Visions ov Hell: Operation: Mindcrime – “The Burn”

operation mindcrime the burn

Welcome to another edition of Visions ov Hell! This week, we’re going to take a look at Operation: Mindcrime and their new video for “The Burn” — otherwise known as “four-minutes-of-Geoff-Tate-somehow-completely-ignoring-total-idiocy-around-him. Oh, you think I’m joking? That’s more or less all we get in this video. Let’s break it down: 

Geoff Tate enters a limousine — with assistance from a doorman, naturally, because GEOFF TATE’S SELF IMPORTANCE CARES NOT FOR OPENING HIS OWN DOORS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH — and proceeds to travel to some nondescript location in Seattle. But it’s not just him in the limo. Here’s a list of the different “companions” he finds himself dealing with (read: totally ignoring) along the way:

  • A classy stripper making it rain
  • Various bandmates playing along next to him — including keyboardist Randy Gane, who might actually give less of a shit about this experience than Tate
  • Random fat guy making clawing motions
  • Girl in bikini putting a robe on
  • Shirtless guy reading a magazine
  • Bandmate (?) hitting Tate repeatedly with his drumstick (No, really.)
  • Woman spreading her legs in his (Tate’s) face
  • Bass player falling asleep using his instrument as a pillow
  • Assorted hangers-on — including a couple of corporate bros, a guy in a tie-dyed shirt, and a pregnant woman and her boyfriend
  • Guy handing him a handful of lumber
  • Guy with a fire extinguisher

And that’s just in the first minute-and-a-half or so. It’s actually kind of impressive how many TOTALLY ANNOYING different things Tate manages to ignore. (I guess so long as there aren’t any kids with cell phones, he’s okay.) And any time it cuts to Tate and Gane totally ignoring each other, I just start cracking up. It’s unintentionally hilarious.

All this is fed through some sort of purple sepia filter, because reasons, and there doesn’t seem to be much of a point to any of it. Where are they going? How does gasoline play into the totally-super-serial-Geoff-Tate concept? We never find out. It ends up simply being an average-at-best song and a below-average-at-best video. So watch it if you’d like, I guess:

Keep it heavy,

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