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Heavy Metal Queensrych


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Mar 27, 2018

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Allmusic said:
Although they were initially grouped with the legions of pop-metal bands that dominated the American heavy metal scene of the '80s, Queensrÿche were one of the most distinctive bands of the era. Where their contemporaries built on the legacy of Van Halen, Aerosmith, and Kiss, Queensrÿche constructed a progressive form of heavy metal that drew equally from the guitar pyrotechnics of post-Van Halen metal and '70s art rock, most notably Pink Floyd and Queen. After releasing a handful of ignored albums, the band began to break into the mainstream with the acclaimed 1988 album Operation: Mindcrime. Its follow-up, Empire, was the group's biggest success, selling over two million copies due to the hit single "Silent Lucidity." Queensrÿche never sustained that widespread popularity -- like most late-'80s metal bands, their audience disappeared after the emergence of grunge. Nevertheless, they retained a large cult following well into the ensuing decades.
In 2012, Geoff Tate was fired from Queensryche. This led to a legal battle over the "Queensryche" name which was settled in 2014. Rockenfield, Wilton, Lundgren, and Jackson would retain the name "Queensryche" with La Torre as vocalist and Geoff Tate named his band "Operation: Mindcrime".

In 2013, they released a self titled album with Todd La Torre as vocalist. This album is a return to the core sound of Queensryche, even a bit heavier and darker, IMO, and shows the direction the band will go with the influence of the new vocalist.

Where Dreams Go To Die

Don't Look Back

2015 saw the release of Condition Human, anther gem from the Todd La Torre led Queensryche.


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On their website, they have a 2018 album pre-order. There has been no official release of the album title or release date.

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