New Operation: Mindcrime Album from Former Queensryche Vocalist Geoff Tate
Former Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate is unveiling new music in September under his new band name Operation: Mindcrime. Tate and band will release the group’s first album, The Key, on September 18 through Frontiers Records.
Tate, who fronted Queensryche for 30 years and sold 25 million albums with the Seattle-based prog-rock group parted ways with his former bandmates in 2012. Court proceedings wrapped up in the summer of 2014 that lead Tate to begin operating under the new band name.
The singer says he is excited to be able to explore lyrical themes and concepts similar to his former efforts with Queensryche, hence his choice of band name. The Key is a concept-based album, as was Queensryche’s break-through 1988 album, Operation: Mindcrime.
“Musically, this album is quite adventurous,” says Tate of his first release in a new worldwide deal with Frontiers Music SRL. “Of course there are key elements in the music, melody and phrasings that are really identifiable, but throughout my career I’ve opened my eyes and ears to new standards and arrangements, and that’s what keeps things fresh and exciting as an artist – we’ve thrown out the rules for this record, and it’s been really liberating. I’m a fan of old prog, and that music didn’t stick to rules. It’s inspiring and enjoyable to be able to explore, and it’s great being in a position to write without constraints.”
The album is heavily guitar-centric, as might be expected. Tate says the band lineup is more a “cast of characters” than a definitive roster, but on this album guitarist/producer Kelly Gray (formerly of Queensryche) played a major role in the songwriting, and is also listed as the engineer/mixer.
“Musically, there’s quite a smorgasbord,” says Tate. “We’ve played with sound and established a sound palate – heavy guitar, obviously, cool drumming… all the music is very sophisticated, and there are interesting time changes, the band is playing with different countings and we switch throughout each piece. We can perform the verse in one feel, the bridge in another, and transition to a new chorus, very challenging stuff and lots of different sounds that people probably haven’t heard on one of my albums before – new and different guitar sounds and vocal treatments, very dynamic stuff.”
Watch the video for “Re-Inventing the Future” from the new Operation: Mindcrime album, The Key:
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