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October 20, 2020

Down on the Rycheside

When Queensryche released Hear in the Now Frontier in 1997, it was viewed as a departure for the band. Featuring songs that experimented with alternative rock, the band stripped away its signature lush production in favor of a rawer sound. While change from record-to-record was certainly a hallmark of Queensryche back then, this shift felt different.  

Instead of drawing from the band's classic influences to write the record or shutting out the noise and isolating to come up with material, at the time it sounded like Queensryche jumped on the grunge-era bandwagon. Over the years, I've changed course on that and come to view Hear in the Now Frontier as a natural evolution of Chris DeGarmo's writing. But it's hard to deny the impact the mid-1990s Seattle scene had on the album, particularly Soundgarden's Down on the Upside...

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October 13, 2020

Queensryche Spotlighted in New Northwest Metal Guide

Queensryche fans have a lot to look forward to in Rusted Metal: A Guide To Heavy Metal and Hard Rock Music In The Pacific Northwest (1970-1995). Due later this fall from NW Metalworx Music, the book features a new, candid interview with Kim Harris, the band's first manager, who reveals startling new details about Queensryche's formation and early history.  

Harris, who was interviewed by authors James R. Beach and Brian L. Naron, discusses how he and his then-wife, Diana Harris, pitched EMI to sign the band, touring challenges, the over budget recording sessions of The Warning, the battles they had with the label during the Rage for Order era and much more...

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October 7, 2020

In Memoriam: Neil Peart and Edward Van Halen

The deaths of Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart and Van Halen guitarist Edward Van Halen have left gaping holes not just in the music world, but in the fabric of humanity's artistic history. Every musician pulls something from those who came before them, but Peart and Van Halen were innovators along the lines of da Vinci, Tesla, Beethoven, and Hendrix—iconic figures of mankind.

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September 23, 2020

What I'm Listening To: Music Recommendations for Global Minds

AnybodyListening.net's focus is on Queensryche, primarily the band's original lineup and its music. But periodically, I'll blog about other artists. Specifically, albums and live shows from bands that I'm digging and think fellow Rychers will enjoy too.

This time around, it's stellar new albums by 10 Years and Unleash the Archers...

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September 22, 2020

Queensryche and Peter Collins Look Back on Empire

Fans may not have the long-awaited 30th Anniversary edition of Queensryche's Empire in their hands yet, but the band, along with producer Peter Collins, had plenty to say recently about the album's enduring legacy.

Interviewed by Billboard's Christa Titus, Collins called the members of Queensryche "super professional" during the Empire recording sessions. He said the band's songwriting on Empire helped create a "genre of rock music," noting that the way Queensryche structured its guitar work on the album was uncomparable to any other group...

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