• 4/10
    OPERATION: MINDCRIME - The Key - 4/10


Frontiers Records
Release date: September 18, 2015

User Review
8/10 (1 vote)

After a well-publicized battle with his former Queensrÿche-mates and sour grapes aplenty, Geoff Tate “moved on” to form Operation: Mindcrime with long-time chum Kelly Gray and several other rather well-known/respected musicians. The debut thematic album (1st of 3) is entitled The Key, although you might be hard-pressed (without any hints) to truly figure out what the storyline really is.

The Key is pure 21st Century Tate, which sadly no longer qualifies as Progressive Metal or even Hard Rock. Perhaps good for background music at a Long Island Iced Tea party, but The Key’s a disappointing “ho-hum” any other time.


  • Dan Skiba

    Dan is a former partner at Metal Express Radio, and also served as a reviewer, photographer and interviewer on occasions. Based out of Indianapolis, USA he was first turned on to Hard Rock music in the mid-1970s when he purchased Deep Purple's Machine Head as his first album. He was immediately enthralled with the powerful guitar sound and pronounced drumbeat, and had to get more! His collection quickly expanded to include as many of Heavy Rock bands of the time that he could get his hands on, such as Ted Nugent, Judas Priest, and Black Sabbath, to name just a few.

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