Huh. This is interesting. Look, there’s no doubt that of the two recent Queensryche albums, the Todd LaTorre-fronted version was the better-sounding and more consistent of the two. But the Geoff Tate one had a couple of really good songs. “Life Without You” in particular would fit quite well on Empire, Promised Land or Tribe. (And I don’t think it’s exactly common knowledge that Forbidden guitarist Craig Locicero plays rhythm guitar throughout the album – not to mention there are guitar solos by Ty Tabor, KK Downing, Brad Gillis, Dave Meniketti, Chris Poland and more). But the mix of the album sucks. Tate realised this even before the album was released, so Billy Sherwood was enlisted to remix it, but that was never finished, and the original mix was released instead. Well now the Sherwood mix has been completed and will be released on a deluxe edition of the album. I guess there must be some clause that allows this to be released under the Queensryche name since it’s an already-existing album. Either that or Tate’s going to get a very interesting phone call. Anyway, here’s the press release. Read More …
Whoa! With week left until its release, Queensryche (that’s the version featuring the mighty Michael Wilton, Scott Rockenfield, Eddie Jackson, Parker Lundgren and new vocalist Todd La Torre), have put their new self-titled album up online for all to crank. And it’s killer. I especially like In This Light: with all the talk of how heavy this album was going to be, I was hoping they’d still find room for more melodic stuff. And they have! This album feels like a very, very good start indeed for this new era of Queensryche as a recording entity (they’ve already proven themselves on the stage) and I hope they make it down here to Oz on tour some time soon. You can listen on the band’s site here.
Aah, now this is cool! Check out the video below to hear another new Queensryche song, called Where Dreams Go To Die, which features a classic QR twin-guitar attack, complete with cool clean-toned verses, harmony lines and all that other fun stuff you expect from a Queensryche track. And of course it’s always great to hear Michael Wilton’s heavy rhythm work, but I’m really digging the renewed sense of vigour in Scott Rockenfield’s drumming. Scott Rock has long been one of my favourite drummers and he sounds really free and energised here. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the album! Queensryche’s self-titled album – the first with Todd La Torre on vocals – will be released on June 25. Pre-order it here. Read More …
Frequency 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 …
Check out the new song ‘Redemption,’ the first full track released by Queensryche from their forthcoming album in the video below. Just to be clear, that’s the Todd La Torre-fronted version of the band featuring original members Michael Wilton, Scott Rockenfield and Eddie Jackson along with Parker Lundgren. Geoff Tate’s version of Queensryche is also releasing an album soon, but… okay, Geoff, I quite liked both your solo albums, but… preview clips from the Tate version’s forthcoming album Frequency Unknown are available on iTunes, and how do I say this…
The Wilton/Rockenfield/Jackson/Lundgren/La Torre version’s new stuff though… well… let’s let it speak for itself. Turn up yer speakers and dig into this:
Geoff Tate has just announced the line-up for his version of Queensrÿche in a post on the newly redesigned Queenryche website and it includes some pretty surprising names. Tate says, in part:
“Today is a new day and I am thrilled to announce the new Queensrÿche.
Joining me are: Rudy Sarzo, Bobby Blotzer, Glen Drover, Kelly Gray and Randy Gane.
Together we shall embark on a new musical journey that will be a greater extension of where Queensrÿche has ever been.”
Click here to read the rest.
So what do you think? Is there room in the world for two Queensrÿches? The core band – Michael Wilton, Scott Rockenfield and Eddie Jackson – are already working on the next Queensrÿche album with Parker Lundgren and Todd La Torre and have already played gigs under the Queensrÿche name, so this is probably gonna get a bit messy before it all gets resolved in court in November 2013.
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Queensryche have never done what was expected of them. They pioneered progressive metal with the legendary concept album Operation: Mindcrime but followed it up with the pop-metal blockbuster Empire. Then they followed Empire with the dark, moody Promised Land. They finally released a sequel to Operation: Mindcrime in 2006, and followed that up with American Soldier, a heavy, intense journey into to horrors of war, both physical and emotional, culled from interviews with actual returned servicemen. New album Dedicated To Chaos (Roadrunner) is a complete about-face from American Soldier, a rhythm-driven, kaleidoscopic examination of modern attention spans (or the lack thereof).
Drummer Scott Rockenfield and bass player Eddie Jackson kickstarted the direction of the album when they turned in a series of riffs and jams that were a world away from the guitar-driven darkness of American Soldier. “That’s what makes it interesting and keeps us coming back for more as musicians,” says singer Geoff Tate, down the line at 2am Melbourne time. “In fact, one of the things that drew us together years ago when we first started out was the ability for almost everyone in the band to really communicate their thoughts on music, and to share their musical influences, which are pretty vast. I think if you look at all of our record collections we probably own every record ever made! I personally own seven or eight thousand records!”
Wow, sounds like Queensryche have lost their minds – in the best possible way.
Ladies and gentleman and “kids” of only adult ages, welcome to what promises to be the spectacle of all spectacles better known as the Queensrÿche Cabaret.
A fun-filled evening like no other full of freaks and shrieks.
What good is sitting alone in your room?
Come hear the music play.
Taste the wine and swing from a vine in a place that’s only eclipsed by the echo in your mind.
It’ll be Geoff Tate, Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson and Parker Lundgren performing a show-of-shows with a bunch of their friends who have a tendency to only come out late at night.
The Queensrÿche Cabaret will be art, lust, dancing and naughty fun with the band performing their hits and never-heard-before selections accompanied by go-go dancers, burlesque dancers, drag queens, a juggler, ballet dancer, aerial artist, contortionist and much more.
Sit back and enjoy the music and theatrics or be a part of the stage show!
Audience members will have an opportunity to participate… but prior written consent will be required as it won’t be for the faint of heart.
It’ll be sights and sounds coming at you from all angles like never before!
See some evil, hear some evil, speak some evil and have some fun.
Be prepared… be very prepared.
Life is a Queensrÿche Cabaret, old chum, come to the Cabaret.
There will be fan-club-only parties and events Thursday Friday and Saturday nights, including a Super Bowl party on Sunday for those staying the weekend. Fan-club seats and passes to many, many events will be up in the next week.