Operation Mindcrime: Resurrection

Artist: Operation Mindcrime
Album: Resurrection
Genre: Hard Rock / Metal
Label: Frontiers Music srl.
Release Date: September 23, 2016

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

When Geoff Tate and Queensryche split in a rather nasty public feud, I was a bit torn on which camp to side with. After all, the band had a long history together and quite a lengthy discography. Until the lawsuit was settled there was actually two bands calling themselves Queensryche. Tate released his version, “Frequency Unknown” while the other members released “Queensryche” with new singer Todd La Torre. The two sides eventually reached a settlement and Tate now operates his band under the moniker Operation Mindcrime. I was not a fan of Operation Mindcrime‘s first album “The Key”. So, I was fully prepared to fully dislike “Resurrection” before I even heard the first note. However, quite to my surprise, I don’t hate “Resurrection”. Now that the two side have completely split, their albums are becoming more of a reflection of what each brought to the table with the past Queensryche albums. So let’s start by saying the “Operation Mindcrime” is not Queensryche. If you are expecting it to sound like Queensryche you will disappointed. And after listening to each band’s direction since the split, it seems easier to see why they were reaching an impasse. Often, the usual reason given for a split is listed as creative differences. Sometimes, and in the case here, I think the term is exactly fitting. Geoff Tate likes to experiment with the spectrum of sound, He has broken out of the traditional binds of what makes a band “metal”. Admittedly, this will not be everyone’s cup of tea. I always kind of considered Queensryche to be the Pink Floyd of metal because of the uniqueness that they brought to their sound. Listening to Resurrection, I can hear many of the elements from previous Queensryche albums, that I will assume that Tate created. Some that I liked, some that I didn’t. But from a pure creative stand point, Tate is pushing ahead into new territory. With the exception of a few tracks, this is not a metal album. But, I can’t help but think that it’s exactly what Geoff Tate envisioned and entirely the direction he wanted go in. I found it to be listenable and enjoyable for the most part. For me, the stand out tracks are Taking on The World, Which Side You’re On and Into The Hands Of The World. I feel like this is the most honest release from Tate since the split. This is Geoff Tate doing exactly what he wants. You may like it. You may hate it. But, I have to give him credit for taking chances, being creative and stepping outside of the confines of what most fans of the metal genre expect from him. Only time will tell if Operation Mindcrime is successful in the long run, but I give Tate credit, whether it succeeds or fails, it’s entirely his creative vision.

Track Listing:
01. Resurrection
02. When All Falls Away
03. A Moment In Time
04. Through The Noize
05. Left For Dead
06. Miles Away
07. Healing My Wounds
08. The Fight
09. Taking On The World (featuring Tim “Ripper” Owens and Blaze Bayley)
10. Invincible
11. A Smear Campaign
12. Which Side You’re On
13. Into The Hands Of The World
14. Live From My Machine

Band Members:
Geoff Tate – vocals, keyboards, saxophone
Kelly Gray – guitars, bass, vocals
Scott Moughton – guitars, keyboards
Randy Gane – keyboards
Dave Ellefson – bass
John Moyer – bass
Simon Wright – drums
Scott Mercado – drums
Brian Tichy – drums
Tim “Ripper” Owens – vocals
Blaze Bayley – vocals
Mark Daily – vocals
Nick Greatrex – guitars

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