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|Chris Poland||Guitar, Soloist|
|Brad Gillis||Guitar, Soloist|
|K.K. Downing||Guitar, Soloist|
|Dave Meniketti||Guitar, Soloist|
|Robert Sarzo||Guitar, Soloist|
|Ty Tabor||Guitar, Soloist|
|Kelly Gray||Guitar, Soloist|
|Jason Slater||Bass, Keyboards, Theremin, Soloist|
|Craig Locicero||Rhythm Guitar|
|Miranda Tate||Background Vocals|
|Randy Gane||Bass, Keyboards, Voices|
|Emily Tate||Background Vocals|
|Martin Irigoyen||Bass, Guitar, Drums|
|Chris Cannella||Guitar, Soloist|
|Nina Noir||Background Vocals, Spoken Word|
|Chris DeGarmo||Composer, Lyricist|
|Geoff Tate||Composer, Lyricist|
|Brian Perera||Executive Producer|
|Jason Slater||Composer, Producer, Engineer|
|Anthony Clarkson||Artwork, Layout|
|Randy Gane||Composer, Lyricist, Orchestration|
Posted May 5, 2013
First of all, I will preface my review by saying that I have been an extremely loyal Queensryche fan since the EP. I am not solely a fan of Geoff Tate (I also adored Chris DeGarmo), but I will admit that I have primarily connected with Geoff's voice over the last 30 years. You will read A LOT of negative reviews about this album that sadly have nothing whatsoever to do with the quality of the songwriting or the performances, but have everything to do with a pathetic campaign to bring down GT. You will also likely read a bunch of negative comments following my review accusing me of everything from being on Geoff's payroll to being Miranda Tate herself. Well, go ahead and Google my name, as they will suggest you do. I don't work for Geoff (although I wouldn't turn down the opportunity if it ever arose!), and I'm not Miranda. I'm just a long-time fan who continues to admire Geoff Tate's vocal performances and the quality of music he releases. I will not slam the other version of Queensryche; I wish them well, but my heart lies with GT.
On to the album: I'm not a musician, so I sometimes have difficulty expressing how I feel about music in great detail, but I can tell you that I immediately connected with the album from the moment that I heard the song samples, and my connection has only grown now that I have the full CD. I love the melodies, vocal performances, guitar solos, EVERYTHING! The songs have a wonderful continuity and flow into each other very well. I have a hard time picking favorites from this album, but if I did, I would probably go with "Life Without You," "Give It To You," "Everything," "Weight of the World," “Fallen,” and "In the Hands of God." But then of course there's "Cold," the first single, which really catches your attention from the moment the album begins playing. Every song is great, in my opinion; choosing a favorite is kind of like asking me which of my students I like the best: the answer is, I love all of them!
Lots of folks will trash the re-makes. Do they sound like the originals? Of course not; that would be impossible. The re-makes are more like what live performances of those songs might sound like. I prefer the originals (I think most fans would agree), but from my perspective, it is always interesting to hear other takes on great songs.
To sum up, please don't be dissuaded by all the haters out there. At one point, negative reviews caused me to hesitate in buying Dedicated to Chaos, but when I finally decided to take a chance, I discovered that I LOVE that album (no joke!) I'm so happy that I stopped listening to the nay-sayers and allowed myself to make up my own mind about DTC. With regard to Frequency Unknown, you should absolutely do the same. Tune out the haters for a moment, give it a listen, and make up your own mind. I promise that you will not regret taking a chance on Geoff Tate and Frequency Unknown.
One last side note: this review is actually a re-write of my previous review of Frequency Unknown that “magically disappeared” from Amazon several days after it was published, along with some 5-star reviews from other Amazon members. Apparently, the well-organized anti-Tate propaganda machine has been working overtime to try to turn the “HEAT ON” those of us who genuinely enjoy Geoff Tate’s music and who absolutely love Frequency Unknown. I refuse to allow them to silence my voice in support of this amazing album; it’s that good, and I am that passionate about this amazing new Queensryche release!
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Posted June 26, 2013
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