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. Joined by a cast of musicians, Kelly Gray, John Moyer, Simon Wright, Scott Mercado, Scott Moughton, Brian Tichy, and Mike Ferguson, whose talent and resumes speak volumes for the quality of musicianship that will be on display here, The New Reality is a another fine progressive rock/metal entry from Tate.
Tate was fired from Queensrÿche in 2012, as his relationship with the rest of the band had deteriorated. The acrimonious split caused a considerable amount of discord among fans and major lawsuits began. Tate filed a suit for wrongful termination while the band counter-sued citing what it alleged as violent behavior by Tate. With an ongoing court case over the rights to use the name ‘Queensrÿche‘ going on, Tate announced his own line-up under the name, leading to two bands using the name while actively touring at the same time.Tate‘s group released the album Frequency Unknown, produced and mixed by Jason Slater, on April 23, 2013, in the U.S. Although selling well, the release picked up mixed reviews from music critics and somewhat of a fan backlash.
Following a settlement, Tate was granted the exclusive performance rights to the band’s concept albums Operation: Mindcrime (1988) and Operation: Mindcrime II (2006). Those two releases garnered both critical praise and widespread commercial success for the group, with Tate then serving as its frontman. In return, musicians Michael Wilton, Scott Rockenfield, Todd La Torre and Eddie Jackson retained all rights to the ‘Queensrÿche‘ brand.
2 singles have already been released from The New Reality and you can see the lyric video for “Under Control” below.