Part 2
99 Hammerfall - Legacy of Kings
98 Def Leppard - Pyromania
97 Y&T - Mean Streak
96 Pink Cream 69 - Sonic Dynamite
95 BLAZE - The Tenth Dimension
94 Fifth Angel - Fifth Angel
93 Magnitude 9 - Reality in Focus
92 Grim Reaper - Rock You to Hell
91 Twilightning - Delerium Veil
90 Rush - Permanent Waves
89 At Vance - Only Human
88 Iced Earth - Something Wicked This Way Comes
87 UFO - Lights Out
86 Magnum - On a Storyteller's Night
85 Europe - Wings of Tomorrow
84 Halford - Resurrection
83 Threshold - Hypothetical
82 Mercenary - The Hours That Remain
81 Metal Church - Blessing in Disguise
80 Brazen Abbot - My Resurrection
79 Pantera - Cowboy's From Hell
78 DGM - FrAme
77 Yngwie Malmsteen - Odyssey
76 Anubis Gate - Andromeda Unchained
75 Tesla - Mechanical Resonance
74 Andy McKee - The Art of Motion
73 Jaded Heart - Trust
72 Enchant - A Blueprint For the World
71 Shadow Gallery - Tyranny
70 Ark - Burn the Sun
69 Gary Moore - Wild Frontier
68 Overkill - Horrorscope
67 Bloodbound - Tabula Rasa
66 King's X - Dogman
65 Journey - Frontiers
64 Pagan's Mind - Enigmatic : Calling
63 Cornerstone - Two Tales of One Tomorrow
62 Judas Priest - Painkiller
61 Vanishing Point - The Fourth Season
60 Royal Hunt - Paradox
59 Hibria - Defying the Rules
58 Gotthard - Lipservice
57 Crimson Glory - Crimson Glory
56 Ion Vein - Reigning Memories
55 Labyrinth - Return to Heaven Denied
54 Firewind - Allegiance
53 Saxon - Lionheart
52 Allen/Lande - The Battle
51 Riot - The Brethren of the Longhouse
50 Savatage - Edge of Thorns
49 Blue Murder - Blue Murder
48 Avantasia - The Wicked Symphony
47 Kamelot - Epica
46 Evergrey - Recreation Day
45 Pyramaze - Immortal
44 Primal Fear - Seven Seals
43 Anthrax - Spreading the Disease
42 Nocturnal Rites - Grand Illusion
41 Helloween - Keeper of the 7 Keys
40 Angra - Rebirth
39 Rainbow - Rising
38 Vanden Plas - Christ 0
37 Sonata Arctica - Eclitpica
36 Tad Morose - Modus Vivendi
35 Dream Theater - Scenes From a Memory
34 Thin Lizzy - Black Rose
33 Kansas - Masque
32 Dio - Holy Diver
31 Circus Maximus - Isolate
30 Dungeon - A Rise to Power
29 Kamelot - The Black Halo
28 Masterplan - Masterplan
27 Blind Guardian - A Night at the Opera
26 Billy Joel - The Stranger
25 Iron Maiden - Powerslave
24 Riot - The Privilege of Power
23 Edguy - Mandrake
22 Symphony X - The Divine Wings of Tragedy
21 Gamma Ray - Land of the Free
20 Redemption - The Fullness of Time
19 Queensryche - The Warning
18 Iron Maiden - Brave new World
17 Evergrey - The Inner Circle
16 Bruce Dickinson - Accident of Birth
15 Whitesnake - Whitesnake
14 Circle II Circle - Burden of Truth
13 Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
12 Seventh Wonder - Mercy Falls
11 Stratovarius - Visions
10 Fates warning - Parallels
09 Symphony X - V: The New Mythology Suite
08 Evergrey - In Search of Truth
07 Blind Guardian - Imaginations From the Other Side
06 Dream Theater - Images and Words
05 Edguy - Hellfire Club
04 WASP - The Crimson Idol
03 Savatage - Streets
02 Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
I will be posting #1 TONIGHT sometime - probably around 9 pm EST!
Shit, #1 actually is Operation Mindcrime. I thought it was already there because I remember seeing Queensryche but I guess not.
I knew you'd discover love.....
Last edited by JRA; 09-15-2011 at 07:15 PM.
Queensryche - Operation : Mindcrime (1988)
Well, here we are. I'll save the majority of the "emotional recap" stuff for a follow-up post and just get to the point. When I set out to do this list, I assumed that this album would finish #2, and the album that finished #2 would be in this spot. However, throughout the course of this process I took the time to revisit most of these albums, which included listening to both of these albums back to back - and what I realized is that all in all, I actually prefer this album a hair over Somewhere In Time. I even checked back later to make sure it wasn't just how I was feeling that night.
Queensryche are essentially the band that invented Progressive Metal with 1984's "The Warning" - and they evolved considerably for their sophomore album "Rage For Order" in 1986. It made sense that their third full-length would be a full-blown concept album - and what a record it is.
Operation : Mindcrime really doesn't NEED much of an introduction, as it is one of the most universally praised metal records of all time, and it's truly deserving of every positive review you've ever read. Queensryche was still "mainstream-minded" enough here that they produced an album that manages to be a thrilling, well-written, and emotionally compelling story... that had hit singles. The majority of the album is still honestly very manageable 4-minute songs with great hooks and melodies, which is probably why I like it so much. This album appeals to virtually every part of me that loves music. Great concept? Check. Catchy songs? Check. Intricate/Technical Playing? Check. Emotional Viability? Check. Lyrical and musical depth? Check. Occasionally over the top bombast? Check.
Basically, with Mindcrime - Queensryche made a record that Prog/Concept Record geeks can love the shit out of - but yet it doesn't turn off even the most straight-forward song-minded metal fan. Even my friends who don't generally like Prog Metal still think Mindcrime is an amazing record. It's truly one of those albums that sort of transcends all boundaries in metal. My best friend's girlfriend who liked no metal at all STILL appreciated it for the theatrical aspect. If you don't like this record at least a bit, you probably have bad taste - end of story.
I've seen this record live in its entirety twice, and as a live show (even when played by an inferior lineup) - it is thrilling and amazing. These songs have become an essential part of my life both as a musician and not. It's one of those very rare albums that I'm basically always in the mood for. Hell, as much as I love The Warning - if it weren't for how undeniably mindblowing this album is, I probably would've completely lost interest in this band's entire history by now. But when a band sucks for 20 years and you still love them essentially because of the validity of one album? I think that pretty much speaks for itself.
01 I Remember Now (1:17)
02 Anarchy X (1:27)
03 Revolution Calling (4:42)
04 Operation:Mindcrime (4:43)
05 Speak (3:42)
06 Spreading the Disease (4:07)
07 The Mission (5:46)
08 Suite Sister Mary (10:41)
09 The Needle Lie (3:08)
10 Electric Requiem (1:22)
11 Breaking the Silence (4:34)
12 I Don't Believe in Love (4:23)
13 Waiting for 22 (1:05)
14 My Empty Room (1:28)
15 Eyes of a Stranger (6:40)
"Eyes of a Stranger"
I still have yet to listen to this album, let alone Queensryche...
No but really I've heard nothing but amazing things about this album, and I've been meaning to check it out for some time but I keep forgetting. If I remember I will this weekend for sure.
And great list too! Props on the Symphony X choices, especially.
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This was awesome, bravo!!
I totally wanna start a thread like this of my own, but I'm not sure if anyone would care...!
Yesterday don't mean SHIT.
Nice job of finishing up strong! Ironically my Top 5 of this genre would have been all Iron Maiden and Queensryche albums but all different from yours.
I always thought only musicians thought SIT was a great album but apparently I was wrong. Maybe someday i'll get songs like Long Distance Runner and Deva Vu. Love the music but just can't get past the lyrics even after 25 years.
12/7 - Penntera
12/11 - Protest The Hero