Concept Album Challenge: Ready?

Anybody who follows me on Twitter knows I’ve been going on about this idea of a Concept Album Challenge for a while. And so, I’m finally going to kick this off.

It’s my firm belief that nobody (in metal) can out-do Queensryche at concept albums. And yes, I’m specifically talking about Operation Mindcrime. I really don’t think it can ever be out-done.

But it’s because of my firm point of view on this that I want to be challenged.

If you think you have an album in your possession, or you have created an album, that challenges Operation Mindcrime‘s royal placing as possibly the best concept album of all time, I want to know about it, and (if I don’t have it) I want to hear it.


You’ll have to fill in a form or email me, addressing the criteria that will be published here soon.
Full details will be posted here before 7 Nov 2010.


Results of the challenge will be posted as a feature article in the eminent metal mag Metal as Fuck, and the progress of the challenge will be blogged.

If by some miracle there is an album that beats Mindcrime, the winning band will be interviewed and also featured at MaF. And that album will receive a featured review on the site.

Needless to say, the promotion of this through our social networks will be quite extensive.

Are you ready for the challenge?

2 thoughts on “Concept Album Challenge: Ready?

  1. I’m not going to advocate that Dream Theater’s Scenes from a Memory is “better” but it comes close.

    I also have to put forward:

    Ayreon – The Human Equation
    In Flames – Whoracle
    Evergrey – Recreation Day
    Kamelot – The Black Halo
    Opeth – Still Life (yes, it’s a concept album)
    Orphaned Land – Mabool (The Story of the Three Sons of Seven)

    and my favorite…

    Blind Guardian – Nightfall in Middle-Earth

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