REVIEW: Queensryche – Frequency Unknown

Queensryche_with_Geoff_Tate_-_Frequency_UnknownFrequency Unknown is a missed opportunity.

It’s a missed opportunity because despite all the controversy over joining and departing band members, shoddy mixes, official contests to post the most extreme hate video and of course that provocative album cover, there a few songs on here that are so good that they transcend all that stuff, if you let them do so, and they would have been utterly killer if performed by the Queensryche line-up that existed a year and a half ago. These songs – Life Without You, In The Hands Of God and to a slightly lesser degree Cold – show Geoff Tate making the most of his talents (which include dramatic vocal delivery and a confessional lyrical style) while staying relatively faithful to the established Queensryche style, at least as it existed on later recordings. (It’s interesting to note that Cold and In The Hands Of God were co-written with Lukas Rossi from Rockstar: Supernova).  Read More …

My interview with Forbidden’s Craig Locicero

Y’know who’s awesome? Bay Area thrash pioneers Forbidden. I recently had a chat with guitarist Craig Locicero (on my birthday actually, thus making it the most thrashtastic birthday ever) and you can check it out over at Guitar World.

The band is working on an official video that will be out very soon, but in the meantime, here’s “Omega Wave,” the title track from their latest album.