Queensryche
Queensryche


4.5
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Review

by PsychicChris USER (61 Reviews)
June 29th, 2013 | 11 replies


Release Date: 06/25/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Queensryche's first album with the new lineup is one amazing appetizer

Not to be confused with the 1983 EP, Queensryche’s twelfth full-length studio album finds the band in the most challenging predicament of their career. Too far removed in time from the classics and too far removed in quality from recent efforts, it is an album that simultaneously is way overdue and feels like the debut of a completely new band. Either way, former Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre and guitarist Parker Lundgren have secured themselves without a single outsider in sight.

As expected by a band that has spent the last year reaching for their prog metal past and generally making up for lost time, there are plenty of references to their classic works to be found on here. Just as lead single “Redemption” channels Operation: Mindcrime with its twin guitar introduction and rapid fire choruses, faster songs like “Don’t Look Back” and “Fallout” show off their long forgotten Iron Maiden influence and probably would’ve fit in on The Warning with more structural complexity. They even allow some 90s influence to slip by as “Open Road” plays out like an Empire ballad, “A World Without” and the interludes evoke Promised Land, and “In This Light” is a radio friendly number in the vein of Hear In The Now Frontier.

But the debut aspect does come into play, as there are some new elements to be found. This album just might be Queensryche’s most aggressive since the EP as the production offers a bright yet gritty tone, the drums bring in more power, the guitars offer active riffs and solos, and La Torre’s vocals are raspier than his clone status would have you believe. Influence from contemporary power metal is also abundant and can best be seen on the theatrical “Where Dreams Go To Die” and the uplifting contrasts on “Vindication.”

While the production’s loudness has been a point of contention, the album’s thirty-five minute run time is the ultimate cause for concern. On one hand, it allows the band to focus on more straightforward songwriting and results in an album largely devoid of filler. On the other, a few songs could’ve been a minute or two longer and the inclusion of an epic track would’ve been great. Ultimately, the length doesn’t affect the quality but rather makes it feel more like an amazing appetizer.

And with that, Queensryche’s first album with the new lineup isn’t the godly comeback we hoped for but it does provide excellent songs and hope for an even greater follow-up when all this legal mumbo jumbo has been resolved. It is overwhelmingly clear that this lineup has earned their claim to the Queensryche name; they understand what made it great and how to properly bring those elements into the modern age. Let’s just hope you know who has a backup plan now that this has blown up in his face…

Current Highlights:
“Where Dreams Go To Die”
“Redemption”
“Vindication”
“A World Without”
“Don’t Look Back”

Originally published at http://psychicshorts.blogspot.com



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Hoppoman
June 29th 2013


634 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Queensryche EP > Queensryche LP

ViperAces
June 29th 2013


12466 Comments


yep

NeroCorleone80
June 29th 2013


29309 Comments


The EP is better than anything after Empire

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 29th 2013


21047 Comments


^ Agreed. It's better than Empire too imo.

PsychicChris
June 29th 2013


217 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'd put the EP just below Promised Land and Mindcrime myself.

ksoflas
June 29th 2013


398 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

4.5??? Are you on drugs?

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 29th 2013


21047 Comments


I keep telling myself I need to give this another listen but I found this such a colossal disappointment (after all the 'return to form' hype) that I just can't bring myself to do so.

KILL
June 29th 2013


71965 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

best album ever dude

Digging: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 29th 2013


21047 Comments


I guess I'll give it another spin eventually.

sonictheplumber
June 29th 2013


4629 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

its pretty avg

ViperAces
June 29th 2013


12466 Comments


yea this rocks



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