Avenged Sevenfold's M. Shadows: My 10 Favorite Metal Albums

Singer on classics including Pantera's 'Far Beyond Driven' and At the Gates' 'Slaughter of the Soul'

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Queensryche, 'Operation: Mindcrime' (1988)

Queensryche, 'Operation: Mindcrime' (1988)

This is one that my dad got me into later. I was talking to my dad about the stuff he grew up listening to, and Operation: Mindcrime is a record that he had always talked about around the house. He always talked about it as the "greatest concept album of all time." One day, I started listening to it and it just hit me. I was like, "These songs are all hits. They're all huge songs."

It's got this amazing interweaving story, and it was the first time that I was introduced to Geoff Tate, and I thought, "This guy's an amazing vocalist. His voice is so smooth, and it's got so many cool textures to it." I became obsessed with that record. 

I'd put Operation: Mindcrime and [Dream Theater's] Scenes From a Memory on my list of top metal concept albums. A few rock records have joined it, such as Pink Floyd albums, but for metal, those two records stand up, to me. You could show that to anybody, and anybody that doesn't like metal will like that record – it's that good. It's just awesome.

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