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Todd La Torre – Vocals
Michael Wilton – Guitar
Parker Lundgren – Guitar
Eddie Jackson – Bass
Casey Grillo – Drums
Fact: Queensryche have never been a band to rest on their laurels. In a career set against the new-
With a legacy behind them that’s shifted over 30 million records and built a dedicated legion of fans while touring the globe alongside giants including Metallica, Def Leppard and The Scorpions, Queensryche have exceeded themselves once again. If Queensryche’s 15th studio album sounds like a young, hungry band just hitting its stride, it’s because that is precisely the case. Produced and mixed by Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Hatebreed, Rob Zombie), who helmed 2015’s Condition Human, it’s also Queensryche’s third album with frontman Todd La Torre, who joined the veteran band in 2012, taking the reins from erstwhile voice, Geoff Tate.
“The Verdict is that statement for us – in much the same way that [1984’s] The Warning was,” says founding guitarist Michael Wilton. “This one’s the creative convergence of this lineup. We got together and worked on every song as a band. The spontaneity, the creativity; it came out of all of us, working together as a band should.” From the hypnotic riff and melody of “Light Years” to the moodiness of “Dark Reverie” or the epic rock n’ roll workout of “Propaganda Fashion” , this is a record that stands up to Queensryche’s gold and platinum watersheds including Rage for Order, Empire or Promised Land.
However, The Verdict is very much an album for 2019: both in band’s far-
Queensryche and its now-
The bond that runs through the current lineup of Queensryche (rounded out by bassist Eddie Jackson and guitarist Parker Lundgren) was tightened and tested during the making of The Verdict. When personal commitments forced drummer Scott Rockenfeld to sit out the recording sessions that spanned between Seattle’s Uberbeatz, Michael Wilton’s Washington State home studio and Zeuss’ Planet-
The band credits Zeuss’ return to the producer’s seat as a key part of The Verdict being a record that will take its place amongst their classics. “Zeuss understands us in way that probably no producer we’ve ever worked with has,” says Jackson. “He understands our history, our sounds, what’s in our DNA. He’s willing to push us and vice-
“With the first self-
“Having Todd and Parker in the lineup does create some new chemistry and new ideas when it comes to the songwriting,” Jackson affirms. “Having new blood in the band certainly gave us some new life for these past three albums. This is something we all have a passion for and having the freedom to write, record and tour without any limits is nothing short of refreshing.”
Queensryche’s impact on other bands and musicians is undeniable. While they dominated rock radio in the 90’s with a string of hits including “Jet City Woman” and “Silent Lucidity”, their influence on rock and progressive bands including the likes Dream Theater or the late, lamented Nevermore has been undeniable. “We grew up during the days when being experimental was a key element,” says Wilton. “Where you could write an album that was completely different than the previous album, put those songs in your set-
The Verdict is in and it’s testament to not merely Queensryche’s staying power as a force in rock in a turbulent new world, but a band without boundaries who continue to prove how timeless they truly are.