Operation: Mindcrime - Resurrection album review

Operation: Mindcrime grapple for conceptual drama in the dark…

Operation: Mindcrime - Resurrection album cover

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The fact that Geoff Tate has called this project Operation: Mindcrime says everything about where he feels the music should go. This is the second part of a conceptual trilogy, and while The Key, the first part, offered some interesting musical ideas, unfortunately Resurrection is more broody and pretentious than dark and mysterious.The whole style here is supposedly menacing, as Tate attempts to deliver a slightly quasi-religious treatise. But while you cannot fault the musicianship from an ensemble that includes some major names from the metal world, what’s missing is drama.

Tate’s own voice sounds, at times, a little too packed with effects; this doesn’t do much for the timbre and delivery which have made his name. Moreover, no song here is sufficiently well rounded and creative to make any lasting impact. The storyline is about lead character ‘H’ and his ongoing quest to launch ‘The New Reality’. It all sounds jumbled, lacking the perspective that made Operation: Mindcrime such a landmark album nearly 30 years ago. Geoff Tate’s talent needs a different environment in which to flourish. This sounds like he’s trying to prove something to his old bandmates.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.