After the much publicized split a few years back with Queensryche, Geoff Tate has reinvented himself with a new project: Operation: Mindcrime and an apropos new song called “Re-Inventing the Future” with a video released this week worldwide for mass consumption.
We spoke with Tate in 2014 about going back into the studio (article here) and at that time he told us he was working on material and would be in the studio recording right after the tour. With a new band name, Operation: Mindcrime, Tate’s debut album entitled The Key is set for a Sept 18 release via Frontiers Music SRL.
The band features some of rocks most influential players and new collaborators: bass players, Dave Ellefson (Metal Allegiance) and John Moyer (Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob), drummers Simon Wright (AC/DC), Scott Mercado (Candlebox) and Brian Tichy (Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne), guitarists Kelly Gray (Queensryche) and Scott Moughton (Geoff Tate), keyboardist Randy Gane (Myth) and vocalist Mark Daly (The Voodoos).
In a recent press release Tate wanted to make it clear that Operation: Mindcrime isn’t a band. “It is a musical project of like-minded people uniting to achieve a common goal.” With the main songwriting coming from Tate, Gray and Gane, the other members were equally important to contributing their parts to the overall balance of the music.
For this album Tate says he didn’t stick to rules. His inspiration comes from opening his eyes and ears to new standards and arrangements. He was able to explore and be inspired creating a diverse album. Says Tate, “We’ve played with sound and established a sound palate – heavy guitar, obviously, cool drumming — all the music is very sophisticated.”
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