How metal is San Antonio?

This metal. I pulled into work the other day and this guy pulled in beside me, playing Queensryche’s Empire cd, specifically the song “Resistance.” (At least I’m guessing he was listening to the cd instead of the radio, as I’ve never heard that song before on KZEP.)

And earlier this afternoon, we pulled up beside a completely different random stranger blasting Rage for Order, as I heard what sounded like the tail end of “The Whisper.” Pretty nifty. To think I once thought that band was a two-hit wonder that only made one album…

Oh, and Albatross, you know what else is really great? The acoustic remix of “I Dream in Infrared.” You might already know this, but that version of that song was originally released as a B-side on the “Silent Lucidity” single and included on the remastered & reissued version of Rage for Order in 2003. That version of Rage also included a remix of “Gonna Get Close To You” and really good live versions of “The Killing Words” and “Walk in the Shadows.” I’d say the cd was worth it just for those. I lucked out, because I got into Queensryche when the remastered versions of their older albums were the only ones available, which meant I didn’t have to hunt down those elusive B-sides & rarities; they were all included on those remasters, from the self-titled EP to Hear in the Now Frontier. (Not a big fan of what I’ve heard from that album or anything after, though; I have everything up to Promised Land, which I thought was fairly underrated even though you could tell that the band was starting to lose its mojo at that point…)

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5 Responses to “How metal is San Antonio?”

  1. Albatross Says:

    That’s a nice version of one of my favorite Queensrÿche songs, though I would say it’s just marginally “acoustic”. That guitar solo is pretty electric.

    It’s interesting that you say you “lucked out” in getting the remastered CDs because they include extra material. Generally remasters are good deals, but not always. Sometimes the newer versions are inferior to the originals, and in this post I talked about the horror Ozzy visited upon his earlier albums by re-releasing them:

    For example, Ozzy went totally George Lucas on all his fans and re-recorded his first two incredibly influential (and nearly perfect on their own) solo albums, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman, ending up with less-enjoyable versions after the effort. No kidding, the drum and bass tracks from the original albums were removed and replaced with recordings by other artists, and these re-releases are the only versions available if you try to buy them new. So, unless you actually own vinyl or CD versions of these albums from the 1980s or 90s, the only thing you can get these days are much weaker imitations. Even Bark at the Moon (which was only remixed, not re-recorded) sounds a lot crappier than it did when it first came out. I bought that one through iTunes, and I was sorely disappointed with what was downloaded to my computer.

    In that case, the lucky ones would be the people who had bought the original CDs and weren’t stuck with no other option besides the re-release.

    That having been said, it is nice that remasters usually include old b-sides and other material that is normally not available. I wish I could find some of the old vinyl singles I use to have back in the days when compact disks were novelties. They don’t usually sell those songs by themselves on Amazon or iTunes, and I sure as hell don’t have a turntable to play them on if I were to find used ones in some off-beat music store near some community college somewhere.

  2. southtexaspistolero Says:

    the drum and bass tracks from the original albums were removed and replaced with recordings by other artists, and these re-releases are the only versions available if you try to buy them new.

    Oh my. I know a lot of artists re-record songs they’ve recorded earlier in their careers, but I had never heard of anything like this done. Well, at least not until now. Were I a solo Ozzy fan I’d have been bitterly disappointed too. (It’s not that I don’t like his solo recordings; I just like his work with Black Sabbath better. Speaking of which, I was digging through some boxes the other day & happened upon my copy of Paranoid. That one’s going on the iTunes when I get the chance!)

    I’ve heard the Queensryche remasters were very well done, though, as in, “far superior, like hearing it the first time again.” At any rate, they still sound pretty good. I was a bit taken aback by them labeling the remix of “I Dream…” as acoustic, but that notwithstanding, it’s actually my favorite version of that song.

    Oh, and click here and buy this! You won’t be disappointed!

  3. That Guy Says:

    “Gonna Get Close to You” is the ultimate stalker song.

    And I totally agree that the Ryche was starting to lose it in “Promised Land”, and “Hear in the Now” was mostly experimental garbage. Luckily when I saw them in concert (in San Antonio, BTW) after ‘Hear in the Now”, it was mostly songs from Mindcrime, Empire, and Rage that they played.

    Thanks for the link to “Infrared.” never heard that version before. Adding that to the playlist.

  4. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Just for grins,That Guy, where in Texas are you? Still close to San Antonio? I wouldn’t at all mind adding another link to the “Bloggers I’ve Met” list one of these days…

  5. That Guy Says:

    Austin. Hometown is somewhere west on I-10 before you get to Junction.

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