Geoff Tate's Queensryche - 'Frequency Unknown'
Geoff Tate – lead vocals (on all tracks)
Kelly Gray – guitars (not on the album except for a solo)
Robert Sarzo – guitars (not on the album except for a solo)
Rudy Sarzo – bass (on tracks 1, 5, and 9)
Simon Wright – drums (on tracks 1 and 5)
Randy Gane – keyboards (on tracks 1, 5–6, and 8–10), bass (on track 10), orchestration (on track 14), answering machine message (on track 12)
Craig Locicero – rhythm guitars (on tracks 1–10)
Jason Slater – bass (on tracks 2–4, and 6–8), keyboards (on tracks 7–8)
Martín Irigoyen – all guitars, bass, and drums (on tracks 11–14)
Paul Bostaph – drums (on tracks 6–9)
Evan Bautista – drums (on tracks 2–4, and 10)
Guest appearances (in order of appearance)
Kelly Gray – guitar solo (on track 1)
Jason Slater – theremin solo (on track 2)
Robert Sarzo – guitar solo (on track 3)
Chris Cannella – guitar solo (on track 4)
Ty Tabor – guitar solo (on tracks 5 and 8)
K.K. Downing – guitar solo (on track 6)
Brad Gillis – guitar solo (on track 7)
Dave Meniketti – guitar solo (on track 9)
Chris Poland – guitar solo (on track 10)
Nina Noir - background vocals (on track 13), spoken word (on track 14)
Emily Tate – background vocals (on track 14)
Miranda Tate – background vocals (on track 14)
♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫ I can just about already tell I'm going be confused as hell with as many musicians that are on this release♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫
1.) "Cold" - Guitarist Craig Locicero (Forbidden) plays rhythm guitar on not only this song however the entire CD. The musical intro of this track opens with Simon Wright (AC/DC & DIO) playing what a drum triplet. Craig's rhythm guitar riffs of the intro have a very Queensyche feel to them. Simon's drum line consisted of a triplet between the bass drum and snare drum. This is something you see pretty common with drummers like Vinnie and Carmine Appice. Connecting the first and second measure of the musical intro together there are three cymbal crashes underneath Kelly Gray (Queensrÿche & Slave To The System) playing a couple lead guitar licks. Connecting the musical intro with the musical verse There is another musical accent arrangement except this time instead of cymbal crashes there are two snare cracks and a cymbal crash. There is a rhythm guitar arrangement change for the musical verse. The rhythm guitar of the musical verse along with the lyrical arrangement that Geoff wrote for this song was very reminiscent to the stuff Geoff was writing with Queensrÿche on their last few releases. Underneath the lyric lines of the verse it sounded as if Craig's rhythm guitar had an echo attached to it. In between the third and fourth lyric line Craig plays a half-note on guitar. Geoff slowed the vocal line down for the fourth lyric line then speeded it back up to the fifth. Put all the stuff between Geoff and the original members of Queensrÿche aside this one lyric line shows that his is still one HELL of a vocalist!!! There is a drum/bass/guitar triplet connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. There is a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus. Underneath the heavy tones of the rhythm guitar either Craig or Kelly Gray(Queensrÿche, Slave To The System) who plays lead guitar on the song plays a picking rhythm guitar rhythm. There is s second rhythm guitar underneath the heavy tomes of the main rhythm guitar of the second verse. This rhythm guitar is different than the main rhythm. After the second chorus there is a Kelly Gray lead guitar solo. Though the solo is short it is however very intense. There are a couple lead licks over the top of the coda of this track.
2.) "Dare" - This intro consisted of a fairly basic yet intense musical arrangement. There is a music arrangement change for the musical verse. For the third lyric line Geoff double-tracked his vocal line. The double-tracked vocal line underneath the main vocal was just a little delayed. For the last measure of the verse Evan switched his hi-hat pattern from a closed pattern to one that was opening and closing. There is a rhythm change for the musical chorus. After the chorus there is a drastic music arrangement change were the band showed the beats per minute down. Underneath the lyric lines Craig plays several lead guitar licks. For this section Evan switch to a tom-tom pattern. The lyric content of this breakdown section was almost a slap in the face to the original members of Queensrÿche. This short breakdown lead to a major breakdown section. The Teremin (The theremin /ˈθɛrəmɪn/, originally known as the ætherphone/etherphone, thereminophone or termenvox/thereminvox is an early electronic musical instrument controlled without discernible physical contact from the player. Made famous by The Beach Boy on their hit "Good Vibrations") solo must have been during the breakdown section.
3.) "Give It to You" - This track opened with an acoustic guitar arrangement over the top of a percussion arrangement. There is a vocal accent connecting the intro with the musical verse. The band used the same arrangement for the musical verse as the one for the intro. In between the fifth and sixth lyric lines and underneath the lyric lines and over the top of the acoustic guitar of the verse Robert Sarzo (Hurricane). Robert plays a minor solo underneath the lyric lines of the musical chorus. For the musical verse Craig switched from an acoustic guitar rhythm to an electric guitar rhythm. The percussion section continues underneath the drum line. For the second verse there is a complete rhythm guitar change. There also are two different rhythm guitar arrangements underneath the musical chorus. The way the guitar arrangement of the second verse was arranged let the bass line bleed through. Robert used a fuzz pedal on the solo. His solo for this song show that not only has Robert not lost any dexterity but just how much I missed his guitar playing style. Robert double-tracked his lead guitar solo section. Geoff sings a few vocal lines over the top of the solo.
4.) "Slave" - This intro opened with five bass drum kicks. The intro itself consisted of a rhythm guitar done with the palm muting effect. Over the top of the palm-muting effect rhythm Chris Cattenna (Autum's End) plays several lead guitar licks. This intro had a very abstract/syncopated feel to it. Outside of a note or two the rhythm guitar of the musical verse is pretty much the same rhythm as the intro's underling guitar rhythm of the musical intro minus the palm-muting effect. The rhythm guitar change of the musical verse had a very intense feel to it. In fact it was so intense that it almost drowned out Geoff's vocals. There is a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus. The only other thing to note is Geoff double-tracked the backing vocals. Connecting the first chorus with the second verse there is two measures of just a drum line. The lead guitar solo connected the third chorus with a breakdown chorus section. The lead guitar solo that Chris Cattella (Autumns End) consisted of Arabic scales in turn gave the solo an Arabic feel. This type of solo suited this song very well. It also shows Chris's playing ability! After the solo there is a small breakdown that goes music/rest/music/rest/music/rest. The coda consisted of two repeats of the chorus.
5.) "In the Hands of God" - Over the top of the drum line of this intro there are two different rhythm guitar rhythms. leading into the verse over the top of the musical arrangement Geoff says one, two. There is a rhythm guitar change for the musical pre-verse. For the vocal lines of the pre-verse Geoff sings one lyric line then one spoken line twice. This was very reminiscent to the stuff Geoff wrote lyrically on Queensrÿche's second release titled, 'Rage For Order' released on July 24, 1986. There is a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. The musical chorus was amazing! The last lyric of the musical chorus echoed and then trailed off. After the second chorus there are several lead vocal lines over the top of the lead guitar solo. There really isn't much of a solo on this song. It is really just several lead licks underneath Geoffs vocals.
6.) "Running Backwards" - Before going into the main musical intro there are three strange lead licks. The main musical intro consisted of a very intense rhythm guitar riff over the top of the lead guitar licks that opened the song. The drum line consisted of a sixteenth note hi-hat pattern. There is a rhythm change for the last two measures of the intro. There is a minor lead guitar solo connecting the intro with the musical verse. There are several musical rests of the musical verse lets the bass line become the main instrumentation. The solo KK Downing of Judas Priest wrote for this track may have been the most intense solo I've heard the guitarist write!!.
7.) "Life Without You" - This track opens with a fairly basic intro arrangement. The drum line consisted of several drum fills. There is an arrangement change for the musical verse. The bass line and drum line are the main instrumentation. The guitar arrangement consisted of Craig playing one rhythm underneath Chris Poland of Megadeth playing lead licks. The song speeds up for the musical chorus. For the second verse there are a couple lyrics that are stereo slit. The lead guitar solo is after the third chorus. Parts of the solo are reminiscent to the stuff Chris wrote with Megadeth.
8.) "Everything" - This track opens with a keyboard arrangement played by former Queensrÿche session keyboardist Randy Gane. After one measure a percussion section kicks-in. After another measure Craig kicks-in the rhythm guitar. There is a timing change for the musical verse. There was a tom-tom fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. Ty's lead guitar solo rum underneath the lyric lines of the fourth chorus.
9.) "Fallen" - Sorry Geoff however the best part of this song was the Dave Meniketti guitar solo!
10.) "The Weight of the World" - This song is amazing!!!!!!
Bonus tracks: (2013 versions)
11.) "I Don't Believe in Love" (from Operation: Mindcrime, 1988)
'Frequency Unknown' is the first Geoff Tate solo release under the moniker of Queensrÿche. Geoff enlisted a who's who of the music business to help him record the songs for the release. Every song has a different famous lead guitarist for every solo. These musician are listed above and listed on their relative tracks. Unlike most rÿche fans who heard of the band when they released 'Operation Mindcrime' on May 3, 1988. I first heard of the band when I saw them open for Kiss on the 'Rage For Order'/'Animalize' tour. Needless to say I was hooked and have been a fan ever since! I'm just gonna say it and if it makes anyone mad I'm sorry. I don't know what all the Queensrÿche fans are complaining about 'Frequency Unknown' rocks! For me the songs were very reminiscent lyrically & musically to 'Rage For Order' and 'Hear In The Now Frontier'. Please ignore all the fan rants and buy this release!!!!