Vindication, indeed…

Wow, it’s quite a red-letter day. On the same day the first-week sales of Geoff Tate’s solo album, Kings & Thieves, was reported — some 1,800 copies — out comes a teaser of what’s in store for Queensryche fans — samples of the new album, and they’re quite a treat!

I must say, I am pretty psyched, even if these are just rough demos. So much for the allegation that “Queensryche is Geoff Tate” and that Whip, Scott and Eddie can’t write, at least if these samples are any indication. I am loving that power metal influence that’s going on here. I heard it said once that the ideal would be a cross of sorts between The Warning, Operation: Mindcrime, and Empire. And I definitely hear that here, along with some nods to more progressive bands like Dream Theater.

I think just as encouraging, though, is the producer they snagged for the new album — none other than James Barton himself, who produced Promised Land and engineered and mixed Operation: Mindcrime and Empire, the band’s three most successful albumsBetween the production and the songs themselves, this album is going to be a monster, every bit as good as I thought and hoped it would be. It’s a damn good time to be a fan of this band.

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4 Responses to “Vindication, indeed…”

  1. drjim Says:

    I’ve heard some Queensryche lately on Sirius/XM.
    I knew nothing about them, and assumed from their name they’d be some headbanging speed-metal or death-metal group, which I don’t care for.
    I was surprised…the music was quite listenable for an old fart like me.

  2. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Yep, that’s how I discovered the majority of their work.

  3. That Guy Says:

    Oh, hell yeah. You just made my Thursday.

    That sounds really good.

    • southtexaspistolero Says:

      Yeah, it does. I wasn’t afraid that we would not see new music from the guys, but I was really champing at the bit to hear it. Can’t wait to hear the finished versions.

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