This is supposedly the album that Queensryche is known by throughout the world, and I can see why. Each song on here is a masterpiece to me, and it gave Queensryche the right to be one of my favorite bands of all time.
Lead vocalist/keyboardist Geoff Tate is the dominant element of the music on this CD. His intense yet surprisingly calm voice is perfectly fitting on this incredible album. Queensryche drummer, Scott Rockenfield, would have to be my favorite drummer in the history of music, standing alongsides other drum legends like John Bonham. Absolutely amazing bass line by bassist Eddie Jackson, especially found in "I Don't Believe In Love." Guitarist Chris DeGarmo is one of the main writers of the songs on this album, and is one of my favorite guitarists. His shredding riffs and solos are what I most anticipate throughout the record.
I won't spoil any of the story on the Mindcrime album, but there are several highlights. However, the one I was most impressed with was the opera/progressive-metal "Suite Sister Mary." The song opens up with some dialogue, and then eases into a slow operamatic soft rock verse and quickly fires up with some great riffs, drums and bass and plenty of vocals and headbanging mess. An essential song and the one I most recommend you get if you can't get your hands on the others. Apart from this one however, others are the high-energy "Speak" and the thrashing "The Needle Lies," both excellent songs to add to any prog/metal playlist or collection.
All in all, Operation: Mindcrime was one killer concept record. Highly recommended and a great addition to any metal CD compendium. 5/5