Queensryche continue to enjoy their reversal of fortunes since removing vocalist Geoff Tate from their ranks and enlisting Todd La Torre in 2012.

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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