Queensryche pays homage to some of its musical idols on “Take Cover,” a covers album due Nov. 13 via Rhino, Billboard.com has learned. The Seattle group is putting its stamp on such numbers as Pink Floyd’s “Welcome to the Machine,” U2’s “Bullet the Blue Sky” and Peter Gabriel’s “Red Rain.”
“We’ll never top the originals; they’re classics for a reason,” singer Geoff Tate says. “We were more focused on finding different approaches that took the songs in unexpected directions.”
He explains that the album gave the band a chance to have some fun. “During sound checks, [guitarists Mike Stone and Michael Wilton] like to play ‘name that riff,’ and sometimes the whole band joins in. That’s really the way this album came together. We got together and started playing songs to each other, and then we picked our favorites.”
Queensryche has only released a few covers, one of them being a powerful interpretation of “Scarborough Fair” in the early 1990s. Some of the 11 selections naturally fit the band’s progressive rock influences, particularly Pink Floyd and “Innuendo” by Queen, one of Tate’s favorite bands. Others will definitely raise eyebrows. The group is giving Broadway a spin by performing “Heaven on Their Minds” from “Jesus Christ Superstar,” as well as the O’Jays’ R&B classic “For Love of Money,” the operatic “Odissea” by Italian duo Carlo Marrale and Cheope and an acoustic version of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth.”
Tate says he enjoyed the demanding arrangement of “Odissea.” “I really like this song because there is a lot for a singer to sink his teeth into,” he reports. “Plus I got a chance to sing in Italian, which was interesting, considering I don’t speak a word of it.”
He considered singing “Red Rain” and the Police’s “Synchronicity II” opportunities to explore music he’d previously overlooked. “I’d heard these songs on the radio before, but I didn’t really appreciate them before the guys suggested we record them,” he admits. “It was a rewarding experience doing this album because it gave us all a chance to pay tribute to some of the bands that have meant so much to us over the years, and we all discovered new songs to love.”
In July, Queensryche entered Billboard’s Top Music Video chart at No. 1 with the live double-DVD/double-CD set “Mindcrime at the Moore”; it was the first time in its 20-plus year career Queensryche debuted atop a Billboard chart. On Aug. 28, EMI is releasing the group’s second greatest-hits album, “Sign of the Times: The Best of Queensryche.”
The band is also touring with Heaven And Hell for a month of North American concerts starting Sept. 5 and is currently writing its next studio record.
Courtesy of Billboard.com
Comment: JORN, Tesla (2) Poison, Axel Rudi Pell, and now Queensryche. 6 Covers discs in one year?! COME ON. I would rather these bands hire an outside writer and put out a disc with quality new tunes. This cover disc thing has gone way too far, in my opinion.
According to my local Best Buy Sale advertisement, The Scorpions new disc, Humanity Hour 1 is on sale this week for $7.99. A BRAND NEW copy for $7.99 with a bonus track.
If I didn’t own this one already, I would be running to pick this disc up at this price!
Go get it this week, while you can get it cheap!!
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Ted Poley is trademark for feel good melodic rock music ! He left his indelible mark on the history of this music singing for such bands PROPHET, DANGER DANGER (with whom he made his come back recently), BONEMACHINE and MELODICA.
“Smile” is Ted’s second solo album which follows up on where his previous successful release “Collateral Damage” left off, however the songwrting hits the sopt all over and the fun attitude is complemented with an outstanding guitar job from JK Northrup (ex King Kobra and Northrup / Shortino) and a brilliant production.
Helping Ted on the album are the aforementioned JK Northrup (ex King Kobra and Northrup / Shortino) on guitar and bass, Eric Ragno (Ramos, Takara) on keyboards and Dan Zoid on drums, with Vic Rivera appearing on guitars on Smile and Will Ya. Ted co-wrote most of the songs together with Tom & James Martin (Khymera, House of Lords).
- Sound samples in mp3 (Click on the song title to listen to a 90 sec. mp3 sample):
Judging from what I have heard on this disc, this may be release that sends the band into the stratosphere.
Atreyu is powered by two singers. Drummer/Singer Brandon Saller provides the melodic vocals, while Alex Varkatzas handles the aggressive screaming. This dual vocal approach gives the band a somewhat unique sound that meshes the metal and hardcore genres together.
Lead Sails Paper Anchor is a radio friendly collection of modern metal songs. This disc ought to generate at least four to five singles on mainstream rock radio.
I can only describe the song Doomsday as melodic metal meets thrash. This song mixes the excellent vocals of Saller’s, with the thrashing guitar licks of Dan Jacobs and Travis Miquel. This is a very cool way to start off this disc.
Becoming The Bull is a killer song that has already been released as a single and is having mild chart success.
Honor has a similar guitar riff to Becoming the Bull. It is a good song, but not quite as good as the track that precedes it.
The style of the song Falling Down reminds me of Green Day quite a bit, but the heavy guitar work sets it apart. This is an upbeat song that screams radio hit.
When Two Are One is an upbeat thrasher that will put most metalheads into a moshing frenzy.
No One Cares is a mid to high tempo number that Saller’s vocals shine on. This is another song that has hit potential.
I didn’t really care for Can’t Happen Here very much. Varkatzas reminds me of Rob Zombie at times, but I don’t think he is quite as good vocally. The music is good, but Varkatzas’s vocals ruined the tune for me.
Slow Burn on the other hand is an upbeat powerhouse of a tune, and ought to be the band’s second single.
Blow is probably my favorite track on the whole CD. This song has a very 80’s metal feel to it. The lyrics are catchy. This is a killer song. (You can preview this song below.)
Lead Sails(and a Paper Anchor) is a very good mid tempo number, that is probably the least heavy song on the record. This is going to be yet another hit for Atreyu.
My copy came with a cool cover of Faith No More’s hit, Epic. This song wasn’t listed on the digipak, so it is a nice surprise. It is a tad more hardcore with Varkatzas’ vocals, but it is still very true to the original song.
As a whole, Atreyu’s Lead Sails Paper Anchor is another decent hard rock disc, and one that is worthy of your hard earned dollars.
You can pick up Lead Sails Paper Anchor in stores today! Go Get It!
Rating:Out of 10
3. Falling Down
4. Becoming the Bull
5. When Two Are One
6. Lose It
7. No One Cares
8. Can’t Happen Here
9. Slow Burn
11. Lead Sails (And a Paper Anchor)
12. Epic* (Bonus Track)