Deadline Music/Cleopatra Records launched a contest on April 26 for the best video rant on “how much you hate” “Frequency Unknown”, the new album from the Geoff Tate-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE. The winner is being offered a free VIP trip to the June 29 show by Tate‘s QUEENSRŸCHE in Seattle along with VIP special guest seating, meet-and-greet passes for after the show and a merchandise package worth $250.
A four-minute video clip in which Geoff reacts to some of the contest submissions was released on May 10. It has now been followed by a 17-minute collection of interviews with some of the “Why I Hate Frequency Unknown” contestants, conducted by Dave Smith. Check it out below.
“Frequency Unknown” sold around 5,500 copies in its first week of release in the United States to land at position No. 82 on The Billboard 200 chart.
QUEENSRŸCHE‘s previous studio CD, “Dedicated To Chaos”, opened with around 8,000 units back in July 2011 to enter the chart at No. 70. The band’s 2009 effort, the epic concept album “American Soldier”, premiered with 21,000 copies to debut at No. 25. This was roughly half the first-week tally registered by QUEENSRŸCHE‘s “Operation: Mindcrime II” album, which shifted 44,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release back in April 2006 to land at No. 14 on The Billboard 200 chart.
QUEENSRŸCHE‘s 2003 effort, “Tribe”, sold 20,000 copies in the first week while 1999’s “Q2K”, opened with sales of 28,000.
QUEENSRŸCHE‘s top-selling album by far is 1990’s “Empire”, which was certified triple-platinum in October 1994 for sales in excess of three million copies in the United States. The original “Operation: Mindcrime” release (1988) attained platinum status in August 1991, while 1994’s “Promised Land” reached the same plateau in December 1994.
As previously reported, Deadline Music/Cleopatra Records is making available the “new and improved” mixes of “Frequency Unknown” to any customers who have purchased the original mix version and are dissatisfied with the audio. Simply e-mail the label a scan of your actual receipt for the physical CD to Queensryche@cleorecs.com and they will happily send you a replacement disc — at no charge whatsoever. No questions asked!
“Frequency Unknown” was released on April 23. The CD was produced by Jason Slater at a studio in Northern California. The first single from the effort, “Cold”, can be streamed below. The track, which was mixed by Anthony Focx (NEWSTED, AEROSMITH, NIGHT RANGER, TED NUGENT), will also be released as a special limited-edition seven-inch vinyl single with a newly recorded version of the QUEENSRŸCHE classic “Silent Lucidity” — mixed by Jürgen Engler (DORO, DIE KRUPPS) — on the B-side.
Asked about the decision to remix “Frequency Unknown” shortly before the album’s release, Tate told “The Continental Breakfast With James Raina”: “We were a little rushed on the mixing end of it, so after listening to it back, we’re having some of the songs remixed now before the album comes out. But that’s typical with records — you have to have them in on time. So sometimes you compromise in areas. Luckily, with this situation, we get to go back and correct some areas in the sound where we thought it was kind of lacking. So that’s fine. I’ve done that on… gosh… probably three quarters of the records I’ve ever made. It’s no new thing, but it’s a luxury when you get to fix it.”
“Frequency Unknown” is packaged with bonus tracks — four QUEENSRŸCHE classics, newly recorded, including the smash hit single “Silent Lucidity”. Guest musicians on the CD include K.K. Downing (JUDAS PRIEST), Chris Poland (MEGADETH), Ty Tabor (KING’S X), Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, TESTAMENT, EXODUS), Lita Ford, Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER), Dave Meniketti (YT) and Craig Locicero (FORBIDDEN).
“Frequency Unknown” track listing:
01. When Lightning Strikes
02. Running Backwards
04. Life Without You
05. In The Hands Of God
07. The Weight Of The World
Bonus tracks: (2013 versions)
11. Silent Lucidity
13. Jet City Woman
14. I Don t Believe In Love
Although a lineup for Tate‘s QUEENSRŸCHE was originally announced in the fall of 2012, things have changed. The band now features Tate along with bassist Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, DIO, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT), guitarist Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE 1998-2001), keyboardist Randy Gane and new additions, guitarist Robert Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, HURRICANE) and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO, RHINO BUCKET).
The Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE will release its new album, simply titled “Queensrÿche”, on June 25 via Century Media Records.
“Queensrÿche” marks the debut release from the lineup comprised of La Torre (vocals; ex-CRIMSON GLORY), Michael Wilton (guitar), Parker Lundgren (guitar), Eddie Jackson (bass) and Scott Rockenfield (drums).