Queensrÿche – Queensrÿche (Review)

Queensrÿche – Queensrÿche (2013)

Following several poorly-received albums and the acrimonious ousting of frontman Geoff Tate, the rebooted Queensrÿche returned to the fan-pleasing style of their classic era with this eponymous 2013 album. The twin guitars, hefty bass, percussive drumming and the uncanny Tate-alike vocals of new member Todd La Torre all sound the part, bringing to mind albums like Rage For Order and Empire. But this is progressive metal in sound rather than form: straightforward verse/chorus songcraft with little of the state-of-the-art sophistication of old. No thought-provoking lyrics here either, unless “take a look around in the lost and found” strikes you as high-concept. But, as modern mainstream metal goes, it’s tight and focused with great hooks. The up-tempo Don’t Look Back and Fallout are especially potent and songs like A World Without and Open Road have plenty of heart. Queensrÿche played it too safe to count as a true return-to-form but it was good enough to return much needed credibility to the beleaguered band.

HMO Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5

Live bonus tracks appear again on the box set version of their latest album ‘The Verdict’

20 thoughts on “Queensrÿche – Queensrÿche (Review)”

    1. Yeah that goes for me too. I liked it at the time but couldn’t remember much about it years on. Think it was probably just a bit too rushed. Enjoyed going back to it more than I thought I would though. The second half is pretty strong.

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  1. Are you up for my new band Killer Queensryche – where we cover ‘ryche songs but in the style of Freddie & Co? I’ve got an awesome versions of ‘I Don’t Believe In a Crazy Little Thing Called Love’ and ‘(Bring Back, Bring Back, Bring Back That) Della brown’, all primed and ready to go.

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