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Operation: Mindcrime
Resurrection
Type: CD
Company: Frontiers
Release: 2016
Genre: Progressive
Reviewer: Eric Compton
Published:9/28/2016
Progressive soft rock with touches of jazz and pop
I could sit here for days and talk about Geoff Tate's opposition to heavy metal and hard rock. We've all been there, done that and have the t-shirts. Instead let's focus on the music. This second album from Operation: Mindcrime is the second in a three part conceptual trilogy and once again shows the band in full progressive garb. The first four tracks of the album are instrumental clocking in at a minute on average. The album's real start is cut five, "Left for Dead". This and "Taking on the World" are really the only tracks that have any heavy distortion. "Heaviness" is used loosely but they do have some backbone. Beyond that the rest of the record fuses keyboards, light jazz (saxophone on "Healing my Wounds") and some sampling with a soft rock approach. It is probably even too light for Frontiers Records, who are known to prioritize AOR. Overall, this might come across stronger in a live setting.

About this Writer:
Eric Compton // Eric Compton lives in the most haunted city in the world, St. Augustine, Florida with his family and two yorkies. He has served as senior editor for MaximumMetal.com for nearly 10 years and is the author of the heavy metal book series--Denim & Letters. His reviews, interviews and social commentary has been featured on websites like Brave Words, Blabbermouth, Metal Temple, Metal Rules, Ultimate Metal, Metal Maniacs and Wikipedia.

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5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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