Red Queen Theory

Red Queen Theory

 Seattle, Washington, USA

Hailing from Seattle, Washington, Red Queen Theory is a new species of gothic metal/rock that sews together middle eastern, classical, and rock influences to create a soundscape that will take you into another world.


“A perfect blend of the macabre and beauty. A true gem for any serious music fan” – says one radio host of the music by Red Queen Theory. Founded in 2008 by bassist Dean Forsyth (Saviour Machine) and lead vocalist Liz Tseng, the song themes range from the epic to the mundane, but whether it’s singing about crusaders drinking in a bar, a space odyssey involving demons and cats, or just plain good old l’amour, the constant elements are always there: catchy melodies – often built on middle eastern tunes – expressed through evocative vocals, intense drums, and restlessly worming guitar riffs. The result is a sound that is instantly captivating, as evidenced by the band’s myspace page, which by now has more than 40,000 friends and over 100,000 song plays.

Even before their first stage appearance, the homemade demo songs have been played on various online radio stations, received an invitation to play at the most haunted castle in Ireland, and earned a one-hour podcast entirely attributed to the band, in which the show host describes the band as a “goth new wave”. It was also pointed out that the distinctness of the band was due to not only successful songwriting, but also solid musicianship. Lead vocalist Lis Tseng carries a distinct voice that blends the elegance of classical opera with the ferocity of modern rock. Classically-trained pianist Jenny Chung adds backing vocals and keyboard harmonies to enrich the soundscape. Guitarist Abel Ames (Idlemine, Valium Stallion), bassist David Ames (Chrome Molly, Disco Ballz), and drummer Simon Hilsman (Idlemin, Valium Stallion) are Seattle music scene veterans who know how to grow a blooming sound garden when given a tiny seed. The band plays live shows regularly in the Seattle/Tacoma area at venues such as Club Motor, Hell's Kitchen, and Fuel. The band's first song ("Rainy Day Eve") was featured on Project X, an Australian compilation album created to raise money and awareness for victims of personality disorders. RQT's self-titled EP, Red Queen Theory, was recently released for both physical and digital distribution.

“Red Queen Theory encompasses the best of what I’d call the new musical eclecticism because they successfully combine metal, gothic and alternative genres.”
-GL Giles, Author Vampire Vignettes

"Red Queen Theory create imaginative and beautiful songs, good examples of these being 'The Dream & The Tomb' and 'Of Ravens & Blood'. With fantasy themed lyrics, epic music (with a Egyptian/Middle Eastern tinge) and airy female vocals, the listener is whisked away to a different land - a great way to escape for a while!"
-Sarah, Soul Drift Music

"This is a band that never feels comfortable merely resting on the laurels of its concept"
-Rev. Adam McKinney, The Volcano

"Wicked vocals!! Great sound. This is a band that needs to be heard."
-Brian Lucey, Vegas Rocks Magazine

"Red Queen Theory had me at first listen; They soar in richly textured musicianship with complex arrangements, Classical beauty, and the modern stylings of rock. Red Queen Theory is THE rock band to watch for."
-Lee Caruthers, LC Entertainment

"I cannot define precisely how I was bedazzled with such an enchanting voice & powerful soothing music this band has. They combine ambient, folk goth, experimental and classic approach in their musical style. This kind of talent should not go unnoticed. I must say, I have become a great supporter of this band."
-FONDA, Anti-Christ Fanzine


Red Queen Theory (EP, Apr 2011)

Set List

Relilame Hir
The Dream & The Tomb
Rainy Day Eve
Drunk n Dazed
Blue Moon
Dance of the Dead