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Screaming In Digital 166 (Queensryche Fanzine)
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Screaming in Digital - Editor's Note
Hi, everyone! As promised, I've gotten a little more caught up on
sending this out, now that I've adjusted to my new work schedule. I
had a great time putting this issue together, and moving the digest to
a different host machine. Please note the new addresses for everything
- and yes, that is an e-mail address for the fan club, now that you
mention it. More on that below. ;)
Contents - Contributors
Fan Club Contact?
Promised Land Reviews - Kevin
Tour Dates? - Will
Hard Rock Digest Poll Results - Michael
Media Coverage - Dave
Queensryche on Rockline - Kevin
Promised Land College Airplay - Nikolai
Sleeve Errors - Tom
Geoff's Voice - Timothy
Bridge - Kevin
License Plates - Kevin
License Plates - Stephen
License Plates - Nikolai
Someone Else? - Michael
Bootlegs & Imports - Matthew
Japanese Promised Land - Dave
Promised Land Pictures - Dan
Promised Land - Timothy
Lady Jane chant - Timothy
Lady Jane Whisper
Nikki's Comeback - Mark
Vampire Promised Land? - Jesselyn
License Plate? - Robert
Stuff to Trade - Dave
Promised Land Ale - Tom
Neue Regel - News & Reviews
Fan Club Contact? - (email@example.com)
I'm a member of the fan club, and like many others I've been without
so much as a newsletter for months. I'll write to them if necessary,
but can anyone tell me if anyone connected with the fan club has an
on-line account anywhere? This being the information age and all,
chances are good that there may be a way to reach the fan club without
having to wait for days. Also, I'm fairly new to the fan club, and I'm
wondering what kind of stuff do they send out during the band's tours
and new album releases? I received the postcards for Promised Land;
what neat little trinkets have come from them in the past?
Postcards seem to be standard fare. As for on-line access, Tina
- head of the fan club - recently contacted me, stating that
"many fans have asked if we are on the Internet," and I am
going to be working with her to make information from the fan
club available on-line. She doesn't have access yet, but we'll
be working on that too. -sh
Promised Land Reviews - Kevin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Here's what Request magazine thought of Promised Land: "Promised Land
(EMI), the first studio effort in four years from the popular
progressive hard-rock outfit Queensryche, takes a marked turn away
from the style of the band's 1990 hit album, Empire. While that effort
was proud, defiant, and compassionate, Promised Land is a darker
world, filled with songs about regret, alienation, and psychic and
emotional distress, veering from heavy rockers to haunting lullabies.
It's the group's most personal and experimental yet, and quite
possibly its least commercial."
Tour Dates? - Will (email@example.com)
Does anyone have any idea when the new tour dates will be released?
And if they have been released, where can they be found?
The first thing Tina asked me to do for the fan club on-line
was provide this list of tentative dates for Queensryche's 1995
European tour to everyone!
Feb 01, 1995 at the SFX in Dublin, Ireland.
Feb 02, 1995 at the Ulster Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Feb 04, 1995 in Scotland.
Feb 05, 1995 at the Apollo in Manchester, UK.
Feb 06, 1995 at the City Hall in Sheffield, UK.
Feb 08, 1995 at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, UK.
Feb 09, 1995 at the Newport Centre, UK.
Feb 10, 1995 at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK.
Feb 12, 1995 at the Hugenottenhalle in Neu-Isenburg, Germany.
Feb 13, 1995 at the Docks in Hamburg, Germany.
Feb 15, 1995 at the Alexander Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Feb 16, 1995 at the Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway.
Feb 17, 1995 at the Stockholm Cirkus in Stockholm, Sweden.
Feb 19, 1995 at Huxley's Neue Welt in Berlin, Germany.
Feb 20, 1995 at Terminal One in Munich, Germany.
Feb 21, 1995 at the Forum in Ludwigsburg, Germany.
Feb 23, 1995 at E-Werk in Cologne, Germany.
Feb 24, 1995 at the Capitol in Hannover, Germany.
Feb 26, 1995 at La Luna in Brussels, Belgium.
Feb 27, 1995 at Ahoy in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Mar 01, 1995 in Switzerland.
Mar 02, 1995 in Milan, Italy.
Mar 03, 1995 in Modena, Italy.
Mar 05, 1995 at the Zeleste in Barcelona, Spain.
Mar 06, 1995 at the Aqualung in Madrid, Spain.
Mar 08, 1995 in France.
Mar 09, 1995 at the Elysee Montmatre in Paris, France.
Mar 11, 1995 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK.
Mar 12, 1995 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK (Optional).
Some of the venues have not yet been decided, and the dates are
not definite, but the list should be accurate to within a few
Hard Rock Digest Poll Results - Michael (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The hard rock digest recently had a poll for their 100th issue, and I
found some of the results quite interesting and refreshing.
Queensryche were voted the best hard rock artists, and best hard rock
live act, and also the band "pushing the boundaries" of hard rock the
most. Geoff was voted best hard rock vocalist, and Scott placed fourth
in the voting for drummers. Rush, Dream Theater and Fates Warning were
also well-represented in the voting.
Media Coverage - Dave (email@example.com)
The January 1995 issues of Livewire and Hit Parader both have articles
on Queensryche. The Hit Parader article has a glaring mistake in it,
in which the author lists the title of Silent Lucidity as Without You
- I have no idea where he came up with that.
Queensryche on Rockline - Kevin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Does anyone know when Queensryche will be on Rockline?
As reported by Mike in the last issue - and now confirmed by
Tina - Queensryche will be on Rockline on November 28th. -sh
Speak - Comments & Questions
Promised Land College Airplay - Nikolai (email@example.com)
I work at the college radio station. When we got Promised Land a few
days before the release, my cohorts and myself sat down and listened
to it. All of us thought it was great right away. Ever since its
release to us, it hasn't dropped out of the top five. Milwaukee
stations are also playing quite a mix off the new one - everything
from I Am I to Bridge. Even Riki Rachtman gave the album lots of
thumbs up and raved about Bridge.
Sleeve Errors - Tom (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Did anyone notice that there were quite a few errors in the sleeve in
Promised Land? For example, there are an extra two lines Geoff sings
at the end of Lady Jane that aren't in the sleeve. There is a whole
verse printed in My Global Mind that isn't even touched, and the time
listed for Promised Land is 30 seconds longer than it actually is. Has
anyone else noticed this, or am I just being a bit picky? :)
Geoff's Voice - Timothy (email@example.com)
Someone else commented that Geoff's voice is not the same as what it
was. In particular, they mentioned Someone Else?, saying he was raspy.
Why should it be the same as what it was? He has aged, and with age,
our voices do not alway sound the same. His voice still sounds
Bridge - Kevin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I think that Bridge is one of their best ballads, and I also defend
the use of the line "you never built it dad" in the song. After all,
it is a song about Chris's relationship with his dad.
License Plates - Kevin (email@example.com)
I have a Queensryche license plate. I'm from Indiana and the license
plate says "QSRYCHE."
License Plates - Stephen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I have a Queensryche related license plates. It is a Virginia plate
and reads "NU REGEL."
License Plates - Nikolai (email@example.com)
After seeing the concert in Milwaukee, 5/11/91, I saw a personalized
one that said "RYCHE 1". There are many others that I've seen such as
"LD ZPLN" and "J JOPLIN." I've thought about doing the same for my
car, when and if I get one.
Someone Else? - Michael (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I think the crackling noise at the end of Someone Else? is Geoff's
voice. It sounds to me like he's really pushing himself a couple times
near the end of the song; the crackling you hear is coming from his
voice because it's being forced so much. You who are singers probably
know that this is not the healthiest thing in the world to do,
Spreading the Disease - Info & Resources
Bootlegs & Imports - Matthew (email@example.com)
I'm going to be in England for Christmas and am planning on searching
Tower Records in London for Queensryche bootlegs and imports. I'm more
likely to get extra copies of stuff if I know other people are
interested in buying them off me when I return to the States. I'm not
looking for a profit, just a possible trade for other hard-to-get
stuff. I would like to get my hands on a recording from the MTV
Unplugged or maybe the full band version of Someone Else?.
Being in Rochester, I'm fortunate enough to have the world's largest
music store, the House of Guitars, right down the way, so I may see
some interesting selections there in the future. If anyone has
anything interesting or is looking for anything interesting, please
Japanese Promised Land - Dave (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I got the Japanese Promised Land a couple of weeks ago. The extra
version of Someone Else? is really good. I'm not sure which version I
like better, as each is very different from the other. The extra
version also has different lyrics at parts, and is over 7 minutes
Promised Land Pictures - Dan (email@example.com)
I scanned the entire totem pole picture from the Promised Land CD.
There are two versions - the little square that you can see when it's
all folded up in the jewel case and the full picture.
To get these and my other Queensryche scans, FTP to las1.iastate.edu,
isum1.iastate.edu, or isum2.iastate.edu. Login as anonymous.vilkata
and use your e-mail address as the password. Set the file type to
binary cd to the Queensryche directory, and get whatever you want.
QR.desc is a textfile describing all the pictures; this is the only
text file in the directory. The new ones are called Promised_Land_big
and Promised_Land_small. They are both JPEGs.
Queensryche Unplugged - (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Queensryche's Unplugged set included I Will Remember, The Killing
Words, Della Brown, Silent Lucidity and The Lady Wore Black. It was
one of the best Unplugged shows to date, and I'd welcome a return
engagement. Maybe I should post the idea to eMpTyV on its America
Did any Screaming in Digital readers get to be at the Unplugged
taping? I want to know if they did anything else that wasn't shown on
Reportedly they also played Anybody Listening and Scarborough
The Whisper - Discussion
Promised Land - Timothy (email@example.com)
I am pleased with Promised Land, unlike some who feel that the album
is a step back for Queensryche. Some people say they were expecting
another concept album - and I heard rumors of another concept album -
but this is Queensryche, and they are a progressive metal band that
likes to change. As far as I'm concerned, I'm a true fan that loves
all of Queensryche's material, including Promised Land. To those fans
who were disappointed, what were you expecting?
The Killing Words - Interpretation
Lady Jane chant - Timothy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
At the beginning of Lady Jane, from what I can tell I believe they are
saying "Lady Janie hides away, says she'll play another day." I could
be wrong, but this what I feel they are saying.
Lady Jane Whisper - (email@example.com)
I've given the Lady Jane whisper a few dozen listens, and the only
thing I can come up with is "with me to..." The last word is two
syllables and starts with "to." Judging by their hairstyles lately,
maybe the voice is saying, "with my toupee?"
Nikki's Comeback - Mark (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It was mentioned in last week's digest that Geoff said Nikki was
trying to make a comeback. It reminded me of something that has been
rolling around in the back of my head. It seems that the person
singing Someone Else? could be Nikki. But, the singer does seem more
optimistic than I imagine Nikki would ever get a chance to be.
Vampire Promised Land? - Jesselyn (email@example.com)
It is pretty well established that we, not being the authors, will
never know the meaning of a song. Fine. We go on analyzing them
anyway, attempting to find that hidden meaning that we know must be
there. We can dig up points that might actually mean nothing
significant, and hold them as proof to support our theories.
I propose this: There are several songs in Promised Land that have
elements of vampirism in them. I am quite sure that this is not what
was meant when the songs were written. However, I just love analyzing
songs for vampiric aspects, so here you go - Promised Land through the
sight of Whitewolf's Vampire the Masquerade.
9:28 A.M. begins with only the sounds of a person having trouble
breathing, and the beeping of a heart monitor, which soon transforms
into the sound of a flatline. This signifies death. With the flatline,
there is more sound entering, giving a mystical feeling. These are
indistinct at first, which is a very eerie effect. Certain sounds
become more distince than others, but it is still a cacophony of
sounds and impressions, leading to the sound of the infant crying. The
infant symbolizes birth - or, perhaps, re-birth? The first few minutes
of the song is that of death, then a journey, then rebirth. Perhaps
this could be seen as birth in the vampire world, with the
introduction of the discipline of Heightened Senses?
In I Am I, "Beating with life you promised life" refers to who else,
but the newborn vampire's sire? "Lurking beneath my mask of this
year's featured model. Is this too much? Close your eyes. Care to look
inside? I Am I!" reflects the cry of the Nosferatu who hides
underground or behind his discipline mask of a thousand faces. The
whole song is an assertion of independence, of being. This can be seen
as a declaration of individualism from the vampire's sire, who can be
Damaged is devoted to the broken minds of the Malkavian, the insane
clan. All Malkavians are insane, in one way or another. "They say I'm
to reach inside and find the broken parts of my machinery." "Mother
Mary in control, domineering strangle hold, sowing destructive seeds
for the scavengers to feed. Driving the nail into my head, memory
flows like a river." A Malkavian might see this literally.
If Damaged was devoted to Malkavians, Out of Mindfar surpasses it.
Malkavians and Nosferatu are given the discipline obfuscate, which
allows them to be unseen by most people. "Arms waving madly at
something that sadly isn't there. What does she see? Maybe she's
looking at me." The chorus tells of the imprisonment of people who do
not perceive the world the way most of society perceives it. "Through
the doors come people like me. Goodbye to them... You've left them
here for me." Suspicious.
In Promised Land, the lines "Standing neck deep in life, my ring of
brass lay rusting on the floor. Is this all? Because it's not what I
expected." could be a vampire throwing off the shackles of mortality.
The chorus echoes the loss of a focus in life, or possibly the loss of
what was important in life. This sentiment is culminated in the lines,
"Almost called it today. Turned to face "The Void," numb with the
suffering and the question, 'Why am I...?'" This represents the loss
of humanity as the vampire starts to age. What had seemed important or
morally right, is now in the past.
The new vampire feels Disconnected from the mortal world. After a few
centuries of existence, the vampire loses touch with the mortal world.
It's much too dizzying trying to keep up after a while.
Lady Jane is rather suggestive of the moment of the vampiric embrace.
"The voice is very, very close," is a disembodied voice. "Lady Jane,
your eyes are wide today, and the world is looking very strange,"
indicates a new state of perception. "Yesterday seemed very dark, but
now it's bright, your clouds have gone away. Sensory perception
peaking at this time, electric waves of sound are filling Janie's mind
today." parallels the birth of heightened senses after the vampiric
embrace. And "Calling out to Janie as you drift away, don't be afraid,
they're only your illusions anyway." could indicate that humanity is
now an illusion for her.
One More Time can be a song about the rat race humans run due to what
society dictates, or it can be about the race vampires run, hounded by
their elders. Although the embrace changes many things, it doesn't
change to quest for power or the happiness or fulfillment that power,
money or status is supposed to bring. Vampire elders are more powerful
than their childer, and can use disciplines such as dominate or
presence to make their childer act or believe a certain way, even if
only for a short period of time. "Now I can't remember why I needed to
run, needed to try so hard."
Someone Else? can be the plea a rebellious young whelp puts before his
or her elder when caught doing something wrong. I messed up, that
wasn't really me. This of course followed by a silent, please don't
hurt me. Or, it can be the song of a vampire who has been undead for a
while, and lost sight of his or her former humanity. Humanity can be
regained, although it is very difficult. Some vampires strive for
Golconda, which can restore their humanity (mortality). This lament
can be for the acts and or deeds performed by the vampire in the past.
Then, the realization of these deed that come with the increase of
humanity would cause remorse. This culminates in the last line, "I
keep looking back at someone else... me?"
There, that is my mutilation of the lyrics of Promised Land. If anyone
wants to discuss this line of thought, feel free to e-mail me.
Anybody Listening? - Advertisements
License Plate? - Robert (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am looking for a Queensryche plate that I can put on the front of my
new Jeep. Does anyone have any information on where I can obtain one?
I would really like to get one with the tri-ryche symbol on it.
Stuff to Trade - Dave (email@example.com)
I still have extra Promised Land posters and flats for trade. I would
really like to find one of the Promised Land promo keychains.
Breaking the Silence - Miscellaneous
Promised Land Ale - Tom (firstname.lastname@example.org)
My good friend Marc Wheldon of Seattle brews beer at home, as do I. We
both love the stuff, and we've loved Queensryche ever since Rage for
Order came out. I always forward the latest digest to him. He was so
excited about the release of a new Queensryche album that he made a
holiday brew in their honor, "Promised Land Ale." I made a great
bottle label for him, which reads:
9.28 am (not too early for beer)
I Am Beer
Damn Good Beer
Out of Beer, Not!
Bridge Over Beer
Promised Land Ale
Disconnected; Need A Beer
Lady Jane Likes Beer
My Beer Mind
One More Beer
Someone Else's Beer?
Those who have off this week, enjoy your holiday, and to all, see you
again next week.
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