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25 years after the Mindcrime revolution, the Rÿche returns with their 12th studio album - a new chapter in the epic saga of one of the most critically adored and commercially successful metal bands of all time!

Vocal powerhouse and frontman Geoff Tate leads the HEAVIEST Rÿche ever, including longtime guitarist Kelly Gray plus newly acquired bassist Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot) and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO)!

Guest appearances by K.K. Downing (Judas Priest), Chris Poland (Megadeth), Ty Tabor (King s X), Paul Bostaph (Slayer), Lita Ford, Brad Gillis (Night Ranger), Dave Meniketti (Y&T) and more!

Packaged with bonus tracks - 4 Queensrÿche classics, newly recorded, including the smash hit single Silent Lucidity!

I expect the forthcoming effort to be one of our BEST YET! - Geoff Tate

After 30+ years of music making, most bands are content to simply trudge along, putting out the same old type of album again and again, trying to recapture the glory of days past. Not this band, not Queensrÿche. With every new release, Geoff Tate and company push themselves into new directions, new sounds, and dizzying new heights. The result is that Queensrÿche is just as vital and musically relevant today as ever they ever were. Even when they revisit older ideas, as they did in 2006 with the long awaited sequel to Operation: Mindcrime, the result was one of the most thrilling releases of their extraordinary career. Now, a new chapter is about to be written, a new album, and a new line-up that unites frontman Tate with a stellar group of new players and seasoned vets. Arguably the heaviest version of Queensrÿche ever assembled, the band not only wrote and recorded the 10 brand new songs on Frequency Unknown, but also will be hitting the road to perform the entire Operation: Mindcrime album at select venues across the nation in celebration of that album s 25th anniversary. Make no mistake about it, Queensrÿche is still a musical force to be reckoned with and their legions of fans will undoubtedly be celebrating in 2013! --Official Press Release

1. When Lightning Strikes
2. Running Backwards
3. Fallen
4. Life Without You
5. In The Hands Of God
6. Cold
7. The Weight Of The World
8. Slave
9. Dare
10. Everything

BONUS TRACKS: (2013 Versions)
11. Silent Lucidity
12. Empire
13. Jet City Woman
14. I Don t Believe In Love

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 23, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,972 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This album has absolutely no involvement of the band Queensryche.
The whole album is a Geoff Tate album, NOT a Queensryche album and he would have been better off to have just called it that from the get go.
Alan Birdsell
Queensryche fans deserve better than this garbage, and it is for this reason that I urge you not to buy this album.
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278 of 333 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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185 of 226 people found the following review helpful By DMR on April 23, 2013
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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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157 of 197 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Deschler Jr. on April 23, 2013
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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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Agree with you 100%. The real Queensryche's CD comes out in June.
Mar 5, 2013 by B Conway |  See all 88 posts
Don't buy this garbage. Overinflated POS
Well truthfully it hasn't been working for a very long time. It really seemed to take Dedicated to chaos for everyone to wake up and see it too. It was American soldier for me that finally did it. Hell I only heard dtc out of morbid curiosity and then for entertainment purposes as it was... Read More
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Tate Censorship Needs to Stop
Tate and his manager wife have people putting up shill 5 star comments here on the new POS CD. Even doing that there is an overwhelming amount of honest reviews stating what a pile of crap this CD is!
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I stills shake my head at how far this has come, and the level of hate that this has reached. A nasty break up in a band has now caused personal attacks on people's reputations and some very unsavory character assassinations. This site is for music reviews, not personal attacks and expletives.... Read More
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Exciting future
The only good thing about the preview of this album is to let people know this is not Queensryche and not to waste your money. This is nothing more then another one of Tate's solo projects with 14 hired hands that participated in its creation. The worst part is him re-recording 4 songs that he... Read More
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