Queensryche - On A Par With Their Last Two Releases
Steven Sly | Kalamazoo, MI United States | 02/08/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"For this album the band is down to a four piece with former member Chris Degarmo showing up in a part time role as a songwriter. Many fans hoped that the return of Degarmo in the writing department would move Queensryche back into quality territory, but for the most part this album is pretty much on a par with the last two releases. Like "Here In The Now Frontier" and "Q2K" before it, the album is not horrible, but there is also not a lot that really stands out either. The band seems to have moved into a more Nu Metal type of sound with very few guitar solos and mostly just heavy riffing. The band even flirts with rap on the truly dreadful "Desert Dance". There are not really any songs here that I call highlights, but when I put the album on I don't hate it either. The material just does not stick with me long after listening to it. I rate this right down the middle at 3 stars."
John S. Keeling | DeRidder, LA USA | 06/07/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I listened to this CD with the hope that it would be better than their previous work. I was wrong. The entire album was rewritten material with the what sounded like a band mailing in the music. If you like Queensrhyche, listen to Empire and Operaton Mindcrime. Those are very well written albums and worth your money. This is not. Steer clear."