Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime II

Year of Release: 2006
Label: Rhino
Catalog Number: 73306
Format: CD
Total Time: 59:00:00

Queensrÿche 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, Queensrÿche 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 Queensrÿche 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, Queensrÿche 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?

Freiheit Overt?re (1:35) / Convict (0:08) / I'm American (2:53) / One Foot in Hell (4:12) / Hostage (4:29) / The Hands (4:36) / Speed of Light (3:12) / Signs Say Go (3:16) / Re-Arrange You (3:11) / The Chase (3:09) / Murderer? (4:33) / Circles (2:58) / If I Could Change It All (4:27) / An Intentional Confrontation (2:32) / A Junkie's Blues (3:41) / Fear City Slide (4:58) / All The Promises (5:10)

Geoff Tate - vocals
Scott Rockenfield - drums
Mike Stone - guitars
Eddie Jackson - keyboards
Michael Wilton - bass


Ronnie James Dio - vocals

Queensrÿche (1983)
The Warning (1984)
Rage For Order (1986)
Operation: Mindcrime (1988)
Empire (1991)
Promised Land (1994)
Hear In The Now Frontier (1997)
Q2K (1999)
Greatest Hits (2000)
Live Evolution (2001)
Classic Masters (2002)
Revolution Calling (2003)
Tribe (2003)
Art Of Live (2004)
Operation: Mindcrime II (2006)
Essential (2006)
Face To Face (2006)
Mindcrime At The Moore (2007)
Extended Versions (2007)
Sign Of The Times: The Best Of Queensrÿche (2007)
Take Cover (2007)
The Best Of Queensrÿche (2007)
The Collection (2008)
American Soldier (2009)

Live In Tokyo (VID) (1985)
Mindcime (VID) (1989)
Building Empires (VID) (1992)
Live Evolution (DVD) (2001)
Operation LIVEcrime (DVD) (2001)
The Art Of Live (DVD) (2004)
Live (DVD) (2007)

Genre: Progressive-Power Metal

Origin US

Added: May 9th 2006
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
Artist website: www.queensryche.com
Hits: 1866
Language: english


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