Open -- (DeGarmo/Tate/Wilton)
Key Tracks: The Art of Life, Desert Dance
* -- Because the entirety of Tribe did not feature the complete original lineup of Queensryche, we've spotlighted only the tracks from the record that had all five original members of the band involved in the writing and/or recording. Completists can look up the entire CD online, but for those only interested in checking out tracks by the full original lineup, simply download the above cuts from your digital source of choice.
** -- "Justified" was written and partially recorded during the Tribe sessions before Chris re-departed the band. It wasn't finished being recorded until 2007, and it appears on the deluxe edition of a multi-lineup greatest hits packaged titled Sign of the Times – The Best of Queensryche. "Justified" was mixed by Terry Date.
Notes: Tribe wasn't an easy record to make. Initially, Jackson, Rockenfield and Wilton began writing the music themselves. As they fleshed out songs, Tate allegedly disapproved of the overall direction and started seeking input from outside writers, including his members of his solo band and journeyman guitarist Mike Stone. As a result, Jackson, Rockenfield and Wilton became frustrated with Tate, leading to a public blow-up in summer 2002. A public reconciliation was made and at some point Chris DeGarmo became aware of the music his former bandmates were writing and reached out to be a part of the process.
The music on Tribe adopts some of the trademark of the "nu-metal" style guitar riffs that were popular at the time, with some TOOL-esqe rhythms as well, particularly the lead single, "Open." Fans were critical of the distinct lack of traditional guitar solos on the songs, however, which was also a trend many bands followed during the early 2000s. Overall, the original lineup songs found on Tribe sound like a natural progression from 1997's Hear in the Now Frontier (the original band's last album together), with bigger production and darker, edgier guitars.
Lyrically, Tribe was Tate's observations of U.S. society in a post-911 world. While on his 2002 solo tour, Tate allegedly kept a journal that he turned into lyrical ideas for the record. Songs such as "Desert Dance," convey Tate's motorcycle rides through the wastelands, while "Falling Behind" questions why people of different faiths continue to clash. The lyrics of "Justified" were penned by DeGarmo. That song deals with a relationship gone south, and attempts to reconcile it. Many fans have wondered if "Justified" was a veiled message from DeGarmo to his old bandmates. But that has never been confirmed by Chris.
Interesting facts: "Under My Skin" was initially listed on promotional copies of Tribe instead of "The Art of Life." It is unknown whether they are different songs, or if "Under My Skin" was renamed "The Art of Life." In addition, pirated copies of Tribe had bonus tracks listed, including a cover of "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas. For the record, Queensryche is not the performer on that track, and has never covered the song.
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