American Soldier (album)
|Studio album by|
|Released||March 31, 2009|
|Recorded||El Dorado Studios, Burbank, California,|
London Bridge Studios, Seattle, Washington,
The Office, North Andover, Massachusetts,
|Singles from American Soldier|
"If I Were King"
|Consequence of Sound|||
|Sea of Tranquility|||
American Soldier is the eleventh studio album by American progressive metal band Queensrÿche; it is a concept album released on March 31, 2009. The album debuted at No. 25 on the Billboard 200 chart. As its title suggests, American Soldier revolves around the lives and experiences of those who serve or have served in the United States armed forces.
Following the departure of Mike Stone, the album was the first to entirely be recorded by Queensrÿche as a quartet.
The lyrical contents to the songs on American Soldier tell the story of war from a firsthand perspective. The album was produced by Jason Slater, who also produced and co-wrote Queensrÿche's 2006 album Operation: Mindcrime II, and was engineered by Kelly Gray, who was Queensrÿche's guitarist and producer from 1998–2001. It was recorded in 2008 over the course of nine months.
The album includes a particularly personal duet between Geoff Tate and his daughter Emily. The song, entitled "Home Again," focuses on a father returning home to his family after having been gone an extended period. This theme reflects both the life of Tate as a touring musician and the life of one who serves in the military.
Tate spent a few years interviewing veterans from all conflicts America has been involved in from World War II to the Iraq War, including his own father and collecting their stories in order to help him write the album.
Speaking about the inspiration for the album, Tate said:
|“||Queensrÿche has always had incredible support from members of the Armed Services. It seems like after every show, I’d end up speaking with a fan that was or had been involved with the military. The more and more I began to hear their accounts and feelings, the more I really felt a conviction to tell their story. Over the last two years, I’ve conducted dozens of one-on-one interviews with veterans of many different American wars. I listened to their amazing and moving recounts and did my best to examine war through their eyes.||”|
|“||The very first thing... that was a conversation with my dad. My dad has been in the military; he has all this experience from all the places he served... Korea, Vietnam... We talked about his life in the army. You know, Susan, my wife, once told me “Why don’t you write a song about your father?” So, when we were started talking about life in the army... then I started to think about the soldiers 'cause we don’t know much about them. The way they feel about lots of things...||”|
An extensive U.S. spring tour began on April at Snoqualmie Casino in the band’s hometown of Seattle. The shows are presented in three suites, with the band performing sets from American Soldier, Rage for Order, and Empire.
|3.||"Hundred Mile Stare"||Kelly Gray, Tate||4:31|
|4.||"At 30,000 Ft"||5:11|
|5.||"A Dead Man's Words"||6:35|
|7.||"Middle of Hell"||Gray, Damon Johnson, Scott Rockenfield, Tate||5:28|
|8.||"If I Were King"||5:17|
|9.||"Man Down!"||Gray, Tate||4:57|
|11.||"Home Again"||Gray, Johnson, Rockenfield, Tate||4:41|
- Band members
- Geoff Tate - lead and backing vocals, horns
- Michael Wilton - lead and acoustic guitars
- Eddie Jackson - bass guitars
- Scott Rockenfield - drums
- Additional performers
- Emily Tate - vocals on track 11
- Jason Ames - vocals on tracks 1 & 8
- A.J. Fratto - vocals on track 1
- Vincent Solano - vocals on track 5
- Kelly Gray - rhythm guitar
- Damon Johnson - rhythm guitar
- Randy Gane - keyboards
- Jason Slater - producer
- Kelly Gray - producer, engineer, mixing
- Susan Tate, Kenny Nemes - executive producers
- Hugh Syme - art direction, design and illustrations
|2009||Billboard 200 (USA)||25|
|Oricon Japanese Albums Charts||39|
|German Albums Chart||65|
|Swiss Albums Chart||71|
|Dutch Albums Chart||100|
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