QUEENSRŸCHE will release their sixteenth studio album, “Digital Noise Alliance”October 7 via Media of the Century. The record was once again crossed by Chris “Zeuss” Harriswho previously worked with QUEENSRŸCHE on 2015 “Human condition” and “The verdict” LP. The official music video for the LP’s first single, “In extremis”seen below.
The band comments: “This song is about being on your deathbed surrounded by your loved ones. Holding on to the last meaning available, letting them know that you will still hear them after the correspondence or perceived awareness comes into view. other conceptual metaphors appear and disappear, noting a world that will not bow to such suffering, a universe of mockery, and a universe devoid of such abilities.”
QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton Told Metal edge magazine on “Digital Noise Alliance”“It’s an album that spans and encompasses the whole musical genre of QUEENSRŸCHE. It has very melodic moments, it’s progressive, it’s heavy metal and it’s very album-oriented visual music that’s going to be just a good mat QUEENSRŸCHE album.”
As for the songwriting process for “Digital Noise Alliance”, Wilton said: “I was living in Seattle at the time, and when you’re isolated like that, it does weird things in your headspace. I spoke to Todd [La Torre, vocals] and mentioned that during that time I had been writing a lot of little guitar riffs. So I went to visit Todd in Florida at the end of January 2021. I didn’t know that he had also invited the producer Zeuss coming from Massachusetts, because I hadn’t brought a guitar with me. I was just going to hang out with Todd in Florida. But then we made a conscious decision between all of us that the process for this album would not be songs emailed to everyone, pending their approval. It was going towards a process where riffing on location, experimenting, improvising and seeing what fit the way we wanted it done. So I found a riff and Zeuss record it and Casey [Grillo, drums] we would get on the electronic drums and put a drum beat on it, and file it and go to the next riff and so on. Then we would sit and listen and if everyone was vibrating to what we were doing that day, we would listen to all the parts and imagine where they would fit in a song structure and then we would put them together from there. Eventually we had about 22 song ideas, and we had to narrow that down to about 11 or 12 tracks.”
As for the lyrical themes addressed on “Digital Noise Alliance”, Michael said, “A lot of the songs are our take on the current unrest in the world, especially in the United States, and whatever music was dictated to us for the lyrics. Todd writes great lyrics, just like Eddie [Jackson, bass], and I also wrote some lyrics. I believe, as I said earlier, that this is a complete and comprehensive document QUEENSRŸCHE record that I think everyone is going to really enjoy.”
Last March, Tower Told FOX17 Rock & Revue on QUEENSRŸCHEfrom the upcoming LP: “Each song can have a little bit of a different attitude and we just wanted to use real amps and all the real vintage stuff that’s been used throughout the history of QUEENSRŸCHE.
“We made all the drums at one place in Clearwater [Florida] – a huge house with the most amazing ceiling for a drum room”, Tower continued. “So we did all the drums there. And then, really, at my place [in St. Petersburg, Florida]we are able to track all guitars, basses and vocals.
“In these days of thousand dollar a day studio rentals, we don’t really need it anymore. And our producer Zeusswho did the last two QUEENSRŸCHE albums – he does it all Rob Zombieit’s stuff; he is a very seasoned producer, [and] he does mixing and mastering, so it’s a one-stop shop — he’s from Massachusetts here. So he takes care of all these tasks. And things are going very well. We’re having a good time.”
last November, Tower said in Canada The voice of metal on the musical direction of the new QUEENSRŸCHE material: “It doesn’t look like ‘The verdict’. It’s its own new kind of thing. We really focused more on the melodic hooks. I don’t think we were like, ‘Oh, we gotta sound old school or new or that.'”
He continued, “You know what we did on this record… Every other time every guy would kind of submit his own song ideas and then we would work on them. But what we did on this record was, at go Eddie — Eddie has some really cool songs he wrote and then showed us when they were pretty much done. So what Michael somehow writes interesting chords – always staying in the keys and all. But we all walked into a room with our here [in Florida], and we literally started from scratch. As, ‘MichaelWhat do you have?’ [And he would] find a riff. And Casey sat on drums, or I sat on drums. We were all in one room and we just tried like old times. So this record was totally like that – pretty much everything minus a song or two. And even that has changed a bit.”
In October, Wilton confirmed that the returning guitarist Pierre-Mike would contribute guitar solos to the band’s next studio album.
Since the end of May 2021, Rock took on the duties of second guitar in QUEENSRŸCHEwho announced in July that the longtime guitarist Parker Lundgren left the group to focus on “other business ventures”.
Rock originally joined QUEENSRŸCHE for the 2003 album “Tribe” and stayed with the band for six years before leaving the band.
Since five years, Cricket filled in for QUEENSRŸCHEthe original drummer Scott Rockenfieldwho stepped away from the band’s touring activities in early 2017 to spend time with his young son.
In October, Rockenfield filed a lawsuit against the other original band members Wilton and jacksonalleging, among other things, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and wrongful discharge.
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