Well, this is cool:
The new self-titled album from the Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE sold around 13,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 25 via Century Media Records.
That’s quite an improvement over Dedicated to Chaos, the last album the band recorded with Geoff Tate; according to the figures I’ve seen, that one sold about 8,000 copies its first week, debuted at No. 70 on the Billboard 200, and ended up selling about 20,000 copies total. And if other figures I’ve seen are correct, the self-titled QR album sold more copies in its first week than Frequency Unknown (the album Tate made under the QR moniker) has sold in total since its April 23 release.
Not that any of those numbers matter when it comes to judging the artistic merit of the album, but what I find encouraging as a fan is that:
A. according to a recent interview with guitarist Michael Wilton, the self-titled QR album sold as many copies the first day as Century Media expected it to sell in the first week;
B. the pre-order deluxe packages offered for sale by Century Media sold out at least once; and
C. the album sold so well on Amazon, at least, that they sold out their entire stock in the first couple of days the album was officially for sale.
What’s so encouraging about this? Quite simply, the new Queensryche album has thus far turned out to be a raging success from Century Media’s perspective, which virtually guarantees another album.
Yeah, I know. “What about this one? You talked about the sales figures and whatnot; is this album actually any good?”
A more in-depth answer here, but…Yeah. Yeah, it damn sure is. The best the guys have done since Empire, if not Operation: Mindcrime, and I say that as someone who actually liked and appreciated Promised Land. The guys are working as an actual band again, paying homage to their roots while looking forward to the present, and the results are just phenomenal. The trademark guitar harmonies & solos, soaring vocals, intelligent, thought-provoking lyrics…they’re all there as they haven’t been since the days of old. If you’re a fan of the band who jumped off the train after it jumped the track in the mid-1990s, I cannot recommend this album highly enough.