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You've heard the not that flattering story about this band's beefs thousands of times this last year, so I won't bother you with that soap opera. I initially told myself; don't lift this album to the skies and don't praise it just because of their supposed return to a type of music much closer to what they did create in their heydays.
But what should a grown man do when Todd La Torre totally thrashes former lead vocalist Geoff Tate's nowadays performances? Todd is definitely the best man available for Queensrÿche and he gives this vital outfit a solid appearance again and this album is so sought after, from all the debacles released in the last two decades when this band slowly withered away from their fame and their classic roots.
This album is merely thirty-five minutes long including an intro and an intermission, each somewhere around the one minute mark, so basically nine songs split on thirty-three minutes of playing time. Most of these songs have a massive and striking impact. Where Dreams Go To Die starts with a slow paced verse and explodes into a fiery typical Queensrÿche chorus. Perhaps I'm in deep water here, but the choruses throughout the album are stronger than ever. Spore is overwhelming and with the semi-ballad In This Light, I find myself standing on the floor just shouting the words with a passion worth crying for.
Furthermore, on the negative side, I think the drums have a somewhat hollow sound occasionally, yet nothing that bothers me significantly and in general they rock in symbiosis with the strings all throughout. All songs absolutely don't crush big time, but we're still miles away from anything that could be named filler. I won't go through every song on this self titled album and I guess you just have to trust my opinion on this amazing piece.
I strongly believe that this lineup has even more to offer in the future and I highly recommend every Queensrÿche fan to purchase this release as soon as possible. At this moment I prefer to not get too carried away with delight, because the album could in fact have been a bit longer, and if it was, I would probably have given it an even higher rating. Now I settle with 8 chalices to this fantastic return that I honestly thought was not achievable.