Reviewer: Eric Compton
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.