Frequency Unknown

Frequency Unknown

by QueensrÿcheQueensrÿche


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Since there are now two bands named Queensrÿche, we'll sort out that this is the one led by founding vocalist Geoff Tate, created after he was fired in 2012 and rushed out the tepid solo album Kings & Thieves in the fall. The lineup of Tate's Queensrÿche includes some heavyweight hired guns: bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensrÿche 1998-2001), keyboardist Randy Gane, guitarist Robert Sarzo (Quiet Riot), and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio). Producer Jason Slater also plays bass here. In addition, Tate enlisted the help of some equally well-known guests on these ten tracks including K.K. Downing (Judas Priest), Ty Tabor (King's X), Craig Locicero (Forbidden), and Paul Bostaph (Slayer) to name a few. In addition to the new tracks are four "bonus cuts," re-recordings of Queensrÿche classics: "Jet City Woman," "Silent Lucidity," "I Don't Believe in Love," and "Empire." Opening track and first single "Cold" (essentially a flip-off to former bandmates) has an enormous Locicero riff that recalls the band's glory days. "Dare" offers crisp drumming, excellent guitar work, and a killer bridge. But not all the news here is good. As a whole, Frequency Unknown suffers from subpar, muddy sound, which basically mars the entire record. Tate's voice is often pushed toward the mid-level of the mix instead of up front where it belongs. What, after all, is a Queensrÿche record without him wailing right up front? He's still got a hell of a voice from what we can hear of it here. On the plus side, there are some terrific songs, including "Life Without You," "Fallen," and "The Weight of the World," which are well-crafted prog metal tunes, and some killer rockers such as "Slave" and "Running Backwards," but their barely present vocals and muddy guitar sounds kill their impact. The re-recordings of classic tracks were totally unnecessary. The bottom line on Frequency Unknown is that while it's easy to understand why Tate would want to be the first to issue a recording under that band's name in order to claim legitimacy (especially since there are lawsuits involved from both sides), it was recorded with lack of a real recording budget -- at least for a Queensrÿche album. The fault for this may lie with Dead Line's parent label, Cleopatra, whose catalog is notorious for sketchy sound quality, and here it really shows.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/23/2013
Label: Cleopatra
UPC: 0741157027525
catalogNumber: 275
Rank: 36428

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Queensrÿche   Primary Artist
Chris Poland   Guitar,Soloist
Brad Gillis   Guitar,Soloist
K.K. Downing   Guitar,Soloist
Dave Meniketti   Guitar,Soloist
Robert Sarzo   Guitar,Soloist
Rudy Sarzo   Bass
Ty Tabor   Guitar,Soloist
Geoff Tate   Vocals
Kelly Gray   Guitar,Soloist
Paul Bostaph   Drums
Jason Slater   Bass,Keyboards,Theremin,Soloist
Craig Locicero   Rhythm Guitar
Evan Bautista   Drums
Miranda Tate   Background Vocals
Randy Gane   Bass,Keyboards,Voices
Emily Tate   Background Vocals
Simon Wright   Drums
Martin Irigoyen   Bass,Guitar,Drums
Chris Cannella   Guitar,Soloist
Nina Noir   Background Vocals,Spoken Word

Technical Credits

Chris DeGarmo   Composer,Lyricist
Geoff Tate   Composer,Lyricist
Michael Wilton   Composer
Brian Perera   Executive Producer
Jason Slater   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Anthony Clarkson   Artwork,Layout
Chris Cox   Composer
Lukas Rossi   Composer
Randy Gane   Composer,Lyricist,Orchestration
Martin Irigoyen   Composer
Andy Dequara   Engineer
Jeff Albright   Publicity

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