OK, if you read my reviews for the first two Operation Mindcrime albums you know that I wasn’t the biggest fan of those.
His memories and how his Father explained how life in the military worked helped Tate deliver the ‘American Soldier’ album with Queensrÿche. His story leads to a fantastic performance of ‘Hundred Mile Stare’ . The lyrics take on a whole new meaning, the album suddenly feels like it might be more accessible than it was previously.
It’s been a trying few years in the Queensrÿche and former Queensrÿche camps. The ugly public split of the band with singer Geoff Tate and the ensuing legal battle that, for a brief period gave the world not one, but two rival rÿches, have taken their toll, on both the brand and their tested fan base. With the band that he was ousted from eventually retaining the rights to the name and moving forward, the dust it seems has finally settled, and Tate has now forged ahead with this, his Operation: Mindcrime project. So when he asks; “if I changed the world, would it turn out the same?” on ‘Burn’, the first song proper from this, his new outfit’s first release, it seems more than a fitting musing on the new start that he’s finally embarking on.