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1.0 out of 5 stars A jam of wreckage,, 4 May 2014
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This review is from: Frequency Unknown (Audio CD)
Vulgar and spiteful album from a venomous Geoff Tate, and it is everybit as nasty and disgusting as you can imagine. On the face of it, Frequency Unknown could have, and probably should have:- been a golden opportunity for G.Tate to prove musical ability and abdicate at least some of the sole responsibility for a string of lackluster albums before it. Instead, a compilation of rushed and fabricated tracks assisted by a childish advertisement of bitterness has inevitably backfired, leaving a trail of musical destruction surrounding it and a credibility in tatters.

Whilst there are some interesting ideas thrown about the place, none of them are helmed together with any kind of real conviction, and the quality of Tate's voice throughout is highly questionable. Having said all that, only one song here could be deemed as anything close to the high quality of the Queensryche legacy:- and that song is "Weight of the world" which does uphold some merit. The rest is frankly throwaway generic metal and a black asterisk of the Queensryche brand. It does however, surpass the disaster of "Dedicated to chaos" which indeed, isn't saying a great deal positive there.

Fortunately, with the recent closure of the court case settlement, Tate will no longer be able to release anymore albums like this in the future using the name, and I guess that is a positive outcome for the remaining band. Still, in the metal music scene, beloved bands are expected to always uphold the same passion, competance, conviction, chemistry and genuinity as the fans would relate to. This album demonstrates none of these core values and none the less:- exposes the royalty generator and budget economics the product and it's revolving b-rate sham represents. Finally, a savaged collection of QR classics has been (and very rightly), widely condemned.

I truly recommend a diversion away from this particular CD, as a culmination of negative energy and an incredible incompetance has marginalised an ultimately soulless and boring record.
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Initial post: 4 May 2014, 15:08:01 BST
Last edited by the author on 4 May 2014, 15:11:32 BST
I read with interest on the internet the vitriolic backlash towards Geoff Tate due to his inharmonious and ego-ridden split from Queensryche. When this album surfaced months after the split, the outrage didn't abate and like your review so aptly mentioned, the majority of fans disliked this album for the lackluster song writing and pitiful lyrics. A total train-crash in my humble opinion and this album will go down in rock history as one of the worst.

I'm glad they have put this ugly debacle to rest and believe the decision made was a right one with the laTorre version to continue with the Queensryche name. Their 2013 effort (Queensryche) was a splendid return, albeit a little short to satisfy me and could have done with three extra songs to bulk things up. If I never hear another note from Tate again I certainly won't shed a tear - what a spectacular fall from grace from a man who had it all, a top metal band and a golden voice.

P/S....you're rather generous with the one star rating!!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 May 2014, 18:21:19 BST
Agma says:
Ah yes! I found it a personal service to warn people away from this kind of stuff. If there had been no stars to award you can be certain that that is what I would have given it!. Horrible album and a front man who's talent is shot. If Tate had any humanity and decency he would have resigned many years ago. I think the time is fast coming that that a persisting career in music is no longer in his hands. Good riddance, ay!.
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