For the fans now dedicated to the Todd La Torre-fronted Queensryche, you no longer have to wait until their new album to come out on June 10th to hear some new music, as the band has just officially released the lead single, titled “Redemption”.
I spoke with guitarist Michael Wilton, and he described the band’s directive with this new album as “…to rekindle a band writing together as a band, and utilizing the strengths of the creative forces of everybody in the band, to contribute, and just to make a CD, an album, that’s just an honest representation of the band.
“We’re not going to try and sell you some outlandish or exaggerated claims, this is just an honest collection of songs that we think really represent the creative dynamic of the band. Todd is very capable and very talented in that aspect, like I said before he’s a drummer, he knows melody incredibly, he’s a guitar player as well, and that as a band of real musicians it’s really exciting to create”.
In response to how their new album will compare to such recent outings as ‘Dedicated To Chaos’ and ‘American Soldier’, Michael said “I think it’s going to be it’s own animal, I don’t think it’s going to be anything like those. As far as the last album, I don’t even know what guitar parts of mine were used. You know, ‘American Soldier’ had some good elements, some great moments, but I think first and foremost there’s got to be a thread to your lineagy, to your past albums.
“And I think that is what we’re trying to capture, I think. We’re doing the inevitable, 180-degree flip flop, you know? We want to recapture elements of our past, but yet show progress in our writing ability. We’re progressive people, so in that aspect you know you’re going to get a little of the past albums, and by past albums I mean the first five. And then a lot of new creative energies, so I think it’s going to be quite a contrast to the last few you just spoke about.”
You can listen to the entire song below:
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