Queensrÿche - Queensrÿche

 


THE BAND:
Todd La Torre – vocals
Michael Wilton – lead and rhythm guitars
Parker Lundgren – lead and rhythm guitars
Eddie Jackson – bass, backing vocals
Scott Rockenfield – drums, percussion, orchestral arrangements
Other musicians:
Pamela Moore – vocals (on track 8)
Andrew Raiher – violin, additional orchestral arrangements

TRACK FRAGMENTS:
1.) "X2" - (Ambient street noise)
2.) "Where Dreams Go to Die" - After the second lead guitar riff Parker begins playing the same lead riff.  Underneath this lead riffs Scott is playing snare drum fills.  There are three snare drum fills connecting the intro with the musical verse.  The musical verse opened with a minor twin lead guitar solo.  Underneath Todd's vocal lines of the verse both Michael and Parker are playing strumming riffs.  These two riffs are just a little separate from one another and have different sounds to them.  For the musical chorus the band not only changed the rhythm arrangement they also speeded it up.  There is a twin lead guitar solo after the third chorus.  I could not make it out however Todd had a spoken vocal line over the top of the tail end of the solo.  After the solo there is an ambient noise section leading to the last chorus.  There are a couple lead guitar licks over the top of the solo.  The drum patterns Rockenfield plays on this track gave it a very syncopated feel.
3.) "Spore"  -This track opens with a rhythm guitar riff done with an effects pedal.  Underneath the rhythm guitar Scott is playing a sixteenth-note hi-hat pattern.  The hi-hat pattern was recorded in a way to where it was going back and forth between the speakers.  I really thought this was a great production idea!  As the intro progresses a second rhythm guitar kicks-in over the top of the first on.  This second rhythm guitar is different than the first.  There is a small rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  Scott changed his drum pattern for the musical verse.  There was a rhythm change for the musical pre-chorus.  The chorus was classic Queensryche!  For the musical arrangement connecting the musical chorus with the musical verse Scott switched to a tom-tom fill.  There was a small musical rest connecting this musical arrangement with the next verse.  There was a small drum fill connecting the second verse with the second chorus.  After the second chorus there was a small breakdown section. 
4.) "In This Light" - This intro consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements.  There was a sixteenth-note rhythm change for the musical verse.  Both guitarist switch to a picking arrangement for the musical verse.  There was a rhythm change for the musical chorus.  Scott plays a lot of percussion fills throughout the verses.  There was a lead guitar solo after the first chorus.  Todd as a huge vocal double-track on the second chorus.
5.) "Redemption" -         This track opens with four rhythm guitar riffs strung to together with musical rest.  For the last few notes of each riff Scott plays the same notes on his tom-toms.  Over the top of the drum line it sounded like Scott was playing some type of drum pattern on his drumsticks.  There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  Underneath the minor lead guitar solo Rockenfield plays one hell of a drum fill!!!  There is a rhythm change for the musical verse.  I loved the musical arrangement of the pre-chorus.  The musical chorus was classic Queensryche!  There was a minor solo connecting the musical first chorus with the second verse.  The major lead guitar solo was after the third verse.  After the solo there was a breakdown section that consisted of a lead vocal line. 
6.) "Vindication"  -        This was just a wild sounding song!!!!
7.) "Midnight Lullaby"  - (instrumental)     
8.) "A World Without" -This ballad was amazing!!!! 
9.) "Don't Look Back" - This track opens with a rhythm guitar arrangement over the top of a Scott Rockenfield playing snare drum fills.  There was a rhythm change for the musical verse.  Like several songs on the release the chorus has a classic Queensryche feel to it.  There was a major twin lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with a short breakdown section.  The coda consisted of a lyric line.
10. ) "Fallout" - This track consisted of two rhythm arrangements connected by a musical rest.  There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the main body of the intro.  The rhythm riffs of the verse were kept fairly simple.  The rhythm guitar riffs of the verse were kept very simple.  The chorus had an intense feel to it.  There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first verse with the first chorus.  There was another solo after the second chorus. 
11.) "Open Road" -This was an amazing ballad!!!!

       bonus tracks:
12.) "Queen Of The Reich" (live)
13.) "En Force" (live)
14.) "Prophecy" (live)



     I am not going to get into the semantics of what happened between original vocalist Geoff Tate and the other members of Queensrÿche.  You can get all those details online and draw your own conclusion.
     I do not know how many vocalists the band auditioned or if Todd was their first choice, however I will say they made the right decision.  He sounds enough like Geoff Tate to pull off the Tate years and has enough of his own sound to give the band a fresh feel.  Most of the songs on the CD have an early Queensryche progressive metal feel.  It is almost like a back to their roots type CD.   For me being a fan since their early days I was glad to hear the older musical sound.  Is it as a great CD as some of their other material?  Well no.  However lyrically many songs on this release are written better than many of the songs Geoff wrote.
     This was what I hope to be a beautiful start to a great relationship between Todd La Torre (formerly of Crimson Glory) and I already can't wait to hear the next one because these guys are on the right path.  If you a longtime fan of the band then you will fall in love with this release