Ex-Queensryche frontman Geoff Tate unites with Blaze Bayley & Tim "Ripper" Owens for "Resurrection" album track.
Geoff Tate does not view Resurrection, the second release of an album trilogy by his Operation: Mindcrime project, as a rock 'n' roll The Empire Strikes Back. Because he has been working on the entire futuristic saga at once, it feels more like The Lord of the Rings to the former Queensryche frontman.
“I kind of put the whole thing together at one time," Tate tells Billboard. “It seemed like the most logical way to approach it since I had all the ideas rolling, as it were. [Resurrection] has been done for a while, and I touched up things over the year between releases, and I'm actually just finishing up the third one now.”
Resurrection (due Sept. 23 on Frontiers Music SRL) follows The Key, 2015’s introductory installment. The new set continues to track Tate's protagonist, H, as he continues his quest of bringing a project called The New Reality to fruition. “I wanted it to be what happens next, of course,” explains Tate. “The first part was kind of set up where you see a little bit about what’s going on with the characters; the second one is what actually happened, then how do the characters get out of it.” Compared with when he wrote Queensryche's two Operation: Mindcrime epics, Tate says that he’s “probably more conscious now of what’s going on in the big picture of things within the story, kind of dropping hints and little bread crumbs along the way so people can follow it -- but not making it too easy to follow and fill in the blanks, I suppose.”