The Greatest Metal Concept Album Ever Tournament: The Championship

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It’s come down to this, a grand duel for the ages. In one corner, the mighty cetacean majesty of Leviathan. In the other, the cerebral anarchy of Operation: Mindcrime. Savage violence! Spectacular thrills! A tale to to stun the mind! Which concept album will be forever known as the Greatest Metal Concept Album Ever?

That was a hell of a Final Four. While Vertikal managed to stave off Leviathan for some time, Ahab’s monomaniacal fury ultimately caused the esoteric Swedes to capitulate. The right hand of the bracket, however, was an absolute bloodbath. Queensryche‘s militant faithful poured into the bracket in frenzied droves, utterly decimating any shot Opeth had at glory. Can that inertia sustain the ‘Ryche all the way to the throne? Cast your vote and choose your side.

Remember, your goal is to not just choose the album you like the most, but to try to pick the album whose concept best fits the music. This is a battle for glory. Be judicious as you cast your stones below.

The Championship (stab to embiggen)


Mastodon’s Leviathan vs. Queensryche’s Operation: Mindcrime

Moby Dick vs. Disillusioned Junkie Turned Revolutionary

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 17-05-2017 11:00:00
end_date 25-05-2017 00:00:00
Poll Results:
Which concept is better?
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  • I swear to God if Tater-tot wins this fucking thing I am going lose it.

    GL

    • Wet W’s Whistle

      Queensryche mobilized their fanbase. If you want to see the ‘don triumphant, call your local Mastodon congressman.

    • Dumpster Lung

      Doesn’t look like there’s even a chance so far.

      • Guacamole Jim

        I didn’t think it would make it past the first round, yet here we are. Don’t underestimate the power of that bald-headed wrong-Jeff-spelling bastard.

      • Voter enthusiasm leaned heavy in the other direction on the last round
        https://i.imgflip.com/1p7s7q.jpg

        • Joaquin Stick

          I declare shenanigans!

          • A lot of posers out there, Stick. Not everyone is perfect, apparently.

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            NONE OF YOU ARE FREE FROM SIN

        • Sir Ukkometso The Based

          Still Life is a better album than Operation: badmusic by a loooooooooooong distance. It’s actually a good album

          • I was at a show Saturday where Opeth was the headliner. Ended up leaving before they even played. I wonder if they brought beds out for the remainder of the concert? I guess I will never know…

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            I ain’t sure fi they pley the old stuff anymore. It’s the better stuff. The modern stuff is ok at best, the latest album interested me not.

          • KJM = MJK

            When I saw them in October they played mostly older stuff, great show.

          • No beds then?

          • KJM = MJK

            Depends if you like their older stuff or not.

          • Jeremy Riegel

            Totally whipped out the opening track from Blackwater Park when I saw them two weeks ago.

          • xengineofdeathx

            Second song they played was demon of the fall last Tuesday.

          • Eliza

            I can’t believe I almost agree with you.

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            ‘Tis a fate no man nor woman wants to meet

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Upvoted for “Operation Badmusic”

    • KJM = MJK

      it would seem you have nothing to worry about.

      • Eliza

        Which is reassuring, for me at least.

    • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

      VOTED MINDCRIME IN HOPES TO SEE GL SMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASH!!!!!!!!!!
      LOSING BIG : ( ….

    • Sid Vicious Promos

      If Asstodon wins I will lose it

    • Craig Bishop

      Haha George. As much as I love your work, you’ve released nothing in your lifetime that could even compete with Mindcrime. So stop being a douche and like the rest of us, celebrate it for what it is, the best Metal Concept album ever!
      And yes, Tate is a dick but there’s no denying the power of this and also a few of their other efforts too!

    • Marti Smarticat Butcher

      It isn’t his alone. The rest of the band deserves to win – they wrote all the music.

  • Dumpster Lung

    More like QueensREKT, amirite!?

  • Guacamole Jim
  • Señor Jefe El Rossover
  • Joaquin Stick

    Which button do I push to vote against both of them?

  • Riboflavin dreams

    20 votes to 5 votes? This is gonna be a slaughter.

    I voted ‘don, but feel they should be disqualified due to the rule that no one is allowed to listen to their albums passed one month after their release.

  • Sir Ukkometso The Based

    Fucking Shitsryche and Poopstodon? CMON YOU FUCKS

    • more beer

      Best comment on this thread. When you are right you are right.

  • Waynecro

    I’m really not familiar enough with either album to vote. When I was a teenager, I was in a band with a 35-year-old who played Operation: Mindcrime constantly, but I never looked into the story.

    • Eliza

      I’m not even going to ask.

      • Waynecro

        When I was a teenager, there weren’t a lot of metal bands in my area. I had to check the newspaper for bands looking for members, audition all the time, and take whatever I could get. I met a lot of interesting people.

    • Was he like, “mark my words kids, someday this album will hanging the balance for Greatest Concept Album in Merol! Better to learn the story now and be ready for when voting commences. Now let’s practice some music! Who needs booze?”

      • Waynecro

        Actually, the guy had sustained some brain damage because of heavy drug use in his youth, so he often slipped into the past. He sometimes thought he was 16 years old during band practice. We had to remind him of his actual age by showing him his ID and asking him to buy us booze.

        • Eliza

          This took a sudden dark turn.

          • Waynecro

            He was a super nice dude, and he wrote some pretty great music. He just had some mental issues that created problems from time to time.

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            And that man was Devin Townsend!

          • I freaking love Devin. He opened on Saturday! He only played 35 minutes! /maxdisappointed!

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            I am indifferent to him. I have lyssnat his muusuck but never really heard anything that expandels me.

          • I feel like we are really connecting today. ha

          • CyberneticOrganism

            I very much want to join a band again; I would make large concessions on the genre of music as long as it was a group of reliable, cool people who weren’t alcoholics. scumbags, drug addicts or stoners.

          • Waynecro

            I’ve been thinking a lot about joining a band again. But I just don’t have the time or the desire to socialize with people regularly.

          • I like your music, robit! Plz make more.

      • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

        BOOOOOOOOOOOOZE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GORAK WANT BOOZE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Waynecro

          That dude did buy me the first bottle of whiskey I ever drank. Good times.

  • KJM = MJK

    I probably should’ve abstained from this contest altogether. If I don’t like the music on an album, I’m not going to give 2 shits about the concept.

  • Eliza

    The situation is easy for me. Mastodon are a band I really like, while Queensryche a band whose appeal I don’t get.

  • Howard Dean

    Headline: MASTODON BEATS KING DIAMOND, ULVER, EDGE OF SANITY, BATHORY, AND OTHERS TO WIN GREATEST METAL CONCEPT ALBUM EVER CONTEST!!!!!!!!!1

    Is this the Toilet ov Hell, or Metalsucks/Blabbermouth?!

    • Sir Ukkometso The Based

      Did you not read the news today? Metalsucks bought this site. Joe and da gang have been taken to a black site and their names are being used by Axl and Vince.

      • Wet W’s Whistle

        WHERE’S MY SELLOUT MONEY?!?!

        • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

          MAYBE BLOGMAN & BLOGDUCK SUPPLY YOOZ GUYZ WITH LIFETIME SUPPLY OF MS T-SHIRT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • more beer

            They can’t even give those things away.

    • Agreed. Democracy is bullshit.

      • KJM = MJK

        SOCIALISM NOW!!

      • This Trump dumpster fire is starting to really get good of late!

        • KJM = MJK

          I know! I thought the Bush/Cheney regime was a laff a minute, but this takes the whole cake!

          • It has to be weird being Trump, knowing that he can no longer even say words behind closed doors without being accused of saying the opposite visa versa (not saying does/doesn’t lie, lol). I assume in all of his prior business dealings whatever was said behind closed doors stayed there (for the most part). Dude is his own worse enemy.

          • KJM = MJK

            And to think, this probably all happened just because he wanted to have negotiating leverage with NBC over his show.

          • Hard telling. Dude must be reeling, though.

          • KJM = MJK

            He is clearly not prepared for the job.

          • I think it is more of a personality thing. He has been “successful” in life (whatever that means) doing one thing: being himself. Obviously being himself, as president, is not a good idea.

          • Howard Dean

            3 of our last 4 presidencies have been (varying degrees) of media circus shitshows. Not sure if that’s a testament to the modern American political environment (i.e. absolute dumpster fire), or if it says more about the ubiquity of media and louder avenues for public opinion.

          • KJM = MJK

            The 24 hour news cycle has to take a huge share of the blame for this. Gotta constantly find stories to fill the airtime.

          • I am glad NPR finally got their Social Sciences segment back. Was wondering when that would happen.

          • KJM = MJK

            Exactly. Fill the time with something useful or interesting.

      • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ
      • Howard Dean

        Nah, democracy is just fine. It’s when an election allows us to discover the true proclivities of our constituents/peers that the head scratching and worrying starts (see: 2016 U.S. Presidential Election; Toilet ov Hell’s Greatest Metal Concept Album Ever)

    • Wet W’s Whistle

      If you look at the numbers from the previous bracket, I really don’t think that’ll be how this all turns out.

  • nbm02ss

    I don’t really care for either band, but I voted QR because they’re from Seattle. /flamesuit

    • KJM = MJK

      As did I because I prefer Mindcrime. It’s a classic.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Both are great albums. As a matter of fact, 80% that were nominated in this tournament were all great albums. Anybody who says otherwise is factually completely and utterly:

    http://www.reactiongifs.com/r/wrong-gif.gif

  • Lacertilian

    Moshito showed me this a couple of weeks back and it is fucking incredible.
    Has to be seen to be believed.

    https://youtu.be/ChZ-QSinSF8

    • CyberneticOrganism

      Trying to land that sweet VH1 reality show

    • M Williams1 year ago
      If you’re reading this, please rip this video in case it ever gets taken down. It’s important for future generations to witness this.

    • The Video Breakdown practically writes itself!

    • RJA

      I made it about 3 minutes – jesus!

    • NDG

      Holy fucking shit…

    • NDG
    • The eyebrows just after 30 seconds ruined me

    • Jimmy Calhoun

      God that new(?) song sucks. This is the same dude who sang “Eyes of A Stranger” and “Jet City Woman”?

  • Freedom Jew

    I think Congress needs to look into this election.

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    Considering that these two albums came from completely time periods in the evolution of heavy music, they are both winners in my book, regardless of the outcome of this poll

    • KJM = MJK

      Agreed.

    • Wet W’s Whistle

      You must not have gotten the memo. Only hot takes allowed in these comments.

      • Elegant Gazing Globe

        I’m going to choose to continue to ignore that memo

    • OK, DAD. GEEESH

    • You’re such a nice globe, globe!

  • Hotdog Clifford
  • Freedom Jew

    I still think Savatage’s Dead Winter Dead or Streets should have been in this, but there was collusion by the creators.

    #notmypollresults

  • Sid Vicious Promos

    If Mastodon wins this so help me God I will end this profile.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      I voted Mastodon.

      • Old Man Doom

        I vote Mastodon

    • nbm02ss

      BRB, changing vote.

  • tigeraid

    I will vote in principle, even if the final two have crushed my heart.

    http://www.reactiongifs.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/raining_david_tennant.gif

  • Dark Spirit of Cold Ural Mount

    WHITE WHALE
    @
    HOLY GRAIL

  • Back Jauer

    I voted for mastodon cause I’m not a dad.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      I’m a dad and I voted Mastodon

    • Mr. Jackpot

      I’m not a dad and I voted Queensryche.

  • WHO LINKED THIS POLL TO A FB PAGE FOR RETIREES?

  • Dumpster Lung

    Goddamn those crusty old dads! This isn’t just about Queensryche vs Mastodon. This would mean that Queensryche is better than Abigail, too!

  • krisdaschwab912

    Fuck Geoff Tate and fuck every single one of you who cast a vote for Mindcrime at any point during this tourney.

  • Howard Dean

    So, did Mastodon just share this post on social media, as well? That must be the case, because holy shit. They just added 1300 votes to their total in like a day and a half. Whoa. Either that or butthurt fuckery from someone with too much time on their hands, haha.

    • Mr. Jackpot

      Queensryche & Michael Wilton share this post almost every day.

    • Spear

      I think Relapse did.

      • Howard Dean

        Ah, that makes sense, then. I saw the huge jump in votes basically overnight and knew that either some page with a large following shared it or that krisdaschwab912 dude had a freak out and spent a few hours multi-voting, haha.