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Frequency Unknown [Explicit]

April 23, 2013 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: April 23, 2013
  • Label: Deadline Music
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 Deadline Music
  • Total Length: 1:03:14
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  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,357 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This song is really good, Tate sounds like he cares a little bit.
Steve W. Smith
Frequency Unknown is the opposite of a masterpiece: boring, redundant, mediocre lyrics/music and Geoff Tate's voice sounds worse with each new album.
If you're just a die hard Geoff Tate fan, you may like this album...but if its Queensryche you're looking for, this is not it.
Sexton Hardcastle

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274 of 327 people found the following review helpful By Samsara on April 23, 2013
Format: Audio CD
For a singer that has made a career of citing his desire to push musical boundaries and stating that he dislikes "heavy metal," Geoff Tate has done himself and the entire Queensryche fan base a huge disservice with Frequency Unknown.

Slapped together in just a couple months time, "F.U." is a throwaway album with little substance. Written primarily by Tate and producer Jason Slater, the album features a variety of generic metal guitar riffs, uninspiring vocal melodies, predictable and at times juvenile lyrics and downright poor performances by some of the musicians on the record.

The first single, "Cold," is probably the best cut of the bunch, but marred by a guitar solo that really sticks out as something meant for a different song. Other tunes such as "Running Backwards," "In the Hands of God," and "Everything" show promise, but are ruined by lackluster vocal performances by Tate and spotty production.

Released under the name of "Queensryche," Frequency Unknown is a bit misleading. None of the founding members of the band appear on it. Instead, it's just Tate (the band's original singer that was fired by his former bandmates in 2012) and a bunch of hired guns.

The result is clunky at best. Instead of capturing a particular vibe or sound, Frequency Unknown sounds like a compilation album of whatever songs Slater and some others had lying around for Tate to sing over. It's just not a very good organic listening experience.

Frequency Unknown also features a number of Queensryche's classic hits re-recorded by Tate and a number of backup singers and various musicians. The re-recordings sound flat and contrived, and Tate admitted in various interviews when promoting the record that he did it primarily for the money -- yes, you read that right.
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182 of 221 people found the following review helpful By DMR on April 23, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This record sounds exactly like what it is:

- 6 week rush job to "be first" and release a record before the other guys.

- an album almost entirely pre-written by one of the most bland rock producers/musicians out there (and Tate's personal plastic sex doll).........Jason Slater. He admitted as much on his website taking jabs at those who took issue with Tate "using good songs that were available" to him. Don't take my word for it. Go see for yourself. There you can also see him admit that the album had a six week window from beginning to end. You get what you pay for in life.

- Horribly contrived and forced. Tate has been going on and on about how much he hates metal and how much he will never conform to the fans who want him to play metal. He's gone on and on over the past year about how he will never allow himself to "become a nostalgia act". Funny then, that he farts out this obvious attempt at trying to be heavy (by bringing in guest musicians specializing in that kind of music). He's got the band's biggest hits re-recorded (we'll get to that). And on his current tour he's playing Mindcrime in it's entirety for like the 37th time. And oh yeah, playing an encore full of songs not off this album, but hits from 2 decades ago. So much for that never conforming to nostalgia thing.

- Sound quality. 6 weeks front to back. Again, you get what you pay for. Jason Slater boasted on his website about getting the record done in 6 weeks. He went on and on about how great it sounded and how awesome a job Maor Applebaum (or what ever the eff his name is) did mastering it. DOH!! But wait! Record company said NOPE. Huge fan backlash.
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155 of 195 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Deschler Jr. on April 23, 2013
Format: Audio CD
I admit I was predisposed to dislike the album before I even listened. That may seem unfair, but my predisposition was based on the fact that, with the exception of a few standout tracks, the past four Queensryche albums have been abyssmal. As far as this album is concerned, Overall, I am a bit surprised. Frequency Unknown is not as bad as I thought it would be, and there are more moments that I like than I would have thought. But the ideas are not fleshed out well at times, the vocal melodies are frequently half-baked, and the vocal delivery is just outright painful and bad most of the time. But most of all, this sounds like a Geoff Tate solo effort and not like something that should have the Queensryche name attached. The three biggest problems I have with the album can be summarized as follows:

1. Everything sounds rushed and underdeveloped. There are some good ideas and some good melodies. But nothing about the album feels like any amount of care or thought was put into making it sound and feel like a finished product. Most of us know the facts behind how this album was put out. We know that it was a rush job. The problem is, it SOUNDS like a rush job, whether we are talking about the poor mix, the disjointed "cut-and-paste" sound of of the songs, or what have you.

2. The singing is atrocious. Geoff Tate was a key influence of mine, both in terms of getting into singing in the first place, and also in terms of pushing the envelope in my singing. However, his singing has so badly deteriorated that it is painful to listen to. Tate sounds strained, nasal, and off-key more often than not, and is far and away the weakest link on this album. This is not a matter of personal taste.
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