Operation: Mindcrime, notice the colon, it’s supposed to make you think of the new Geoff Tate fronted band, not the legendary album by Tate’s former band Queensryche. Due to the name and the explosive words between both camps albums released by either fall under a critical eye of both reviewers and gossip mongers. Operation: Mindcrime’s first album The Key was the beginning of a concept trilogy that grabbed the attention of We Love Metal staff. In this point for point review Shepherd and Martell will find out if the new, Resurrection ,can continue to beat the odds Tate has placed in front of him.
It wasn’t until the seventh track (Healing My Wounds) that I even took notice of Operation: Mindcrime’s Resurrection. What grabbed my attention wasn’t the powerful voice of Geoff Tate (I’m sure his ego can handle it) but the sexiness of the saxophone. It immediately took me back to the first album in this trilogy, The Key, which held tremendous promise, and kept me engaged from first note to ending sound. Not so much here. Instead, we have an album that drags on and repeats its drowsy musical theme with a casual approach that whispers adult contemporary, and offers little in the way of the metal ear. ~ Shepherd
This is tricky. Resurrection in this case points to the continuing story of the concept trilogy Tate has created. The issue is when you have the negativity surrounding you that Tate has since leaving Queensryche you have to think Resurrection should be closer to it’s definition. To add to this resurrection feel we have Blaze Bayley and Tim “Ripper” Owens on the track “Taking on the World.” It’s the only real highlight on the first listen, unfortunately not enough of a highlight to resurrect anyone. ~ Martell
Concept albums, as stated strongly here at WLM, are risky adventures that are either winning lottery tickets or flat out duds that sound forced. Operation: Mindcrime (the iconic album not the band) is quite possibly the best heavy metal sonic storybook, but who would dream of finding gold twice in one career? Tate’s confidence in his talents borders on narcissistic, but attempting a three album concept theme is far beyond expectation, and this experiment is falling flat. The Fight, with its beautiful piano, followed by the harder edged Taking on the World, kept my head from hitting the counter by inserting a solid bass line and extended guitar solo, affirming that the high points on Resurrection are when Tate is not front and center. Who knew? ~ Shepherd
I’m not one to assume things about people when I don’t know them personally but I have to think that Geoff Tate has an ego that size of Narcissus, as stated this isn’t from personal knowledge but after putting himself in the forefront of “When All Falls Away” and a “Moment In Time,” I know he feels and can hear how disjointed this is. However he proceeds throughout the album to insert himself at times that don’t make any sense. Every time you finally get that metal feel or even progressive feel you get Tate’s voice in an experimental tone that doesn’t fit with anything going on around it. Frustrating. ~ Martell.
What plagues Resurrection as much as anything is the production. Condensed and tight, everything sounds treble and winding, sometimes to the point of annoyance. There is no fullness here and it seems like that direction is intentional, but to what purpose? If its an attempt at artistic expression, then so be it, but you have to keep the listener interested, and with songs over seven minutes long (Invincible), and with 14 total tracks, the task becomes almost ridiculous and unfair to the band. If we have to work hard to uncover the greatness, listening pleasure has been replaced by tedious work. For the minor highs we have to withstand long boring passages of blah, and nobody in their right mind with do that for long. ~ Shepherd
I don’t really know where to go with this review. Resurrection would be a great experiment in the article “Is This Metal?” 14 tracks with multiple talented musicians are ground down to a form that may fit the concept but does not fit the acceptable practice of enjoyable music. The Key followed a formula that if a track was off you understood where it fit in the concept of the album. Resurrection on the other hand has so very few highlights they stand apart from a story that gets lost in the convoluted nature of the album. Either Geoff Tate feels we are all extremely gifted artists that can keep up with this mind or he feels superior to us all and made something to snub the average metal fan and display his supposed genius. ~ Martell
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