Today (11/11) is National Metal Day and for today’s From The Vault here are my top 11 choices from the 80′s: Continue reading
Legendary Seattle rockers Queensrÿche have released the video for “Redemption,” a track from their newest (and curiously self-titled) album. The video includes scenes from their studio recordings as well as footage of their first US shows with vocalist Todd La Torre. Continue reading
In an interview with Jam Magazine, Geoff Tate spoke with the magazine about the events of the past year, the upcoming court battle for the Queensryche name and what’s in store for the future. During the interview, Geoff also admitted that the band was never close and that the new album, Frequency Unknown is not about his former bandmates. Some excerpts follow below:
JAM: How happy are you with the reaction to Frequency Unknown?
Geoff Tate – I haven’t paid much attention. I’ve been doing stuff with the band. We’ve been out on the road for a month and have two new guys who are sitting in with us during our next leg. I don’t look back too much.
JAM: As a long-time Queensryche fan, I feel like a child in a divorce. Despite what others have said, I do not believe that two is better than one. Although I really like Frequency Unknown and have yet to hear what the other Queensryche will release, I remained troubled. On the other hand, I do understand that this is a business, these things happen and, after being together for so long, bands often split.
These things happen. It doesn’t do much good to sit there and live and breathe the tragedy of change. You have to and move on with your life and get involved with the things that make you happy. Making music fulfills me. I love writing music and I love collaborating with other artists. I love playing live. That’s what I’ve been doing during the last year.
JAM: Why did you decide to rerecord four classic Queensryche songs for Frequency Unknown?
That was an unemotional decision. The record company asked us to do it. They said, “We really want to give you a lot of money to make this record, but we don’t want to give it to you unless you include the re-recordings.
JAM: Where does the court case stand?
It is supposed to be resolved this November.
JAM: For you, what would be the best possible outcome and what would be the worst possible outcome?
Legally, I can’t say a lot, but what I think would be helpful for people to understand is that this is strictly a corporate dispute. There is no “winning the name Queensryche” or anything like that. It’s just about who can afford to pay the name. Corporate disputes have rules of engagement that you have to follow that are dictated by the state and the federal government. You cannot fire a corporate member without compensation and proper protocol, which happened in this case. I have to be compensated for my part in the corporation. If they can’t pay me, I will get compensated in some other way. We have to figure out what that is. It is strictly nuts and bolts dollars.
JAM: During your time in Queensryche, could you have ever imagined the brotherhood ending on such a sour note?
It never was a brotherhood. It was a bunch of kids that got together and achieved success at an early age. We got used to that success and continued doing the things we did to get that success. We found comfort in our way of working. It’s just that simple. We were never close. We never hung out doing stuff and sharing life. It was always just, “Hey, we have another record to make. Anyone have any ideas? Let’s try to make a record. Here we go.”
JAM: Obviously, you’re now in a more comfortable space.
I’m in a comfortable space where I can feel creative; where I am not trying to operate with my hands tied behind my back.
JAM: This coming November, should you be awarded the Queensryche name, will the music you’ve written be released under the Queensryche name? Will you maintain your solo career?
I don’t know. I don’t have an answer on that just yet. I think maybe after November I’ll have a clear picture on that. I just want to be able to write what I feel. And I don’t want to be dictated to by anyone. I don’t want anyone to say, “You can’t do that because, fill in the blank!” I don’t believe in categorization or genre-fication. I think that ruins art. I think that is elitist. Art is not meant to be confined or put in a box. It’s an uphill climb, because so many people want you to conform. They want you to be what they think you should be.
For more on what Geoff had to say and to read the complete interview, visit the Jam Magazine website.
In related news, Geoff is also coming under fire for grabbing a cell phone out of a fan’s hands while they were recording the band’s performance. He took the phone turned around and threw it into the audience. A separate fan captured the whole incident on tape and uploaded it to YouTube. You can see the video here
Recently, I was given the opportunity to review the new album by Ottowa natives, Chariots of the Gods, called Tides of War released this past January and this is definitely a band to watch out for in the future. Continue reading
In today’s From The Vault, I wanted to add a Top 10 list of the albums I would consider my Top 10 albums of the 80′s. This wasn’t easy because there are so many albums that I wanted to include and when I asked many of my friends what their Top 10 would be, I heard so many different answers. After thinking about it for awhile, I finally settled on the albums below:
10. Shout at the Devil – Motley Crue
Released in 1986, Shout at the Devil is the second album by Motley Crue that really put them on the map. From the opening track, In The Beginning, I was instantly hooked and never tire of listening to this album from start to finish.
9. Spreading The Disease – Anthrax
Released in 1985, this is the second album from Anthax and the first with singer Joey Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello. The album features the classic Madhouse, A.I.R. and my personal favorite, Armed and Dangerous.
8. The New Order – Testament
Released in 1988, The New Order is the second album by Testament that made me an instant fan. The album features such great songs as Trial By Fire, Into The Pit and the Aerosmith cover Nobody’s Fault.
7. Ride The Lightning – Metallica
Released in 1984, this is the second album by Metallica that features such great classics as For Whom The Bell Tolls, Creeping Death and Fade To Black. This is the last album Dave Mustaine receives song credit on and the first to feature guitarist Kirk Hammett.
6. Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? – Megadeth
Released in 1986, this album is the second album by former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine and his band Megadeth. From the opening track, Wake Up Dead to Peace Sells to The Conjuring, Megadeth covers a range of topics from cheating boyfriends/husbands to witchraft and devil worship to politics.
5. Operation Mindcrime – Queensryche
Released in 1988, this the third album by Queensryche which tells the story of a recovering drug addict. Nikki had become disillusioned with society and got involved with a group headed by Doctor X who manipulates him into becoming a political assassin and controls his mind with the word mindcrime. The story shows the struggle the main character goes through to remember exactly what happened while he was an addict and how he struggles to deal with his internal demons and “mindcrimes.”
4. The Ultimate Sin - Ozzy Osbourne
Released in 1986, The Ultimate Sin once again showcases guitarist Jake E. Lee and the first album with drummer Randy Castillo. This is the fourth studio album released by Ozzy Osbourne after his split with Black Sabbath and includes the classic tracks, Shot In The Dark, Killer of Giants, Secret Loser and the title track, The Ultimate Sin.
3. Pyromania – Def Leppard
Released in 1983, Pyromania is the third album by Def Leppard and the first album with guitarist Phil Collen. The album includes so many great classics including Photograph, Too Late For Love, Rock of Ages and Foolin’. Def Leppard has shown their strength with all of the challenges they have faced in their career and have proved they can Rock Rock but won’t drop.
2. Back In Black – AC/DC
Released in 1980, Back In Black is the seventh album by AC/DC and the first with new singer Brian Johnson, after the sudden passing of Bon Scott. The album’s black cover was first rejected by the record company and the band compromised and placed a grey outline around the band’s logo. Dedicated to Bon’s memory, the album is AC/DC’s biggest selling album to date.
1. Screaming For Vengeance – Judas Priest
Released in 1982, Screaming for Vengeance is the eighth studio album by Judas Priest and my all-time favorite Priest album. The most successful track on the album, You Got Another Thing Comin’ was a last minute addition that pushed the album over the top.
I look forward to hearing your comments and your picks for the Top 10 albums from the 1980′s. From all of us at HearEvil.com we want to wish you a Happy and Healthy and Prosperous New Year and look forward to your feedback for the coming year! Thank you for all your support.
Today we take a trip back to 1982 to the self titled EP by Queensrcyhe which was released independently on 206 records and reissued in 1983 by EMI. Continue reading
In today’s metal world, not only can you see your all-time favorite band, but you now have the option of hearing them a second time with a different lineup. Great White and L.A. Guns are a few of the bands that due to personality conflicts, band fighting, creativity issues, etc have decided that instead of breaking up and starting new projects, they can still tour and play the music that the fans love and want to hear. Well now, you can add Queensryche to the list of bands who you can see with two different lineups. Continue reading
Former Queensryche singer Geoff Tate has broken his silence regarding his split with Queensryche. In an exclusive interview with Rolling Stone, Geoff says that he was fired from Queensryche and that a lawsuit is pending. Some excerpts of the Rolling Stone interview are below:
When exactly did the tensions within Queensryche first surface?
Well, with every band there’s tensions that arise over time. You’ve got different personalities all mixed together and there’s always that kind of thing going on. We’d never been a band that had lots of tensions. We’ve had challenges with making records and with personnel changes. When Chris DeGarmo left the band in 1998, it was a pretty big hit for us. But really, this new thing is kind of out of the blue. I wasn’t expecting anything like this at all.
So in February you started arguing about the merchandise business. How did things go from there? You played some shows after that.
We had quite a few dates on the books. The plan was that we were all going to be doing some side projects and then we were gonna do a handful of Queensryche dates throughout the year. Everybody was going off and doing their own thing this year, and then we were going to regroup in 2013 for a big tour.
I’ve read lots of accounts about what happened in Brazil in April. The story on the Internet goes that you overheard them plotting to fire you and then you pushed Michael to the floor and pointed a knife at Scott. What actually happened?
Well, you know how the Internet goes . . . The way it went was, we had a gig in Sao Paolo, and before the show we had a meeting in the dressing room. I asked them straight up about the rumors I’d heard about them replacing me. I was definitely concerned about this. What kind of plan was that? Was it serious? What was going on? They said that they weren’t planning on replacing me, but they had just fired our manager, our office assistant and one of our guitar techs, who all happened to be my family members.
I asked them, “Why is this happening?” They really couldn’t give me a straight answer, or any kind of answer that made any kind of business sense. It seemed like a personal vendetta against me. Anyway, the meeting was short and we went to do the show. I’m getting ready by my station, ready to go on stage, and Scott [Rockenfield] looks at me and he smirks and says, “We just fired your whole family, and you’re next.” I just lost it. I tried to punch him. I don’t think I landed a punch before somebody grabbed me and hauled me to the side. On my way, I managed to shove [Michael] Wilton, and really, that was it. I cooled down and we did the show, and everything went fine.
There was no knife involved?
No. No knife involved. You can’t really get knives into foreign countries.
How did they actually tell you that you were fired?
By a legal letter from their attorney to mine.
What’s gonna happen now?
Well, we’re in a lawsuit right now and it’s probably gonna get ugly. I filed a claim a couple of days ago. So it’s all going to the legal system now to sort out who is what, and who owns what, and that stuff.
Are they gonna be able to play dates as Queensryche before this is resolved? Well, they shouldn’t. Definitely. It’s a situation where, in my opinion, they’re doing everything the wrong way. If there was a dispute over who is in the band, or who owns the band name, I think that stuff should all be worked out before they try to book gigs with the name Queensryche.
To read the whole interview, click here to find out what Geoff had to say about the situation and what’s going on for the future including his new solo album with InsideOut Music.
Former Queensryche singer Geoff Tate has announced that he has signed a worldwide recording contract with InsideOut Music. Geoff said of his new endeavor:
“I’m very excited to join forces with InsideOut Music,” says Tate of his multi-album deal. “They are very committed to progressive music and care deeply for their artists, working together with them to bring music lovers worldwide some of the most compelling rock music available.”
Geoff is currently finishing production on his first InsideOut Music release. The album is planned for release this fall, with details to be announced in the coming weeks. Tate joins a roster that includes Devin Townsend, Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, King’s X, Fates Warning, Dream Theater frontman James LaBrie, The Flower Kings, Arjen Lucassen, Pain Of Salvation, and many more.
Queensryche has officially announced that they have departed ways with singer Geoff Tate and replaced him with former Crimson Glory member Todd La Torre. Scott Rockenfield released the following statement regarding the split: Continue reading