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powerslave_85
10-29-2008, 05:37 PM
Taken from a Myspace blog post:

LOS ANGELES — Queensr˙che is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on their 12th studio album, AMERICAN SOLDIER. The concept album, due this spring from Rhino/Atco, finds the band once again tackling some heavy subject matter, this time focusing on telling the story of war from a firsthand perspective. Singer and chief songwriter Geoff Tate has spent the last few years conducting extensive interviews with veterans and has crafted their thoughts into this epic tale. AMERICAN SOLDIER examines American wars from World War II through Iraq from the viewpoint of those in the trenches and on the frontlines. Following the album's release, Queensr˙che plan to present tracks from the album live on an extensive spring tour of the U.S., with international dates to follow later in 2009. The first date of the tour will be a hometown gig at Seattle's Snoqualmie Casino on April 16.

"Queensr˙che has always had incredible support from members of the Armed Services," says Tate. "It seems like after every show, I'd end up speaking with a fan that was or had been involved with the military. The more and more I began to hear their accounts and feelings, the more I really felt a conviction to tell their story. Over the last two years, I've conducted dozens of one-on-one interviews with veterans of many different American wars. I listened to their amazing and moving recounts and did my best to examine war through their eyes."

Am I the only one who thinks this is gonna be awful?

mankvill
10-29-2008, 05:56 PM
AMERICAN SOLDIER

:tp:

Way to pull a Kid Rock/Drowning Pool. When can we expect the Queensryche National Guard commercial?

DethMaiden
10-29-2008, 06:04 PM
Umm, okay. I'll give it a listen because it's a Queensryche album, but my expectations are low.

Maiden33
10-29-2008, 06:33 PM
This album is going to blow like I can't even imagine.

gilpdawg
10-29-2008, 07:39 PM
Betcha it'll be better than Nostradamus. Of course, that's like being the smartest retard.

SomewhereInTime72
10-29-2008, 08:55 PM
I'm expecting to :facepalm: at this, but still enjoy it to a certain extent. Hopefully Queensryche will surprise me, in fact, that's what I like 'em for. So... :eyes: Keeping my fingers crossed.

Div
10-29-2008, 09:43 PM
Im optimistic. atleast hes done "extensive" interviews with real soldiers before writing it instead of just watching Gettysburg. even though mindcrime ii sortas blows i think this might be good. i would like to see more concept songs about technological dystopia tho.

Sinfulsot
10-30-2008, 08:03 AM
Mindcrime 2 definitely drags from about midway thru til the end.

but extensive interviews might give the music a better feel for the actual soldier experience. well, i'm hoping.

I'm also hoping that the tracks on this new release will be individual stories vs the whole album telling one story (like Mindcrime).

Maiden33
10-30-2008, 09:21 AM
All the interviews in the world aren't going to help the fact that Queensryche haven't written a decent album in almost 15 years.

SomewhereInTime72
10-30-2008, 09:32 AM
All the interviews in the world aren't going to help the fact that Queensryche haven't written a decent album in almost 15 years.

Yet I can't think of a better word to describe Mindcrime II than "decent."

gilpdawg
10-30-2008, 12:40 PM
Yet I can't think of a better word to describe Mindcrime II than "decent."
If the second half of the album didn't slow down so much, it would have been an amazing album. Everything from the start to the Dio track fucking smokes.

Div
10-30-2008, 02:11 PM
mindcrime ii was just "meh". you really cant say that it sucks, but compared to the first it just feels so forced and second rate. "im american" just doesnt level up to "revolution calling", they tried with the lyrics but the emotion just isnt there.

SomewhereInTime72
10-30-2008, 02:49 PM
Mindcrime II was mostly really a sequel to the original lyrically, if you don't automatically compare it to one of the best albums of all time, it does seem better.
If the second half of the album didn't slow down so much, it would have been an amazing album. Everything from the start to the Dio track fucking smokes.
I'd agree with this if Murderer? weren't easily my favorite song on the album.

I'm hoping that 'Ryche will not disappoint.

gilpdawg
10-30-2008, 05:12 PM
Mindcrime II was mostly really a sequel to the original lyrically, if you don't automatically compare it to one of the best albums of all time, it does seem better.

I'd agree with this if Murderer? weren't easily my favorite song on the album.

I'm hoping that 'Ryche will not disappoint.
Yeah, I forgot about that one, but after that the only one I'm into is Fear City Slide. The rest is crap. And Murderer? is badass live.

Maiden33
10-31-2008, 05:48 AM
If the second half of the album didn't slow down so much, it would have been an amazing album. Everything from the start to the Dio track fucking smokes.

I don't have a problem with it "slowing down" so much as just sucking all around.
I have no problem admitting O:MII was the best thing Ryche have done since Promised Land. I legimately enjoy a few tracks (The Hands, Murder, The Chase, ReArrange You, and Hostage), but 5 solid tracks doesn't justify a 17 track album which is, in essence, a forced, pointless sequel that embarasses one of the greatest albums ever made.

gilpdawg
10-31-2008, 01:14 PM
I don't have a problem with it "slowing down" so much as just sucking all around.
I have no problem admitting O:MII was the best thing Ryche have done since Promised Land. I legimately enjoy a few tracks (The Hands, Murder, The Chase, ReArrange You, and Hostage), but 5 solid tracks doesn't justify a 17 track album which is, in essence, a forced, pointless sequel that embarasses one of the greatest albums ever made.

That's pretty much my view. It's not the fact that it slowed down, but it loses my interest every time. I like a few more than 5 tracks. It's half of a great album, but half doesn't make a great album.