Frequency Unknown

Frequency Unknown

by Queensrÿche


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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: 42980

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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Frequency Unknown 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all, I will preface my review by saying that I have been an extremely loyal Queensryche fan since the EP. I am not solely a fan of Geoff Tate (I also adored Chris DeGarmo), but I will admit that I have primarily connected with Geoff's voice over the last 30 years. You will read A LOT of negative reviews about this album that sadly have nothing whatsoever to do with the quality of the songwriting or the performances, but have everything to do with a pathetic campaign to bring down GT. You will also likely read a bunch of negative comments following my review accusing me of everything from being on Geoff's payroll to being Miranda Tate herself. Well, go ahead and Google my name, as they will suggest you do. I don't work for Geoff (although I wouldn't turn down the opportunity if it ever arose!), and I'm not Miranda. I'm just a long-time fan who continues to admire Geoff Tate's vocal performances and the quality of music he releases. I will not slam the other version of Queensryche; I wish them well, but my heart lies with GT. On to the album: I'm not a musician, so I sometimes have difficulty expressing how I feel about music in great detail, but I can tell you that I immediately connected with the album from the moment that I heard the song samples, and my connection has only grown now that I have the full CD. I love the melodies, vocal performances, guitar solos, EVERYTHING! The songs have a wonderful continuity and flow into each other very well. I have a hard time picking favorites from this album, but if I did, I would probably go with "Life Without You," "Give It To You," "Everything," "Weight of the World," “Fallen,” and "In the Hands of God." But then of course there's "Cold," the first single, which really catches your attention from the moment the album begins playing. Every song is great, in my opinion; choosing a favorite is kind of like asking me which of my students I like the best: the answer is, I love all of them! Lots of folks will trash the re-makes. Do they sound like the originals? Of course not; that would be impossible. The re-makes are more like what live performances of those songs might sound like. I prefer the originals (I think most fans would agree), but from my perspective, it is always interesting to hear other takes on great songs. To sum up, please don't be dissuaded by all the haters out there. At one point, negative reviews caused me to hesitate in buying Dedicated to Chaos, but when I finally decided to take a chance, I discovered that I LOVE that album (no joke!) I'm so happy that I stopped listening to the nay-sayers and allowed myself to make up my own mind about DTC. With regard to Frequency Unknown, you should absolutely do the same. Tune out the haters for a moment, give it a listen, and make up your own mind. I promise that you will not regret taking a chance on Geoff Tate and Frequency Unknown. One last side note: this review is actually a re-write of my previous review of Frequency Unknown that “magically disappeared” from Amazon several days after it was published, along with some 5-star reviews from other Amazon members. Apparently, the well-organized anti-Tate propaganda machine has been working overtime to try to turn the “HEAT ON” those of us who genuinely enjoy Geoff Tate’s music and who absolutely love Frequency Unknown. I refuse to allow them to silence my voice in support of this amazing album; it’s that good, and I am that passionate about this amazing new Queensryche release!