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A Metallic Rebirth for Queensrÿche?

So the news came down yesterday that Crimson Glory‘s Todd La Torre has officially replaced Geoff Tate in Seattle Progressive Metal institution Queensrÿche. I’m a massive Geoff Tate fan, and my first reaction, I’ll admit, was dissappointment. Geoff has one of the most unique, entertaining and skillful voices in not just the Metal world, but the Rock world as well. He has always been among my favourite singers and it’s a shame that the drama that had been brewing around QR for months has finally culminated with him being sacked.

After a moment or two I was able to take a step back and think about the situation. I realized that that, as unfortunate as the loss of Geoff at the helm of QR is, it’s also, quite possibly, a great thing for people like me who feel most passionately for the band’s early works. It’s no secret that it was largely Geoff that drove the band in a more straight-ahead Rock direction. His being replaced by Todd, current singer for another undeniably progressive and technical Metal band, definitely points to a desire on the part of the rest of Queensrÿche to return to heavier music.

There are so many positives that can come from this. Most obviously and as noted above, a return to Warning/Rage/Mindcrime/Empire style heaviness. This will also, with any luck, result in greater exposure of the perennially unsung Crimson Glory, a band loved by those who know them but who’ve never quite achieved the audiences they deserve. Todd La Torre has said in a statement released after the news broke yesterday that he is not leaving Crimson Glory, but that he will be involved with both bands. As such, Queensrÿche fans will undoubedtly, finally, be brought into the Crimson Glory camp as well. Outside of this even, we may finally see a follow-up to Geoff Tate’s interesting 2002 solo effort. Couple this with the fact that Geoff has stated that his solo material this time out is in a very Hard Rock type of direction and the potential is their for a very solid album.

So it seems that, for enduring a change of vocalist that may be something of a culture shock, we get a lot in return. Two excellent, interesting acts, two phenomenol vocalists, renewed attention toward a two progressive institutions, and Heavy friggin’ Metal. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m pumped to see what not only Queensrÿche, but also what Geoff Tate and Crimson Glory have in store.

video courtesy of SavoiaPhotography 

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