I must admit that it feels a bit odd to review two Queensrÿche albums within only three months, but we all know the reason for that by now. The two albums don’t have anything but the name and the fact that they used to be one band in common. The feud between original members, lead singer Geoff Tate and guitarist Michael Wilton / bass player Eddie Jackson / drummer Scott Rockenfield is known by now and there is no reason to go into that once again.
Geoff Tate was, however, the first man to put something out with his version of the band when he released Frequency Unknown (F.U. in short, very mature…) in April. The album wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t really all that great either and it didn’t sound like Queensrÿche on bit – except for Tate’s voice maybe. Wilton, Rockenfield and Jackson together with guitarist Parker Lundgren and new singer, ex-Crimson Glory man Todd LaTorre took their time instead of rushing things and started out with going on tour under the Rising West banner, playing old Queensrÿche stuff, the stuff the fans wanted to hear and completely avoiding everything that came out after Promised Land until they all felt comfortable enough to take the Queensrÿche name back. Also, everyone that has heard LaTorre knows that he has a similar vocal style as Tate, without being a clone by any means. And now it’s time for this version to show the world if they can deliver the goods or if they too wouldn’t be able to handle the pressure.