Geoff Tate: 'I Don't Know What Signature Queensryche Sound Is'

"People have been asking that today. I don't know what that means," frontman says.

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Queensryche 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.

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    Face R1pper
    Why are completely normal and reasonable articles being tagged with "wtf?" in the past week?
    This statement completely explains the streak of bad albums QR has put out. Can someone lend Geoff their first 4 albums to listen to? Maybe he'll be able to figure it out then.
    Well, you can bet he doesn't. He forgot the sound and lost his mind after Promised Land, it's been a known fact for 20 years now. Nothing new here.
    Of course he doesn't. That's why the albums left totally in his control sounded nothing like Queensryche.
    This is why he is out. That and he likes to spit on people, control artistic direction, and sing only the songs he is capable of singing (barely)
    "Hi, I'm Geoff Tate. I'm one of the founding members of Queensryche. I've been the band for thirty yeeearrrs." Just pay this man his money in November and he will be on his merry way. Paul Gargano, hypocrite supreme can then direct his career into oblivion with Susanna. A&R guys are such toothless and spineless individuals.