Former QUEENSRŸCHE singer Geoff Tate last year entered the studio to record the forthcoming trilogy from his new band OPERATION: MINDCRIME.
A new video clip from the sessions can be seen below.
Tate, who was fired from QUEENSRŸCHE in June 2012, told Heavy Metal Television about the upcoming project: "I love writing stories, and I love creating musical stories, and I wanted to do something that was very in-depth. As it looks, it's gonna take about three records to cover this story."
He continued: "It's an international story set in many places around the world. And it's a bit of a mystery that I think will be interesting to follow along to see if they can solve.
"I know I always like mysteries; I like to see if I can figure out what's happening and where things are going."
Tate added: "I think it's gonna be one of the coolest things I've ever done. I'm very excited about the music. It's very intense and very progressive, very heavy, very light… It kind of covers a lot of ground, which I think a story should. I mean, a story shouldn't be static; it should have different movements to it, and it should have different shades of color, so that's what this hasm and it's written with that in mind."
OPERATION: MINDCRIME recently signed a worldwide deal with Frontiers Music Srl for the release of the trilogy project.
Named after QUEENSRŸCHE's epic concept album from 1988, "Operation: Mindcrime", Tate's new band includes bassist Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE), drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO), keyboardist Randy Gane (MYTH) and guitarist Kelly Gray (QUEENSRYCHE 1998 - 2001, 2012 - 2014) .
Tate, who has always enjoyed telling stories though his music, considers the creation of the forthcoming trilogy one of his biggest and most ambitious works to date.
"I tried to reduce the story and eventually got it down to 37 ideas that needed representing to complete the story," commented Geoff. "I knew that one record wouldn't cover it and that it would have to be a trilogy."
OPERATION: MINDCRIME's debut album is expected to be released in the summer.