This month, Seattle’s progressive metal goliath, Queensrÿche is expected to find a resolution over the use of the band’s name. If not, they head to trial in February. The rift that split the band into two variations; one fronted by original vocalist Geoff Tate and the other featuring the remaining members along with new vocalist Todd La Torre, saw two new albums released in 2013. Fans were often perplexed and torn, but as the year drew to a close it seemed apparent that a winner had been declared.
Tate, who released “Frequency Unknown” early in 2013, further alienated the Queensrÿche faithful with weak music and erratic behavior. The La Torre fronted version released its self-titled album mid-year which garnered rave reviews and outsold all recent Tate-fronted Queensrÿche efforts. This version of Queensrÿche, which features founders Scott Rockenfield (drums), Michael Wilton (guitar) and Eddie Jackson (bass), created an album that harks back to the classic QR sound fans have missed. Even guitarist Parker Lundgren, who was brought into the QR family by Tate, opted to join the others when the split took place. Not surprisingly fans responded positively to the rebirth and numerous critics placed the album on their Top 10 lists for the year. The Queensrÿche fans have been clamoring for since the 80s has returned.
While Geoff Tate remains an iconic rock vocalist, he is no longer the voice of Queensrÿche. Some die-hard fans believe Queensrÿche died the day founding guitarist Chris DeGarmo left the band, but the group’s eponymous 2013 release proves that the band is still as viable as it was with DeGarmo and Tate.
For the purposes of this ranking, “Frequency Unknown” is not included as it was recorded by Taterÿche and not the true band. Likewise, as it is a covers album, 2007’s “Take Cover” is not ranked.
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