Ah, a new release from Queensryche, one of the bands that got me to expand my horizons beyond thrash and black metal and to start exploring the realm of traditional and progressive metal. Well, sort of. Not really. After Geoff Tate was fired from Queensryche, he decided to make his own version with a bunch of hired guns and slap together an album in ten minutes to beat his former bandmates to the punch. Decades of pointless albums, a loss of fan interest, the press attention gained from Tate’s firing, spitting on bandmates, insulting audiences, trashing metal and its fans, and ridiculous publicity photos that make him look like he’s auditioning for Mr. Clean, has given Geoff Tate’s career a shot in the arm. Instead of zero people giving a fuck, now a whopping 12 people follow his career just to make daily vest puns on Blabbermouth.
And that brings us to Frequency Unknown. That’s actually a pretty cool sounding title for a progressive metal album. But looking at the album cover I get the feeling there’s some kind of hidden meaning to this title, a dual layer of sublime thought. I curse my Neanderthal metalhead mind for not being able to comprehend the intellectual nuances of Geoff Tate’s art. While this is certainly an album for the connoisseurs of wine and fine art, the marketing for this album promised that it would be “stupidly heavy” and features a mile long list of metal guest musicians to graciously give us groundlings something to chew on as well. So, taken from that perspective, how is FU?