frontman Geoff Tate
recently admitted that he is not certain on whether such thing as signature Queensryche sound even exists.
While discussing the latest release "Frequency Unknown"
with Hard Rock Haven
, the singer stressed out that he considers writing songs that reflect the current time as somewhat of an ultimate goal.
"I really don't know what the signature sound of Queensryche is,"
Tate said. "People have been asking that today. I don't know what that means. Queensryche, to me, has always been about making different records and trying different things. Trying to redefine ourselves with each record, really."
The vocalist continued, "I don't know if there is a signature Queensryche sound. The goal was to write songs and music to reflect the times that we live in. We wanted to write music that was timely and fit for the way things feel for me these days. It is art. It is reflective of emotions, feelings and thoughts in the now of what I am doing right now. It is kind of like an audio diary."
Although the album was mostly overshadowed by drama going on between the singer and members of the original Queensryche, as well as the infamous album cover sending a crass "F.U." message
to his former bandmates, there seems to be an interesting story behind "Frequency Unknown" after all.
As Tate pointed out, "There is a theory in the engineering world if you dial in these unknown frequencies nobody knows what it is, you find the weak spot of the song. It kind of gels together and all of a sudden it is now great. Like, there it is - it all comes together because I dialed in this frequency.
"But no one can tell you what this frequency is,"
vocalist adds. "It is an unknown thing. That became a little studio phrase that got thrown around while we were working on the project and that became the title of the record."
"Frequency Unknown" was released in April via Deadline Records, fetching mixed reviews and debuting at No. 82 on the Billboard 200 chart with just over 5,500 copies sold in the US within the first week.