The next Round 1 matchup in the Headbanger Region of March Metal Madness 2013 consists of two '80s albums that caused metalheads to double-take upon hearing them for the first time, and the classic tracks showcased within the discs are still mainstays on many fan's personal playlists. Does either have the merit to be voted the best metal album ever?
Although their start has been a bit of a tumultuous one, it appears to be onward and upward for Queensryche in 2013. Getting the ball rolling, the band just inked a new deal with Century Media Records. With a tentative release date of June 11, their new disc will mark the first recorded and delivered by the latest lineup featuring new singer Todd La Torre. The vocalist replaced original singer Geoff Tate, who is now manning his own incarnation of the band.
Geoff Tate has yet to play his first gig with his newly created Queensryche lineup and already he's down one member. Tate revealed earlier this year that former Megadeth and King Diamond guitarist Glen Drover would be part of his version of the band, but Drover has just announced his exit.
Queensryche have spent most of the year in the headlines for their legal issues with now former frontman Geoff Tate, but the time has come to put the court issues on the backburner and get back to making music. Fans can now check out the first taste of what a Todd La Torre-led Queensryche will sound like thanks to a new trailer that's surfaced online.
At present, there are two versions of Queensryche as a result of Geoff Tate's ousting from the band and the inability of the courts to sort out all the legalities as of yet. Tate initially filed an injunction attempting to keep the rest of the band from using the name, but did not succeed. Now his former bandmates are turning the tables trying to keep Tate from doing the same with his reconstructed lineup.
The battle for Queensryche rages on. After being booted from the band earlier this year and then engaging in legal battles with the former members over the rights to the name, former Queensryche singer Geoff Tate has posted the lineup for his version of the band. This situation is turning into a soap opera.