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Operation: Mindcrime II

Some things were never meant to have a sequel. Like Highlander. Like The Matrix. Like The Blair Witch Project. Like Metallica's Unforgiven*. It cheapens the original when the artist tries to rehash an idea just to sell albums (or movie tickets or whatever).

And so I, like many others, was upset to hear that a sequel to the greatest 80's progressive metal album ever produced, Queensrÿche's Operation: Mindcrime, had been released. In the words of Brian Matusz via Brad Wilson, would this be a return to excellence? or cashing in on a successful past?

Thankfully, according to one review, while it may fall short of recapturing the full force of the original, it's a mostly successful extension of the Nikki's tale of revolution, murder and madness. I will have to find out for myself, won't I?

* For a laugh, check out this "Encyclopedia Metallica" entry on how to guess a Metallica fan's age by asking him when the band began to suck.

Comments on Operation: Mindcrime II
  Comment from Blogger MacFurious at Wednesday, April 12, 2006 10:18:00 PM
That Metallica thing hit it nearly right on the head. I just don't make any distinction in age after the Load-Reload albums. I think they are all the same. Hmmm, real fans stopped buying after And Justice... but secretly have a copy of the self titled album. My .02
  Comment from Blogger Red Bull at Thursday, April 13, 2006 12:26:00 PM
Being that we're the same age, it's no surprise that we agree on this one. ...And Justice For All was the high-point in Metallica's career for one reason: it achieved a sound that was equal parts raw anger and true virtuosity that has never been duplicated. Half of the black album was obviously written before "the change" took place ("Of Wolf and Man" and "My Friend of Misery") and the other half ("Don't Tread on Me" and "Nothing Else Matters") represents the start of the "Load" that Metallica became.
  Comment from Blogger MacFurious at Tuesday, April 18, 2006 12:13:00 PM
I never looked at the black album like that, hmph. I think you have a very valid point.

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