Album Review: Queensrÿche – Condition Humän

queensrycheconditioncd-300x300As I age (I’m in my lower 40s now) I ponder the fate of my long-standing favored bands.  Let’s face it we’re all getting older and for me that means there will come a time when I read a story about a favorite band of mine quitting or retiring.  Queensrÿche, along with the Big Four bands and many others have been around long enough that I dread the day of their eventual end.  I thought Queensrÿche might have been headed there earlier than necessary with their former vocalist at the helm and all the craziness that ensued.  But damn, Queensrÿche dusted themselves off, picked up a great lead vocalist, and threw some uppercuts.  2013’s self-titled album paved a new foundation for the band and there appears to be no looking back…only aiming forward. 

This is their second album with La Torre behind the mic, but another notch in a long line of albums; excellent Queensrÿche albums I should say.  Probably the most important thing you need to know, without me doing a play-by-play, is that Condition Humän embodies the breadth of Queensrÿche’s music.  There are a lot of bits, pieces, and components that will give you a sense of déjà vu.  Elements from Rage, or The Warning, or Mindcrime, or Empire manifest throughout the new album, but not so much that is just sounds like they resurrected previously shelved songs.  The slow bits, heavier parts, proggy jams, solid solos, amazing rhythm section, and awesome vocal range make for a diverse, fresh, and inspiring album.

Condition Humän is a solid “second” sophomore album, if you want to look at it that way.  Building off the momentum from the self-titled 2013 album, Queensrÿche’s newly paved foundation is set and as strong as it ever was.  I feel comfortable with the thought that they have many more years and several more albums left in them.  I don’t expect to logon anytime soon to see they have retired or disbanded because of some crazy bullshit.

4.5 out of 5   

Release Date:  2 Oct 15

Label:  Century Media / Queensrÿche Holdings LLC

Songs:  12

Length:  54 Minutes

Genre:  Progressive / Hard Rock / Metal

Previous Studio Albums:  The Warning (1984); Rage For Order (1986); Operation:  Mindcrime (1988); Empire (1990); Promised Land (1994); Hear in the Now Frontier (1997); Q2K (1999); Tribe (2003); Operation:  Mindcrime II (2006); American Soldier (2009); Dedicated to Chaos (2011); Queensrÿche (2013).

Location:  United States

Queensrÿche Review– Queensrÿche 4.5 out of 5

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Posted on November 10, 2015, in Album Reviews and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. ChristopherMammal

    From that YouTube video alone I’m hooked.

  2. I like this one quite a bit more than the last. Sounds better, more natural and better songs as well. Not saying that “Queensryche” was a bad record. I very much agree with your review. There are a lot of nice hints and a high level of songwriting with quite a view songs being, well, 4.5 out 5 stars:-)

    Sometimes I think there is just missing a little bit to make them really awesome, then I think: It’s because you’re always hearing their classics in the back of your head. Especially since they really build on that on this one.

    Since so much of my old faves mildly disappointed me this year (Blind Guardian, Iron Maiden, Terror) it’s nice to see Queensryche releasing this fine record.

    And not that I care about this stupid mudslinging between the band and Geoff Tate. But Tates new Operation Mindcrime record “The Key” is a insulting piece of crap. It’s not just bad, it’s an insolence to let people pay for this view unfinished lame ideas (sadly the same goes for the new Girlschool record. What a shame).

    • I haven’t taken the opportunity to hear Operation Mindcrime’s album, but since we both agree on the quality of this new Queensryche album, I’ll take your word for it. I had no intention of checking it out anyway. I may stream something later on, but for now there is too much good music out there to get my hands on. Thank you for the comment. I am glad you enjoyed the album.

  3. Todd is like a Bruce Dickenson in the making. 4.5 stars is just wrong. 5 stars all the way. One of the best metal albums this year.

    • I have gotten stingy with giving out a 5 over the years, but yeah I hear you it is a great album. It will more than likely end up on the end of year Top 15.

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