Hear in the Now Frontier

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Hear in the Now Frontier
Queensryche - Hear in the Now Frontier cover.jpg
Studio album by Queensrÿche
Released March 25, 1997
Recorded 1996
Studio Sixteenth Avenue Sound, Nashville, Tennessee,
Studio Litho, Seattle, Washington
Genre Heavy metal, grunge, alternative rock
Length 57:15
Label EMI
Producer Peter Collins
Queensrÿche chronology
Promised Land
(1994)
Hear in the
Now Frontier

(1997)
Q2K
(1999)
Singles from Hear in the Now Frontier
  1. "Sign of the Times"
    Released: 1997
  2. "You"
    Released: 1997
  3. "sp00L"
    Released: 1997 (promo only)
Music sample
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 2/4 stars[2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 8/10[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]

Hear in the Now Frontier is the sixth studio album by the American heavy metal band Queensrÿche, released in 1997. It was partly recorded at Studio Litho in Seattle, the home studio of Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard, and was engineered and mixed by Toby Wright, who had recently worked with Alice In Chains.

The album debuted at No. 19 but quickly vanished from the charts. Hear in the Now Frontier features a more basic, stripped down musical style than anything the band had released to date, and some fans and critics pointed to the grunge genre - rooted in Seattle, near where Queensrÿche formed - as being a major influence. Despite the reaction, the singles "Sign of the Times" and "You" received substantial airplay. Both tracks, as well as "Some People Fly," would later be featured on best-of compilations. Sign of the Times: The Best of Queensrÿche, a 2007 compilation, also takes its name from the song. The song "All I Want" features guitarist Chris DeGarmo singing lead vocals, marking the only time that another band member besides the incumbent lead singer sings lead vocals on a studio track. After the album's release, original guitarist Chris DeGarmo left the band.

The album was re-released on June 10, 2003 in a remastered edition with bonus tracks. In the U.S. the album sold about 330,000 copies to date (2006)[citation needed]

Tour[edit]

During Queensrÿche's tour in support of Hear in the Now Frontier, their longtime label EMI America Records went bankrupt. Queensrÿche was forced to use their own money to finance the remainder of the tour, during which founding member Chris DeGarmo announced he was leaving the band. DeGarmo would return to play and co-write five songs for Tribe in 2003, but did not officially rejoin.

The band played only half the album on its 1997 tour with 5 songs still unplayed to date including: "Cuckoo's Nest", "Hero", "Miles Away", "All I Want" and "sp00L". However, "sp00L" and "Hero" have been played by Geoff Tate's band during the 2002 tour supporting his own solo album.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sign of the Times" Chris DeGarmo 3:33
2. "Cuckoo's Nest" DeGarmo 3:59
3. "Get a Life" DeGarmo, Geoff Tate 3:39
4. "The Voice Inside" DeGarmo 3:48
5. "Some People Fly" DeGarmo, Tate 5:17
6. "Saved" DeGarmo, Tate 4:09
7. "You" DeGarmo, Tate 3:54
8. "Hero" DeGarmo 5:25
9. "Miles Away" DeGarmo 4:32
10. "Reach" Tate, Michael Wilton 3:30
11. "All I Want" DeGarmo 4:06
12. "Hit the Black" DeGarmo, Eddie Jackson 3:36
13. "Anytime / Anywhere" DeGarmo, Jackson, Tate 2:54
14. "sp00L" DeGarmo, Tate 4:53

Personnel[edit]

Queensrÿche
Additional musicians
Production

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hill, Gary. "Hear in the Now Frontier - Queensrÿche". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ Golemis, Dean (April 4, 1997). "Queensryche Here in the Now Frontier (EMI)". articles.chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (August 1, 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 356. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9. 
  4. ^ Eddy, Chuck (March 28, 1997). "Hear in the Now Frontier Review". EW.com. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 23, 2011. 
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  11. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 65, No. 5, April 07 1997". Library and Archives Canada. April 7, 1997. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Queensryche Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 13, 2017. 
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  15. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 65, No. 19, July 14, 1997". Library and Archives Canada. July 14, 1987. Retrieved February 18, 2013.