I actually prefer Hear in the Now Frontier to anything before Mindcrime (though I think it should have been a DeGarmo solo album). Q2K and the self-titled album have great moments too in my opnion. Favourite period: O:M, Empire, PL / Worst period: Taterÿche (O:M2, AS, DTC)Yeah, it’s a bit of a wasteland after Promised Land and before Condition Hüman.
@Collin bear in mind that not everyone uses or has access to Spotify. Would you also care to give us your own thoughts on the song?https://open.spotify.com/album/5WA5Y14iCXzspZaq4famvV
'Dark Reverie' from the new album was released yesterday.
Spotify web player should be free to use?? I'm not paying for it. Unless it's US only..
http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/queensryche-confirms-singer-todd-la-torre-played-drums-on-new-album-the-verdict/If they’re being this cagey I’m guessing LaTorre played the drums on this record. That’s his background, after all — and he’s said in interviews that he still feels like he’s just a drummer who sings.
After some more listening I’d say The Verdict is definitely the best Toddsrÿche album, and probably the band’s overall best since Promised Land (though that’s not a very high bar to clear). There are memorable sections in pretty much every song, some nice harmonized melodic bits, cool off-rhythm riffs, and some really cracking stuff like the verse to “Man The Machine”. They’re definitely on the right track here.Forgot this album came out. Will listen tonight. My hopes aren't very high though.
Just to be clear, you’re saying that an album where over half the songs are 8/10 or higher, and nearly half the songs are 9/10 or 10/10, is “decent” but something you’re unlikely to return to much? How does your rating system work, exactly...?Decent album, not as good as Condition Human imo. It just feels kind of quickly thrown together. I just don't see myself going back to this album very much.
I should clarify that I am pretty generous with my ratings. A 4 or below has to be really bad. An 8 to me is a moderate ranking. There are definitely some good songs on the album and despite those good songs I don't have the desire to come back and listen to this album. If I want to listen to Queensryche then I'll go listen to Rage For Order or Empire. I went back and did a little adjusting in my ratings after the album settled and I compared it to others.Just to be clear, you’re saying that an album where over half the songs are 8/10 or higher, and nearly half the songs are 9/10 or 10/10, is “decent” but something you’re unlikely to return to much? How does your rating system work, exactly...?