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Screaming In Digital 172 (Queensryche Fanzine)
SCREAMING IN DIGITAL
The On-Line Queensryche Digest : Volume 172 - 02Jan95
"Futuristic 'Rychean discussion." - Michael Wilton
"Quite entertaining to read." - Chris DeGarmo
Produced in cooperation with the Queensryche Campaign fan club.
Hosted by Internet Online Services, a division of IDT.
Edited by Dan "Shag" Birchall
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Screaming in Digital - Editor's Note
Welcome to 1995, everyone. I hope you all had a happy New Year's
Songs Getting Airplay - Bryan
Bridge Video - Jason
Bridge Video - Diana
Much Music Interview - Bryan
Interview with the Vampire - Paul
Operation: Mindcrime Comic - John-Arthur
Vampires? Stop it Already - Greg
Geoff a Smoker? - Blades
Bridge B-Side? - Greg
Promised Land Views - Blades
Promised Land Theme
I Am I and Damaged Joined - Bryan
Mindcrime Soundbites - John-Arthur
Rice's Influence on Rage - Scott
Neue Regel - News & Reviews
Songs Getting Airplay - Bryan (email@example.com)
It's tough to say exactly what singles have been released from the
album. So far I've heard the following songs on local radio stations:
I am I, Damaged, Out of Mind, Bridge, Promised Land, and My Global
Mind or One More Time - I can't remember which. We know I am I is a
single, and Bridge is starting to get lots of airplay, but it's
interesting how many songs have made it to the airwaves so far. All in
all though, this album seems to have gained no new fans. The usual
reaction is still, "Queenswhat?" Not a household name yet.
Bridge Video - Jason (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Bridge single is out, and the video is being played fairly fairly
regularly by eMpTyV. MTV is slightly inept - when I saw it, the VJ
referred to Chris as lead singer - but they played the whole video
from pre credit roll to post with no cutoffs.
The video is directed by our good friend Matt Mahurin, and overall
does what he usually does with Queensryche videos - translates the
same message from the audio to the video. The video is nearly as
emotional for me as the song, but there's one real problem with it. At
numerous spots in the video, there's a shot of a man with a black mask
over his face. Attached to the mask are three cords, 2 leading to the
eyes and one to the mouth. We see this figure especially during the
guitar solo, as the cords leading to the mask are shaking violently.
Now, unlike the rest of the video, I have no idea what this is
supposed to stand for! If someone can help clue me in that'd be great
- it seems to break the entire mood generated by the video as it's
thrown in every 20 seconds. Is it supposed to mean that the kid can't
talk? Why shake the cords? A small stumble from otherwise a very
finely done video.
Bridge Video - Diana (email@example.com)
The new video for Bridge is being played on MTV. It's another Matt
Mahurin blurry celluloid wank-off, and the band isn't in it. Perhaps
they feel they're making a statement of some sorts, or they're too
busy, or whatever. Or perhaps they need to get over themselves. If
they're so bloody miserable being rock stars - with all the benefits,
airplanes, yachts, Jaguars - and it's destroying their personal lives,
my friend manages a bar that can use a couple of busboys.
Much Music Interview - Bryan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I was doing some channel surfing the other day and landed upon Much
Music (Canada's answer to MTV). I stopped flipping since I could see
it was an interview with Chris. Actually, their whole "Power Hour"
show - metal videos, et cetera - was centered around an interview in
Toronto with Chris and Geoff. I've really started to notice a trend
about this pair. It seems like Chris is always the one doing the
talking. You would expect the frontman to be the talker, but Geoff is
really quiet. He generally sits back and lets Chris ramble on. Chris
has a lot to say about what Queensryche is trying to do with their
music and what they're trying to say. He makes a lot of comments about
the current state of society. Geoff said very little, and when he did
say something, his remarks were usually negative ones about the music
industry. He loathes the commercial side to making music, like the way
albums and musicians are reduced to being nothing but products to the
record companies. It was a great interview though. I only caught the
last 10 minutes of it, but it was nice to have my feeling renewed that
Queensryche is a band with brains. They showed the new video at the
end of the show and I really don't think it's quite as bad as everyone
says. The first and last 15 seconds are great but everything in
between is far too plain.
Speak - Comments & Questions
Interview with the Vampire - Paul (email@example.com)
I finally saw Interview with the Vampire yesterday. Did anyone else
see it and think at the end, "Gee, Queensryche should have had the
chance to do a song for the soundtrack, not Guns 'N Roses?" Back when
the film was in pre-production there was talk of Queensryche being
involved with it in some way - it's disappointing that something
couldn't be arranged.
Operation: Mindcrime Comic - John-Arthur (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I think an Operation: Mindcrime comic book could be the coolest thing
in the entire universe if it was done well. Make it dark and gritty
like Aliens and Star Wars. Basically, make it an airbrushed Dark Horse
comic. If this were done well, I would sell my computer to get it.
Next to its original format and the live show, a well-done comic
format would probably be the best way to get the story across.
Of course, I think that the album itself couldn't be topped for
expressing the feelings, I think that a comic book would be very good
as well. It could be abstract in parts where Nikki isn't sure what
happened, and just imagine the scene where Nikki tells Dr. X that he
Vampires? Stop it Already - Greg (email@example.com)
Vampires? Where? Look, folks. I know it's the "in" thing to analyze
and discuss lyrics, but finding topics where they aren't gets a bit
nauseating to read after a while. Most of Rage for Order does not
contain vampiric overtones, no matter how closely you listen or
examine the words, so please, cut it out. It's like saying Take Hold
of the Flame is about arson, or I Will Remember is about Christmas -
the 'star' reference.
Rage is a very loosely-packaged concept album that I, after listening
to it for several years, am just beginning to appreciate. Back in my
teen metal days when it came out, I sold it back after listening to it
a few times. I thought it was techno-crap. Now it's one of my
favorites. Why didn't it sell? I think it's because they released
Gonna Get Close to You as the first single. It was way left of
mainstream at the time - there was no "alternative" then - and bombed
so badly, there wasn't even a second single released. If that album
came out now, it would sell better than it did in the 80's.
Geoff a Smoker? - Blades (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I also don't know where some people get the idea that Geoff smokes.
I've read interviews where he talks about the environment, and he is
very into that kind of thing. He believes that being a vegetarian is a
healthier way to live. If he is interested in living healthy, why
would he smoke? If he smoked, you would be able to tell more in his
voice. I have seen him in concert 6 times, and he was never smoking.
He wouldn't be able to sing night after night like he does if he was a
heavy smoker. It just doesn't fit.
Spreading the Disease - Info & Resources
Bridge B-Side? - Greg (email@example.com)
Does anybody know what's on the B-side of the Bridge single? I can't
get singles here.
Promised Land Views - Blades (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Promised Land is the second-best Queensryche album that has ever been,
behind Operation: Mindcrime. I don't understand why people are
slagging it so badly - even a good friend of mine said after hearing
this album that he expected Chris to put a banjo in the next one. All
the people who were criticizing Queensryche for "selling out" with
Empire are now criticizing them for being too non-commercial. People,
make up your minds. Let each album stand on its own. Queensryche
evolves, and their music reflects that. Change is supposed to be good.
I think Disconnected is one of the best songs on the new album,
because it is so different from anything they have done before. If you
like bands that never change, listen to bands like Pink Floyd -
they've been stale for decades.
As for me, I'll stick to being on the edge, and if that means cool
vocal effects, sound effects, and samples of sounds in music, then so
be it. I Am I has the best vocal effects I have ever heard, as an
audio engineer. I'd also encourage everyone to get the Japanese import
- the full band version of Someone Else? shreds.
The Killing Words - Interpretation
Promised Land Theme - (email@example.com)
Someone mentioned rumors about Promised Land being something of a
continuation of the Operation: Mindcrime storyline. I must admit that
this struck me the other day, when reading the lyrics for Damaged. In
particular, the lines: "The one that lays beside me is sharing scars
of my broken yesterdays" and "Mother Mary in control." Mary is, of
course, a name we know well :} and I could certainly suggest one major
character in Mindcrime who can claim to have a damaged mind.
Similarly, the title track can also be seen this way, insofar as it is
about someone regretting some past choices made. It's perhaps
reflection of the quality of the writing that, even if we can find
these continuations, the songs stand on their own as well.
I Am I and Damaged Joined - Bryan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I had a thought the other day. It seems like Damaged is a cadence to I
Am I. When I listen to I Am I, it doesn't feel complete until I've
heard Damaged. Obviously I'm not the only one who feels this way,
since Z-Rock always plays them back to back. It is not at all that
station's style to play two songs in a row by the same band, so there
must be a reason for it.
Mindcrime Soundbites - John-Arthur (email@example.com)
Has anyone ever tryed to figure out what the chanting in Suite Sister
Mary is saying? I know it's Latin, but I've never heard what the
words were, and the translations. I'd also like to know from whence
came the quotes: "Doctor Blair, Doctor Blair, Doctor Jay Hamilton,
Doctor Jay Hamilton" and "Doctor Davis, telephone please, Doctor
Davis, telephone please." These sound bites seem to show up whenever
there is a hospital scene anywhere, especially on television cold
remedy commercials. I am reminded of I Remember Now whenever I hear
them. When ever I am reminded, I have to listen to the whole album
again. When ever I listen to the whole album, I have to listen to all
the albums again. *sigh* It's fun, but it's a bloody waste of time. :)
The "Doctor" soundbites are off an industry-standard
sound-effects disc. As for Suite Sister Mary, it's reportedly a
chant known as the Dies Irae or "Wrath of God." Check the
back-issues for many mentions of both topics. -sh
Rice's Influence on Rage - Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org)
About three years ago, Chris was interviewed in either Hit Parader or
Circus, and was asked about the inspiration for the different albums.
He said that Rage for Order was influenced by Anne Rice's books, as
they were all reading her Vampire Chronicles at the time they wrote
the album. Rice's works include many of the same themes found in Rage.
I've also found that listening to Rage while reading Rice's books
helps to enhance both.
It's really not surprising that Rage and Rice's works are so
compatible - Rage has been described as a study in order, or
orders, and Rice's works could also be described as such, at
least in a social sense. Just a thought. -sh
That's all for now - see you all again next week, and don't forget to
write. But let's try to find something to talk about other than
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