May 04

Queensryche – Frequency Unknown (2013)


Frequency Unknown is the album title of the new Queensryche album featuring Geoff Tate.  This album is jammed packed with amazing talent.  Tate enlisted many of his rock star friends to make guest appearances on the album, including Chris Poland (Megadeth), Dave Meniketti (Y&T), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger), Ty Tabor (King’s X), K.K. Downing (Judas Priest), Craig Locicero (Forbidden) and Chris Cannella along with drummers Paul Bostaph (Slayer/Testament) and Evan Bautista.

Also appearing on the album is bass player Jason Slater who has worked with Tate on both Queensryche and Geoff Tate solo albums in the past.  The current band line up features Geoff Tate along with bassist Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, DIO, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT), guitarist Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE 1998-2001), keyboardist Randy Gane, guitarist Robert Sarzo (QUIET RIOT,HURRICANE) and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO, RHINO BUCKET). 

Lets start off with the album cover.  It’s incredibly clever and badass it shows that this album is nothing to mess with.  The tracks on Frequency Unknown are very modern sounding and also include some classic tracks that have been re-recorded. Cold was the first single released off the album and its the first track on it as well.  Cold has a very hard rock sounding vibe and it instantly captivates you.  Geoff’s voice sounds great and if you really listen to the lyrics you can hear how much intense emotion it has.  The song is raw and makes a statement that Geoff is here he’s talented and will prevail.  The third track off this album is “Give it to you” with a soft intro its a much calmer song on the album.  As always the more romantic, quiet soft sound of Geoff’s voice can make any song as he “whisper’s in your ear how do you like so far.”  “Slave” cranks things up again, with intricate guitar picking and changing tempo’s Slave is a very interesting song.

As all Queensryche songs they are complex and unique.  Heart filled, emotional and tear jerking is typically the formula that  Geoff’s voice creates.  If your like me a long Queensryche fan you too have fallen in love with his voice.   Life Without You contains those exact ingredients and has to be the grand love ballad on the album.  Its subtle and just heart clenching a song that will eventually become a classic.  The Weight Of The World is a very organic song, its purpose is to show harsh emotion.  The track is very strong and shows and says a lot without having to say much.  Its simplicity and sophistication and power will leave you with an everlasting impression of a new level of intense feeling.  The last 4 tracks on the album are re-recorded classics.  I don’t think anyone could ever get enough of “I Don’t Believe In Love, Empire, Jet City Woman, Silent Lucidity.”  Everyone’s heard them hundreds of times but they never get old.  Their classics that everybody loves to hear.

Frequency Unknown is the beginning of a new chapter in Geoff Tate’s career and Queensryche.  This marks the first step into the new direction and future of the band.  To me Tates voice is Queensryche, he’s a great artist on his own and this album truly shows it.  Every song has different influences and elements, he had many artists contribute and collaborate to make this album and you can truly hear all the different sounds.  The album sounds modern and unique.  The amount of intense energy and emotion that fueled them during the writing process has transcended into the tracks.  Over all its a great album, despite all the criticism and everybody’s different opinions Geoff Tate is here to stay and will continue to make great music for years to come!

Track List:

1. Cold
2. Dare
3. Give It To You
4. Slave
5. In The Hands Of God
6. Running Backwards
7. Life Without You
8. Everything
9. Fallen
10. The Weight Of The World

11. I Don’t Believe In Love
12. Empire
13. Jet City Woman
14. Silent Lucidity

Genre: Progressive Rock

Record Label: Cleopatra Records

Line up:

Geoff Tate- Vocals
Rudy Sarzo- Bassist
Simon Wright- Drummer
Robert Sarzo- Guitarist
Kelly Gray- Guitarist
Randy Gane- Keyboardist

Playing Time: 1:03:14



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