I just got Geoff Tate's first solo album and it's really good.
It's a lot more mellow than the Ryche plays, but his vocal range really shines. In this age of mass-marketed pop acts, here's a rock vocalist that can really sing. His vocals will be much more stronger than any of the tracks' guitars or bass rythyms - but that's the way he always sounded best. Queensryche's guitars, especially Chris', were perfect compliments to Geoff's lyrics, no matter how hard they rocked.
This album isn't really hard rock, though a minority of the songs are.
If you liked Q2K, there's stuff on there that would remind you of "Liquid Sky," but more of it is similar to "Someone Else" from The Promised Land.
Sometimes I wish we had a music review section here, but I imagine this post will be very useful to a relatively few people here -however, if you've never heard Queensryche or Geoff Tate, check out the music if you'd like something new and really good.
He's still on Seattle's music scene's cutting edge - even if he's doing something old in a fresh new way.
If you really like the old style, I need to get the names of several bands from my comic book store owner agian. He listens to new artists, that bring out a fresh return to that gothic metal type scene that Queensryche played to in Rage For Order, and The Warning - like "Road to Madness," one of my all time most favorite songs.
Curious? The Warning is almost another concept album that tells a story sort of like Mad Max or The Terminator, and brings us into the downward spiral towards nuclear anihilation and the morning after - with almost a mix of the supernatural in it.
Most fans will rave about "Operation: Mindcrime" but it's so over-played still amongst my own CD's, that I'll let somebody else talk about it.
Meanwhile, Geoff's mellowed, but his vocal talent is as sharp as ever, and worth it if you like a really good singer. I like his softer stuff, but wish The Ryche would go back and cut a fresh take on an "Old School" Goth-Metal style. We seem to be headed towards the days that we'll need it.