Review by Tosh Davies
When one of your favorite bands essentially splinters into two entities of the same name it can certainly make things confusing. One feels like a whole new relationship whilst the other feels like the dirty mistress with a love for glass coffee tables.
The Todd LaTorre-fronted version – or ‘Toddrÿche’ as it’s become to be known – has produced something very special, a return to form. For far too long we’ve had to put up with debatable releases from the band that produced the album of the century, Operation Mindcrime (In my opinion). Queensrÿche has put them back on the map in glorious style, the fact that LaTorre sounds uncannily like his predecessor probably helps with this transition. This is Queensrÿche doing what they do best: rocking out. Plenty of guitar heroics, melodies and some cohesion in the songs help form an album to be proud of. ‘Where Dreams Go To Die’ gives you a sense of which direction the band are taking you in, ‘Spore’ continues with no let up throughout the album. The interchanging guitar solos, solid rhythm section, and the soaring vocals of Todd LaTorre kicks all pretenders firmly in the man bits. This is the album that should have been recorded ten years ago; it will reignite the fans interest that has been left to feel shortchanged for far too long. With the reigns no longer under the control of a dictatorship the real Queensrÿche have been let out of the blocks with stunning results.
A court judgment pending as to who has the rights to the name Queensrÿche will be resolved later this year. My answer is simple: Queensrÿche is more than just one man; Queensrÿche is a collective of people who have been a nucleus for many years and worked hard to regain the sound of past years and glories. This album is a massive step in that direction and therefore there is no question in my mind where the name should remain. Queensrÿche is what I and many fans have been waiting for. Queensrÿche are back, stronger than ever and this album goes a long way to prove that point.
And you can read Tosh’s review of Tate’s Queensrÿche here
8.5 out of 10
- Wulfrun Hall – Wolverhampton Sunday, October 13
- Rock City – Nottingham Thursday, October 17
- Where Dreams Go To Die
- In This Light
- Midnight Lullaby
- A World Without
- Don’t Look Back
- Open Road