This is their third album together and their most enjoyable. The Verdict builds on the band’s previous two La Torre-led albums with a greater emphasis on riffs, atmosphere and power. Despite the line-up changes and the decades lost in a musical wilderness, Queensryche are once again a musical force. They may not reach the lofty heights of their ’80s successes, but The Verdict proves that there is a lot of life left in this old warhorse.
The Verdict is out March 1 via EMI/Century Music.
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