Queensryche - Queensryche (CD Review)

02.Where Dreams Go To Die
04.In This Light
07.Midnight Lullaby
08.A World Without
09.Don't Look Back
11.Open Road

Todd La Torre (Vocals)
Michael Wilton (Guitar)
Eddie Jackson (Bass)
Scott Rockenfield (Drums/Orchestrations)
Parker Lundgren (Guitar)

“This gets said often by a lot of bands, but we believe we have recorded some of our finest music in years. The collaborative effort of everyone on this album is something we are extremely proud of. Working with James “Jimbo” Barton (Producer 'Operation: Mindcrime' and 'Empire') and the addition of Todd has revitalized the band in ways we never knew until we heard the final results. We know you have to wait a little longer but are excited for all of our fans to hear it. QUEENSRŸCHE wouldn’t be in this position if not for your unwavering support,” exclaims drummer Scott Rockenfield.

In 2012, the band welcomed a new vocalist for the first time since founding in 1981 back when guitarist Michael Wilton and drummer Scott Rockenfield were just high school buddies. Joining Wilton, Rockenfield, original bassist Eddie Jackson, and guitarist Parker Lundgren, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Todd LaTorre entered the fold and immediately galvanized the veteran group.While attending the annual NAMM Convention in Anaheim, Wilton serendipitously met LaTorre and exchanged email addresses. It might seem random or convenient, but nothing in the QUEENSRŸCHE universe is.
After they parted ways with singer Geoff Tate, Wilton reached out about the open spot, and LaTorre humbly obliged, accepting his invitation. Instantly, the musicians harnessed a raw vitality they hadn't felt in years.

'X2' is just an atmospheric intro thats goes straight into 'Where Dreams Go To Die' after a bit of a slow start the song builds a little but never quite explodes the way you expect it to, very melodic and sounding like an post 7 keys Helloween album.
Pretty much stays that way, melodic prog tinged hard rock and a few ballads.

Overall not a bad album, nt sure how Tate fans will take to the new vocalist but he does a great job and isnt trying to sound like the other guy.

Its not Mindcrime, but then they could never re-capture that genius and they dont have too anyway.

Rating 7/10

For Fans Of : Dream Theatre, Iron Maiden, Tesla, Helloween