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Format: CD
Sku: 248858595
UPC: 741157027525
UPC 14: 00741157027525
Release Date: 4/23/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
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. Weight of the World, The
11. I Don't Believe in Love
12. Empire
13. Jet City Woman
14. Silent Lucidity
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Recording information: A&D Studios, Sunnyvale, CA (01/2013-02/2013).
Muze PNote Since there are now two bands named Queensr?che, 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 Queensr?che includes some heavyweight hired guns: bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensr?che 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 Queensr?che 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 Queensr?che 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 Queensr?che 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. ~ Thom Jurek

Producer: Jason Slater

Engineer: Jason Slater; Andy Dequara

Compilation Appearances

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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 06/03/2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : CLPCD 0275
Music Label Name Label : Cleopatra
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00741157027525

Professional Reviews

Billboard (p.43)
- "[The album] certainly has enjoyable moments -- like the ruminating 'Fallen' and 'In the Hands of God'..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Queensryche
Product attributeLabel:   Cleopatra Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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