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“Mindcrime At The Moore” (Blu-ray) by Queensryche

Artist: Queensryche
Title: “Mindcrime At The Moore” (Blu-ray)
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: 10/18/2011
Genre: Progressive Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

Queensryche’s “Mindcrime At The Moore” was originally released by Rhino Entertainment back in 2007 and this film captured for all time the stunning presentation of their “Operation: Mindcrime” saga which had been toured for in 2006. I was fortunate enough to catch that concert when it came to NYC and believe me it was one for the record books. The Blu-ray edition of this film is something that all of the bands fans will enjoy as it brings this incredible show to a bigger and brighter life. My views on the release remain the same, so with minor edits to reflect the higher definition version I am re-presenting them for your perusal below.

“When Queensryche chose to follow their masterpiece “Operation: Mindcrime” with a sequel, the aspect of this was the source of much debate between their long time fans and the Hard Rock/Metal community as a whole. The album while good suffered comparisons to the original which was never its intent but was to be expected even though this piece was set 20 years into the future lives of the characters we met on the original. Not long after its release the band went on tour and presented both albums from beginning to end in two incredible acts, and as you might have expected these shows were nothing short of blockbusters. It was the kind of concert that after you saw it you would muse to yourself about how excellent it would be on DVD. Fortunately for us the guys in Queensryche had the very same thoughts on their mind when they were doing this tour and as result we get the explosive DVD “Mindcrime At The Moore”. The film presents the entire concert as it was delivered on the stage and it was so massive an undertaking that each “Mindcrime” gets its own DVD. Many of you already own the first DVD that Queensryche delivered for the original “Mindcrime” tour, but outside of a couple of dramatic poses and one guest appearance on it was strictly a concert film.
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“Mindcrime At The Moore” (DVD) by Queensryche

Artist: Queensryche
Title: “Mindcrime At The Moore”
Label: Rhino Entertainment
Release Date: 7/3/2007
Genre: Progressive Metal
Rating: 4.5/5

When Queensryche chose to follow their masterpiece “Operation: Mindcrime” with a sequel, the aspect of this was the source of much debate between their long time fans and the Hard Rock/Metal community as a whole. The album while good suffered comparisons to the original which was never its intent but was to be expected even though this piece was set 20 years into the future lives of the characters we met on the original. Not long after its release the band went on tour and presented both albums from beginning to end in two incredible acts, and as you might have expected these shows were nothing short of blockbusters. It was the kind of concert that after you saw it you would muse to yourself about how excellent it would be on DVD. Fortunately for us the guys in Queensryche had the very same thoughts on their mind when they were doing this tour and as result we get the explosive DVD “Mindcrime At The Moore”. The film presents the entire concert as it was delivered on the stage and it was so massive an undertaking that each “Mindcrime” gets its own DVD. Many of you already own the first DVD that Queensryche delivered for the original “Mindcrime” tour, but outside of a couple of dramatic poses and one guest appearance on it was strictly a concert film. The difference here is that the dual presentation of the complete “Mindcrime” saga is as much a Broadway theatre experience as it is a Rock concert. Tate proves his salt as an actor as the band begins and he motions and gestures through every note like some seasoned Hollywood veteran. His vocals might no longer reach some of the shrieking high notes of the past but he still remains one of the best lead vocalists in the business today. I was impressed at how good he was able to handle this since two full albums that are loaded with lyrics is quite a task for any performer to do. The band is impeccably tight as always and sometimes are in costume that reflects the subject matter that they are performing. When the show begins we even find a marching band joining them onstage and it brings the energy of this dramatic album to life all the more.
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“Operation: Live Crime” (DVD) by Queensryche

Artist: Queensryche
Title: “Operation: LIVE Crime”
Label: EMI Music
Release Date: 11/20/2001
Genre: Progressive Metal
Rating: 9/10

Queensryche truly delivered a masterpiece with their third album and signature release “Operation: Mindcrime”. Originally presented to the fans in 1988 this album raised the bar of Progressive Metal to levels that have yet to be matched or surpassed. The songs have withstood the years and with this DVD recorded in 1991 Queensryche takes the entire album to the concert stage. “Operation: LIVE Crime” is an excellent video and presents to the viewer the “Mindcrime” album the way it is supposed to be experienced; in it’s entirety from beginning to end. The album is quite possibly the Metal genres own “Dark Side Of The Moon” or “The Wall” and the video combine some animations shown on screens above the band along with their energetic performance and drama to a great result. The production is very clear on this and the photography on target but since this is from 1991 there are some limitations in the overall video presentation. It is a straight visual of the show and while you have some great close ups there is no option to switch angles or players or things that come out in today’s DVD’s. The full original Queensryche lineup is present with Geoff Tate, Michael Wilton, Chris DeGarmo, Scott Rockenfield and Eddie Jackson who were still incredibly hungry with this release and perform it as such. The band is complimented by the lovely Pamela Moore on “Suite Sister Mary” as she was also on the album. I enjoyed seeing one of my favorite albums live so much that it’s difficult to pick out my favorites. However I always seem to lean to “Eyes Of A Stranger” and “I Don’t Believe In Love” the most.
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