Queensrÿche are a progressive rock band from Seattle. Their self-titled album is one that takes a classic sound, but also adds their years of experience and a modern perspective to it. The album is, on a whole, not easy to flaw; however, neither is it glowing with near perfection. Generally it’s an inoffensive, enjoyable listen.
This album has followed a line-up change, wherein Geoff Tate left and Todd La Torre took over on vocals. Understanably, this had some fans worried, especially as many had been disappointed with their most recent releases. However, they should be pleasantly surprised with ‘Queensrÿche’.
‘Redemption’ is a particularly stand out song, with influences from various different genres, with a slightly more melodic side to it, along with metal elements and time changes. Whilst ‘A World Without’ shows one of their more darker sides, with a much eerier feel to it.
It must be said, however, that at times, the album is ever so slightly a bit middle-of-the-road rock. Some songs, such as ‘Don’t Look Back’ are trying a bit too hard to have a punk message mixed in a metal casing, with the lyrics verging on cliché, such as, “The ignorance of youth, the pawns of corporate greed / The raping of our mother earth, no planting of a seed”, which comes across a bit preachy. It doesn’t help that this is one of the more repetitive songs without a slightly irritating chorus, and an odd whispery voice speaking some incomprehensible words towards the end.
One massive plus for the album is that it cannot be accused of sounding “same-y”. Every track is enjoyably different from the previous one, while they all still fit well together and the album has a solid flow. Definitely one of the better releases that Queensrÿche have put out in a while and one that’s certainly worth a chance for any existing fans and for anyone who likes a bit of gritty rock.
Written by Orla Conway