OPERATION: MINDCRIME – Resurrection (2016)

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Resurrection” is the second installment of the musical project from iconic metal vocalist Geoff Tate. Following one year after the release of the debut album, OPERATION: MINDCRIME is a creative platform that continues in the spirit of the historic album of the same name, spawning concepts as grand as the music and intertwining the intensity of the former Queensrÿche vocalist’s iconic past with the provocative, progressive mindset that has made him one of music’s most resolute forces and frontmen.

Featuring some top musicians including the likes of Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake), Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest) and Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden) among others, the combination of talent present within this band blossoms into an unreserved journey to progressive land which may, or may not, pique the interest of Queensryche fans.

Fans of Tate’s solo efforts will find many similarities and the album is a standout on its own. As with the first album from Operation: Mindcrime, there are long, meandering instrumental passages and saxophone solos (performed by Tate) which really do not fit into a metal album, but it truly does here.
Anyway, this is not really a metal album and should not be listened to as such. Overall, “Resurrection” has a very rich sound with layers upon layers of complexities, holding Operation: Mindcrime steadfastly in the progressive rock genre.
However, pretty much this entire album could realistically be heard on an adult contemporary / classic rock radio station.

The first single “Miles Away” is a cool little tune with a groovy hook and layered harmonies. It commences with some interesting sound effects and has the lofty guitar work typical of Tate’s related body of work. Everything sounds acutely produced to meticulous detail, which is something that has always worked for Tate.
“The Fight” has a strong repeating chorus of the song’s title making it eerily similar to prior works such as Jet City Woman or Silent Lucidity. On “Taking on the World” we have guest appearances of former Judas Priest screamer Tim “Ripper” Owens and ex Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley where both lend their talents.

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“Left For Dead” has a pretty heavy intro but then falls back into the dreamy web spun by intricate songwriting, creative musicianship and Tate’s vocals, still amazing after all these years.
The remainder of the album has all the characteristics of Tate’s previous works, both solo and with a group. The varying elements within the songs lend a grandiose feel which is only accentuated by the distinctive sound of one of the best metal singers of all time.

“Resurrection” is a great progressive rock album (not prog-rock as classy genre) which showcases the talents of each member of Operation: Mindcrime and not just its front man. Take care not to approach this as a metal album because you will be sorely disappointed.
Approach this as a progressive rock album by a progressive collection of gentlemen headed by a metal progressive icon and you’ll enjoy this immensely.
“Resurrection” is quite different from what you’ll find out there these days, and it’s really strong and enjoyable. (thanks to Dawn Brown for this one)
Strongly Recommended

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 (feat. Ripper Owens & 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

Geoff Tate – Vocals, Keyboards, Saxophone
Kelly Gray – Guitars, Bass, Vocals
Scott Moughton – Guitars, Keyboards, Vocals
Randy Gane – Keyboards
Dave Ellefson, John Moyer – Bass
Simon Wright, Scott Mercado, Brian Tichy – Drums
Tim “Ripper” Owens – Vocals
Blaze Bayley – Vocals
Mark Daily – Vocals

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