I just got Queensryche’s Operation Mindcrime 2, the long-awaited followup to their brilliant 1988 concept album of the same name. This will be a very short review: this album is so appallingly bad that after it finished I had to put on the original Operation Mindcrime to remind myself of how good it was. The follow up is absolutely terrible. There isn’t a single decent song on it. Geoff Tate’s voice, while not quite what it used to be, is still far better than most singers. The drumming is still top notch. But the guitar work, without Chris DeGarmo in the band, is far weaker and the songwriting is just awful. Avoid at all costs.