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-ofcompilations. 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)
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.