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American Soldier is a concept album from Seattlemarker-based progressive metal band Queensrÿche, released on March 31, 2009. The album debuted at #25 on the Billboard 200. 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.

Overview

American Soldier is the band's 10th full-length studio album with original material and the songs lyrical content tells the story of war from a firsthand perspective. Jason Slater, the producer and songwriter of Queensrÿche's 2006 album Operation: Mindcrime II, produced American Soldier, and Kelly Gray (Queensrÿche guitarist and producer from 1998-2001) engineered. Singer Geoff Tate, guitarist Michael Wilton, bassist Ed Jackson, and drummer Scott Rockenfield recorded American Soldier in 2008 over the course of nine months.

The album includes a particularly personal duet between Geoff Tate and his 10-year old 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:

Touring

An extensive US spring tour began on April at Snoqualmie Casino in the band’s hometown of Seattle, and international performances are expected to be scheduled for late 2009. The shows are presented in three suites, with the band performing sets from American Soldier, Rage for Order, and Empire.

During the American Soldier tour in the fall of 2009, they featured a 3-song set with Lita Ford performing "Crave", "Patriotic SOB" and "Close Your Eyes Forever".

Track listing

  1. "Sliver" (Jason Slater/Geoff Tate) (3:09)
  2. "Unafraid" (Jason Slater/Geoff Tate) (4:47)
  3. "Hundred Mile Stare" (Kelly Gray/Geoff Tate) (4:31)
  4. "At 30,000 Ft" (Jason Slater/Geoff Tate) (5:11)
  5. "A Dead Man's Words" (Jason Slater/Geoff Tate) (6:35)
  6. "The Killer" (Jason Slater/Geoff Tate) (5:26)
  7. "Middle of Hell" (Kelly Gray/Damon Johnson/Scott Rockenfield/Geoff Tate) (5:28)
  8. "If I Were King" (Jason Slater/Geoff Tate) (5:17)
  9. "Man Down!" (Kelly Gray/Geoff Tate) (4:57)
  10. "Remember Me" (Jason Slater/Geoff Tate) (5:00)
  11. "Home Again" (Kelly Gray/Damon Johnson/Scott Rockenfield/Geoff Tate) (4:41)
  12. "The Voice" (Jason Slater/Geoff Tate) (5:29)


Line-up



Additional performers

  • Emily Tate - Vocals (track 11)
  • Jason Ames - Vocals (1 & 8)
  • A.J. Fratto - Vocals (1)
  • Vincent Solano - Vocals (5)
  • Kelly Gray - Additional guitars
  • Damon Johnson - Additional guitars
  • Randy Gane - Keyboards


Production

  • Jason Slater - Producer
  • Kelly Gray - Engineer


References

  1. Top Music Charts - American Soldier
  2. Queensryche Salutes Troops w/ American Soldier Queensryche.com (March 8, 2009). Retrieved on 6-21-09.
  3. http://www.queensryche.com/tour/ Retrieved on 4/2/09



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