‘‘The New Reality’ is the third and final chapter in the musical trilogy from iconic metal vocalist Geoff Tate. Following a little over one year after the release of the second chapter ‘Resurrection’ in 2016, and about two years after the first chapter ‘The Key’, 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 Queensryche vocalist's iconic past with the provocative, progressive mindset that has made him one of music's most resolute forces and frontmen.’
This is an expertly crafted album which brings together an array of fine musicians and the productive talent of Kelly Gray to a truly grand finale in the series of concept albums which would be at home in any music collection.
If you are looking for an album that you can dance to - this probably isn’t for you. In the spirit of Progressive Rock/Metal, this is an album you can, and should, sit and listen to. There is nothing simple or samey about the music which seeks to fuse many genres together. Every track is different, and the creative freedom borne of prog rock/metal influences is obvious.
Opening up the album we have ‘A Headlong Jump’, with its synthesizers and keyboards drawing you in to the strange prog rock world. The second track, ‘Wake Me Up’ makes full use of the musical talents that are brought together, and has a traditional rock feel to it. With varying tempos throughout the track, the underlying bass tones leave room for the guitar solos to shine through. Moving through the album, tracks, such as ‘Under Control’ have a heavy metal sound with prog undertones.
‘My Eyes’ is melodic and leads beautifully into track 8, ’A Guitar in Church’ - an instrumental track combining classical guitar with electronic synthesizers into a mix of which hooks the listener, drawing you in to the depths created in your imagination.
The final two tracks, ‘Tidal Change’ (a short instrumental bridge) and ‘The Same Old Story’ bring it all together in a fusion of jazz and rock, and is a stunning end to the album which is a brief glimpse into Tate’s psyche. Throughout the album, the searing guitar solos are beautifully complimented by the thunderous drumming and Tate’s strong vocals - at times sounding quite ‘Bowie-like’.
Musically, it is a complex album. Gone are the verse/chorus structures of traditional rock, and in come longer tracks of deep and meaningful music. The list of musicians who appear on the album alongside Tate is long - Kelly Gray, John Moyer, Simon Wright, Scott Mercado, Scott Moughton, Brian Tichy, and Mike Ferguson - and they all have their pedigrees and unique experiences to bring to the table.
This album contains something for everyone. The hardened rock fan as well as those who have a lending towards progressive rock or progressive metal will enjoy listening to the musicianship and arrangements in this superbly crafted trilogy finale. But don’t just take my word for it - seek it out, listen, and judge it for yourself.
Operation: Mindcrime includes:
A Head Long Jump
Wake Me Up
It Was Always You
The New Reality
A Guitar In Church?
All For What?
The Same Old Story
PRODUCED BY: Geoff Tate & Kelly Gray
STUDIO: London Bridge Studios, Desmodromix - Seattle
RECORDED BY: Kelly Gray
MIXED BY: Kelly Gray
MASTERED BY: Kelly Gray
Operation: Mindcrime can be seen at:
11 Jan 2018 Dublin Button Factory
12 Jan 2018 Belfast Empire Music Hall
13 Jan 2018 Sheffield Corporation
14 Jan 2018 Pontypriddd Muni Arts Centre
15 Jan 2018 London The Garage
16 Jan 2018 Newscastle Trillions Rock Bar
17 Jan 2018 Bilston Robin 2
18 Jan 2018 Glasgow G2
19 Jan 2018 Grimsby Yardbirds Rock Club
20 Jan 2018 Manchester Rebellion
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