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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 19 reviews

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Goodbye to the Vest!

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    Depending on who you are in the metal world, there are those who have dissenting opinions on when this band actually started to suck. There are those who think that "Operation Mindcrime" is the most overrated album of the 80's. Then you have those fans who were "Silent Lucidity(ied) to death in 1991 and were lukewarm to "Empire" and its obvious attempt to reach a larger audience. You also have the hit or miss of "Promised Land" (1994) or you have those who are huge Chris DeGarmo fans that say the band died after his departure post "Hear in the Now Frontier" (1997). Whatever your thoughts are regarding Queensrÿche, I think one can say that their self titled album from 2013, is the best album in their catalog in a very very long time. I had for all intents and purposes given up on this band by the late 90's. Having said that, I would always give their new albums a listen with each new release. To say that each new release was a huge disappointment, would be an understatement! I understand musical growth and how bands don't want to be pigeonholed, but Queensrÿche was a band that was a classic example of a musical direction gone terrifyingly wrong. Enter Todd La Torre (2012) formerly of Crimson Glory, after a very acrimonious split with Geoff Tate. Just like the band's musical direction, there will be dissenting opinions regarding the firing of Geoff Tate. I'm in the Todd La Torre camp, who I knew nothing about prior to his hiring and that is for two reasons. First, the band was a shell of its former self and second, I think Tate is a narcissist. Enough of that though... Though this album isn't on par with the E.P, "The Warning", "Rage For Order" or "Operation Mindcrime", I think one could say it ranks up along that of "Empire". La Torre, like Mark Tornillo of Accept has something within his vocal repertoire, which reminds you of the former lead singer or in this instance Geoff Tate. Some people call this being an impersonator, but I simply define it as someone who is talented. Let's face it, Geoff has lost some range, whereas Todd hasn't. I think the whole album is strong for the most part. My favorite tunes are "Fallout", "In This Light" and "Don't Look Back". As good as this album is, it's a precursor to the greatness which is "Condition Human".

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    There's a Revolution Calling

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    Back in the day, Queensryche was a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. They owned the airwaves with inventive music that also managed to be heavy and melodic. They packed huge arenas with thousands of screaming fans longing to hear those guitar harmonies and the grand display of vocals fronted by then lead singer Geoff Tate. After a few great albums the band's place in the pantheon of great bands seemed to be all but secured in place. But then, something changed, and rather drastically at that. One, the guitar virtuoso and lead slinger Chris DeGarmo left the band. After suffering this blow, the band seemed to spiral down into relative obscurity with release after release of sub-par or on some accounts just completely dreadful releases. Gone were the guitar harmonies, the soaring vocals, and pretty much anything else that caused the band to gain all the fans in the first place. It was all replaced by the ego of one Man, the frontman, Geoff Tate. And as I stated before, it did not go well. Fast forward to now. The band has recently and unceremoniously kicked Geoff out of the band and replaced him with a new vocalist, Todd La Torre. And before you call this Journey without Steve Perry or Van Halen without David Lee Roth and just write it off, I suggest you head over to your favorite online media source and just listen to this new material. Back are the soaring guitar duos, with Parker Lungren the new guitarist deftly handling his part. Back also is the soaring vocals, with Todd La Torre hitting notes that even the legendary Geoff Tate couldn't reach. Now don't get me wrong here, this CD isn't perfect, but it is near perfect. If you ever wondered what Queensryche would really sound like if they blended their past success with a little bit more modern sound overall, this CD is for you. Pick it up today and you can say you were there to witness the rebirth of Queensryche!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The Queensryche we all fell in love with is back!

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    For those of you like me who loved Queensryche back in their heyday and have been longing to hear them sound like that once more your wait is over. With this self-titled cd the old Queensryche has returned! Scott tears it up on the drums, Eddie puts down some great bass lines, Whip and Parker bring back the guitar sounds not heard since the days of Empire and prior and Todd on vocals, well his voice brings back the old sound that makes you believe you are listening to Queensryche circa 1989. From the first to the last track this one delivers and stands right there with the likes of Operation: Mindcrime, Empire and all their classic stuff. If you loved them back in the day, with one listen to this new cd you will fall in love with them once again. On a scale of 10 I would give this an 11!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    What's old is new

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    The material is classic Queensryche. The sound is reminiscent of their first 2 albums. The new singer sounds exactly like Geoff Tate - EXACTLY! and that's both good and bad. It gets you in the vibe of classic Queensryche but at times you feel like it's a tribute band doing songs that were never released. The cover tunes that are included sound great.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great album from a great band

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    I am impressed with this release. It really sounds like Queensryche and when compared to the other release, it is the real band. I have liked this band from the beginning and this album stacks up nicely to the others.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Geoff is not missed!!

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    Without Geoff Tate, Queensryche dropped the eccentrics and produced an Op Mind Crime feeling album. Great guitar tone. The new vocalist is eerily similar in tone, sustain, and register as Tate, minus the metrosexual flair. Tracks 1-10 (short) is very easy to listen to in succession, all the way through.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    great new start

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    Was nervous replacing such an iconic voice as Geoff Tate but the band did a great job. Not only did the voice still fit but the music was as rockin as they've done since Warning. I strongly recommend this next venture in the Queensryche catalog.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Still strong after all these years

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    Great package with cool extras. The band is still strong and tight with a new powerful voice. Queensryche is still a force in the progressive rock arena.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great box set!

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    Great new music. I enjoyed all these songs. Much better than Tates new cd. I'll be listening to the real Queensryche.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    What a singer!

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    I´m a heavy metal collector and I have more than 2 thousand cds. This is going to be a plus on my collection!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as older stuff, , but...

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    New singer is good. I think they are on right path and I bet their sophomore album might be better

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Cd for son

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    My son wanted this and loves it so if he's happy so am i

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice!

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    Todd LaTorre did wonders with the guys! Great album all around

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great cd

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    This is a must have for any queensryche fan it's really good

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    queensryche

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    need tate to add more muscle to vocals and increase the tone of this cd

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    ok music

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    Decent album from the ryches true voice. I would recommend it to any fan of the original band. However, don't expect the quality of the original band. You can never go wrong with the original. Oh well we aren't going to get that so we will have to take what we can get.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent album

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    The album is a basic rock album. The new singer is close to Geoff Tate. It just doesn't hook you like the Queensryche of the 90's

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    ONE OF THE BEST OF THE YEAR!

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    ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT COMEBACK RELEASE FOR QR! THE GUY W/ THE 3-STAR REVIEW OBVIOUSLY DOESN'T GET IT. IF YOU LIKED THEM THROUGH THE FIRST FEW ALBUMS, YOU'LL LOVE THIS. THIS IS THE QR YOU KNOW & LOVE! GEOFF TATE WISHES HE COULD MAKE A RECORD THIS GOOD!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Queensryche is BAAAACK!!

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    Excellent CD. The Ryche is back. Was about to give up on them after Chaos, getting tired of Geoff Tate's act. But this CD takes me back to the early days. Todd has great range on vocals.

    I would recommend this to a friend