#20 – My Favorite Albums Of 2013

Queensrÿche – Queensrÿche

Producer – James “Jimbo” Barton
2013 brought us the ultimate battle of the bands. Two new inceptions of the classic progressive metal giants of the 80’s and 90’s.  For those who don’t know the story of how this came to be here it is in a nutshell. Original lead singer Geoff Tate parted ways with the other members of the band which led to a court battle over who has the legal ownership of the band name. The judge ruled that both parties can use the name until  the legal owner is determined in early 2014. So we now have two versions of Queensryche whom both released new albums under the name in 2013.

Queensryche was one of my favorite bands back in the early 90’s and I have slowly become more and more disappointed  with every new album they have released.  I have to say I was excited yet not very optimistic to listen to two new versions of the band. Before the albums came out I was very much on Team Tate, his voice is the key ingredient to the sound of the band and I thought he would prevail. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Tate’s Queensryche album “Frequency Unknown” was more of the same boring and uninspiring songs of recent and left me with a feeling that I will never hear a good new Queensryche album again.

The second Queensryche album from guitarist Michael Wilton, bassist Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield reclaimed my love for the band. With new lead singer Todd LaTorre, Queensryche returned to the Mindcrime/Empire sound that I loved so much. A lot of this may have something to do with the album being produced by the same producer as those classic albums. It also has to do with the fact that Todd LaTorre does the best Geoff Tate impersonation of that era.

One can only hope the LaTorre fronted Queensryche win the court battle and continue making great Queensryche albums.

Favorite Tracks: In This Light, A World Without

Listen to Queensryche on Spotify

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