I've been having a rolling blog fight with the Corn Beltway Boys about whether or not Queensryche's Operation:Mindcrime should be ranked with such great rock albums as the Metallica Trinity of Ride The Lightning, Master of Puppets, and ...And Justice For All.
OK, to be honest, I've never heard Mindcrime. I wouldn't know a song from Mindcrime if it came out of my XM Radio and slapped me silly. I know maybe two songs from Queensryche, and that's about three too many. Silly Seattle hair band...No wonder Kurt Cobain killed himself listening to their music...not.
Now Metallica, there was a band. Yes, they are still around, but you might as well write off anything after the Black Album as crap. Kill 'Em All is good, but between Ride and Black, you have pure rock genius. Some might say the Black album is the start of the end, because of Bob Rock's production (too glossy and refined), but it still has excellent riffs, lyrics, and you can bang your head to it. Harvester of Sorrow, One, the title track of ...And, Fade to Black...timeless music for any adolescent male.
So, what's the point? None, really. I just like tweakin' the Maize Highway Youths every so often. I'll cautiously await a return salvo.