Theme Switcher
Switch to:

Notes about GDM Themes
Click to learn more about GDM themes
Login
Username

Password



Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6825
Comments: 16465
Ratings: 4520
Forum Posts: 21582
Latest Comments
Great band had forgotten ...
This debut is chocked ful...
The band really broadens ...
I've seen this many times...
A classic indeed and thei...
I hoped more from this al...
It was Heather Thomas in ...
Actually, 'Find The Lady'...
Cheers Dave, looking to g...
Great, Malcolm! I can hel...
Dave, it's already set up...
Great list, Jeffrey. The ...
Maybe an interview with G...
Finally got a copy of thi...
Thanks for the download y...
Yes Dave, I agree New Yor...
Very cool. I've always ha...
As a musician and avid li...
The problem with AOR as a...
Thanks Jose. However, man...
Shoutbox
You must login to post a message.

Explorer
21-01-2018 21:04
Lucky and now skint, judging by the winning bid!!

jefflynnefan
21-01-2018 20:47
Some lucky Jeff Lynne fan got a real rarity! https://www.ebay....fr
esh=true

englandashes
21-01-2018 09:43
Yep in Argent, especially as Rod Argent and Jim we’re cousins.

gdazegod
21-01-2018 07:43
Didn't Rodford also play in Argent and Charlie too?

englandashes
20-01-2018 22:04
Jim Rodford, bass player, The Kinks, Phoenix (I think?), but I remember him with The Zombies, saw live a while back. RIP

englandashes
17-01-2018 21:50
In response to Cyrille Regis, BBC 2 repeat the Adrian Chiles documentary, Whites v Blacks, How Football Changed A Nation, unbelievable true story, worth watching

Explorer
17-01-2018 18:44
Review of the rather splendid `Hornal` album is in the works too.

gdazegod
17-01-2018 01:57
Dave and Jeff's best of 2017 wrap-up's just around the corner too.. computer work

gdazegod
17-01-2018 01:56
There is a three-part article coming up for E.L.O (Eldorado, A New World Record and Out Of The Blue). Look out for it soon.

Explorer
16-01-2018 08:52
Stoke fans have my commiserations.Und
er Lambert the Villa played some of the most boring, unimaginative football I`ve ever had the misfortune to witness.Relegation
?,yes I`d say so.

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 2015 Articles » Queensrÿche - 2015 Condition Human
 
Queensrÿche - 2015 Condition Human



ARTIST: Queensrÿche
ALBUM: Condition Human
LABEL: Century Media
SERIAL: 9247-2
YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Michael Wilton - guitar * Todd LaTorre - vocals * Scott Rockenfield - drums * Eddie Jackson - bass * Parker Lundgren - guitar

TRACK LISTING: 01 Arrow Of Time * 02 Guardian * 03 Hellfire * 04 Toxic Remedy * 05 Selfish Lives * 06 Eye9 * 07 Bulletproof * 08 Hourglass * 09 Just Us * 10 All There Was * 11 The Aftermath * 12 Condition Human * 13 Espiritu Muerto

RATING:

WEBLINKS: www.queensrycheofficial.com


Background
I haven't reviewed a Queensrÿche album in ages. Maybe 'Rage For Order' but that was years ago. I haven't been enthralled with their output for decades to be honest, but the recent competing factions of the Queensrÿche legacy (these guys), plus Geoff Tate's version of the band: Operation: Mindcrime has seen me taking an active interest with what's going on in both camps. To be honest, after having listened to both albums (and not taking sides), I'm quite happy we have two versions of the legacy, and both returning results in 2015, though Tate's version can't compare to his original version. Wilton, Jackson, Rockenfield and drop-in singer Todd LaTorre etc sound much better and less labourious and ponderous than OMC, so I guess that tells you which direction each band has gone off to.


The Songs
'Condition Human' is surprisingly true, but then again I need to go back and listen to some of their other recent material to make a better decision. That could be a tall order, but I think a few hours over the Christmas break might sort that out. Still, they say it's usually the first one or two tracks that sets the scene on any album, and both 'Arrow Of Time' and 'Guardian' do that admirably. Both strong efforts, and I'm loving Todd LaTorre's vocals, a real Geoff Tate doppelganger if ever there was one. 'Hellfire' lifts the level up another notch, and this is how I remember QR back in the days of 'The Warning' and 'Rage For Order'. Yuss! 'Bulletproof' heads into ballad land, though the mixture of ethnic, exotic and mesmeric add to its charm. 'Just Us' is also a ballad, highly melodic with soaring vocals coming at you from every angle. 'The Aftermath' which segues into the title-track is the album's point of difference. Swirly, dark, brooding, spoken dialogue too.. a bit of everything really.


In Summary
Overall, the album is a consistent listen, and at just under an hours listening time, it's total value for money. I feel that 'Condition Human' is a solid cross-section of Queensrÿche's current status and their past legacy. I acknowledge Geoff Tate's fine contribution to the past QR back-catalogue, but I feel that Chris DeGarmo's songwriting helped temper Tate's sometimes overblown prog and conceptual ideas in those early days. Tate is running the show with his own band now, and you can see how OMC have gone totally prog, and sound very uneven and unbalanced in the process. So, for this 2015 square-off, Queensrÿche take the prize by majority decision. 'Condition Human' has been getting superb reviews online, and GDM will add its plaudits to the pile. A great full-blown return by the 'Ryche, and it's worthy of an investigation for sure. If I can do it, you can too. Welcome back lads!


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
Comments
#1 | gdazegod on December 01 2015 10:26:02
Queensrÿche - 2015 Guardian
[movie=youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra1TSmmUY90[/movie]
#2 | Murgleis on December 04 2015 02:11:09
Top notch progressive metal, and easily their best outing since 1994. How come Empire hasn't been reviewed here at GDaze yet though? That album is the most AOR of all! Grin
#3 | gdazegod on December 04 2015 02:42:56
Thanks Murgleis. Yep, 'Empire' and probably 'The Warning' too.. Yes
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 67% [2 Votes]
85% 85% 0% [No Votes]
80% 80% 0% [No Votes]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 33% [1 Vote]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
 
Articles Cloud
Paul, Ray (and RPM) - 1980 Go Time, Hunter, Ian - 1977 Overnight Angels, Stormzone - 2007 Caught In The Act, Art Nation - 2015 Revolution, Cruzh - 2016 Cruzh, Journey - 2002 Red 13 EP, Barnes, Jimmy - 1985 For The Working Class Man, Syd Arthur - 2014 Sound Mirror, Mr Big (UK) - 1996 Rainbow Bridge, U.D.O - 2009 Dominator, Shy - 1987 Excess All Areas, Ozz - 1980 No Prisoners, Aerosmith - 2004 Honkin' On Bobo, Judas Priest - 1978 Killing Machine, Seals And Crofts - 1978 Takin' It Easy
Tags©
Spooky Tooth Pallas Chastain Sonata Arctica Zon Outland EP Matinee Demons And Wizards War Ram Jam FM (Canada) Jude Cole Talk Of The Town Rupert Holmes Art Garfunkel Balanx Marillion Pablo Cruise Dio Outlasted Blue Oyster Cult Judas Priest Red 7 Exile Alan Parsons Project Alan Parsons Nightvision Jellyfish Rocken Horse Dreadful Minds UFO
All Tags
Search DDG