Geoff Tate-led Queensryche’s CD to be Remixed After Fan Complaints About Sound
The remarkable drama surrounding Queensryche continues, as the Geoff Tate edition of the band will remix its forthcoming album ‘Frequency Unknown.’ His label, Deadline Music/Cleopatra Records, made the decision after fans complained about the sound on the samples they released.
“Since previews of the new Queensryche album were made available to the general public on iTunes and other digital retailers,” Tate’s label said in an official release (via Brave Words), “Some of the response has been less than positive.” Apparently, fans took issue with “the overall quality of the recordings, and in particular the mix” of ‘Frequency Unknown.’ To rectify this, the band brought in producer Billy Sherwood, a 1990s-era member of Yes, to create a new mix.
However, for those who enjoyed the original, the label will still issue the original version of ‘Frequency Unknown’ on its scheduled release date of April 23. Sherwood’s mix will come out “at a future date to be announced.”
Meanwhile, the Todd La Torre-fronted version of Queensryche has postponed its scheduled U.K. tour until October, citing its own desire to promote a separate new release. Earlier this week, the La Torre group previewed ‘Redemption,’ the first full track since splitting with Tate. Their album is to follow in June.
All of this intrigue began when Tate was unceremoniously dumped from the band he had fronted for three decades, and decided to found his own tandem band — with the same name.
Sherwood has previously worked as an engineer and producer with Yes, Paul Rodgers and Nektar, among others. He previously appeared in concert with Queensryche in 1999, while Yes was supporting ‘The Ladder.’