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A jam of wreckage,
, 4 May 2014
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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