Should Bands Continue Without Any Or Few Original Members? w/ former WA.S.P. Chris Holmes & Current Queensryche singer Todd LaTorre.
Watch below, tonight, April 9 2021.
Should Bands Continue Without Any Or Few Original Members? w/ former WA.S.P. Chris Holmes & Current Queensryche singer Todd LaTorre.
Watch below, tonight, April 9 2021.
The Metal Guys of The Metal Voice along with Todd LaTorre debate the Top 10 albums of 1988. Will Queensryche ‘Operation Mindcrime’ make the list? And what does Todd think of the album?
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Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon from Canada’s The Metal Voice spoke to QUEENSRYCHE Singer Todd LaTorre about the release of his first solo album ‘Rejoice In The Suffering’ that will be released on February 5 2021 via Rat Pak Records. Todd also gives a Queenrcyhe update in terms of new music.
When asked about the recording and writing process
“My friend Craig (Blackwell) and I wrote and recorded the album here in Florida between my studio and his in about a four month period. We wrote the music and recorded everything and then we gave the recordings to Zeuss (producer Chris “Zeuss” Harris) who you know from doing all the work with Queensryche and other artists and he did the mixing and mastering and that was when Covid started and the lockdown happened. We flew home from two cancelled shows and I called him and said hey this is the time as we have talked about the solo record for several years now (on The Metal Voice). It was really simple to be honest and it was a great opportunity to get it done. There was no touring for the foreseeable future and I remember saying we are going to be down for a long time. So I thought I am never home for any real length of time so I told Craig this is the time, right now and every single day I woke up and we just worked on the music and recorded and we got it done.I just considered it (Covid Lockdowns) as an opportunity that I am never going to get again with this kind of isolated downtime to just focus on this.”
When asked about the different tones and types of vocals used on the album
“This is how I have been singing for so long on my own in various ways and people will say you’re a chameleon, you can mimic and sound like so many different people but at the same time others say but what does he sound like? You know what I sound like? I sound like all this stuff cause I sing whatever the song makes me feel like it wants. Well when Michael Wilton writes a song and it sounds like Queensryche I’m gonna phrase the vocals that way. But I do have other textures to my voice that people don’t get to hear because again I am never going to use that in Queensrcyhe.”
When asked about the musical style of the album
“It’s heavy in a classic sense and in a thrash sense. The guitars are very biting and they are very present. Craig’s guitars needed to stand out but we didn’t want a bunch of layered guitars we wanted to keep it two rhythms and that’s it. The guitars are just simple classic metal right to the point. I just wanted to do music that I hear in my car that makes me want to headbag and groove to.”
When asked if Queensryche is working on new material for an upcoming studio album
“Yes, Michael (Wilton) flew down recently a week or two ago and Zeuss came down we recorded 14-15 new song ideas and Michael will be coming back in a month or so. So yes we are writing new Queensryche stuff and Zeuss is recording it in real time as we are in a room coming up with fresh ideas on the fly.”
When asked if Queensryche would consider doing a new live album
“We have tons of multi track recordings from two years of live shows and I told Eddie I think Michael has the hard drives why don’t we send hard drives to each of us and we can pick three songs. Each guy picks three songs and maybe we can assemble 15 songs for a live record. That is something we are talking about, we shall see.”
Todd teamed up with longtime friend and collaborator guitarist Craig Blackwell, alongside producer Chris “Zeuss” Harris, to create a diverse heavy metal album that draws influence from different styles. These styles will surprise fans who only know La Torre from his previous work with QUEENSRŸCHE or CRIMSON GLORY.
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“Rejoice In The Suffering” available on CD/Vinyl/Cassette at: https://smarturl.it/tltbundles – Also available on iTunes: https://smarturl.it/tltitunes and Amazon: https://smarturl.it/tltamazon
“Rejoice In The Suffering” track listing:
Bonus tracks (deluxe version only)
Jimmy Kay from Canada’s The Metal Voice spoke to QUEENSRŸCHE‘s frontman Todd LaTorre about the new albums The Verdict‘s musical direction, lyrical themes, artwork, Scott Rockenfield‘s place in the band and guesting on Michael Sweet‘s new solo album.
Watch the interview here:
When asked what the musical direction is like on the new album The Verdict
“I like the flow of this album more than the last one and don’t get me wrong I love the last one but this one is a heavier, it’s pretty dark and you know it’s got more up-tempo. I think it’s a really good balance of some faster paced and mid-tempo songs plus there’s some slow stuff. I think there is a really good balance on this one I think we did a better job in that aspect. The song Portrait to me sounds like it could have been off of Empire or Promised Land and then yeah you know you got you’ve got a couple of other tunes that maybe could have been off like Rage for Order or Mindcrime.”
When asked who wrote the songs on the new album
“We all did, as an example Eddie Eddie Jackson wrote the song Light Years and Propaganda Fashion all the music all the lyrics all the melodies. Parker wrote Dark Reverie all the music all the lyrics and then we all added our own inflections. Then a song like Portrait, that was something that Eddie and I wrote. I even did the guitar solo and the outro slide solo. What happened was I wrote a solo just to shape the song nothing more but just to be like okay this is where the solo is and he thought it was great and we just a re-amped the direct signal from that. Everybody in the band just crossed into everybody else’s world and that was the beauty of this record. I don’t have to be the guy that writes every lyric and every melody and I’m not. There’s three songs on the album that I had nothing to do with. Everyone chipped in and we were able to do this as a real band team effort and that was really satisfying and maybe that’s why this sounds a little different from the last albums.”
When asked about the lyrical themes off this album
“Propaganda Fashion, It’s pretty self-evident in the title, that one is just about all of the propaganda and the power and the control that corporations and certain people have over the media airwaves and substantial thing. The record overall theme, the dominant common thread in a lot of these songs not all of them, is it deals with social and justices and uncomfortable topics. We’re not talking about any person or any conservative or liberal leanings. So the theme of this record overall is just very geopolitical socio-political in the Queensryche fashion. There’s a couple of songs though that are more personal like grieving and loss.”
When asked why the album was called The Verdict
“On the artwork you see this rock coming up out of the water, the waters really ferocious and the sky is in turmoil and then you have this cloaked figure. He is kind of like the medium between let’s say the universe and this scale of Justice. The scale is a little bit uneven. So I guess the easiest way I can answer this is that the Tri Ryche is being energized by the earth and what this figure would represent morality and the subjectiveness of morality and so what kind of verdict would be rendered on humanity’s behavior? Toward each other? Toward the planet? And so you don’t really get the answer. The strange cloaked figure is getting ready to witness the verdict. When we were talking with management I was explaining this new concept for the artwork before it got developed and I said this guy is ready to witness the verdict and management goes that’s the title of the album show be. And I go what do you mean? He said THE VERDICT and I was like oh shit I never thought of that that’s good one. It works you know, it’s simple its powerful, like The Warning, Empire.”
When asked about Scott Rockenfiled not participating on the new album
“I’m gonna have to give you a back story. Scott had a baby February of 2017 everyone’s happy for him and he wanted to take paternity leave and we totally supported that. Then after about six months we’re kind of saying hey how’s it going hope everything’s well, when do you think that you might be coming back? We never really got a definitive answer. So at some point management told us that he wanted to take the rest of the year off and then it was like okay well what about January of 2018? And I was told from management that you know there was no confirmation on that yet. So Casey has been filling in with us the whole time which was only supposed to be a very temporary thing. Honestly dude I don’t know anything beyond that I mean I don’t talk to Scott I haven’t talked to him in over a year and a half so I don’t know what he’s doing I don’t know what he’s up to I don’t know if she wants to come back as he never wants to do it again. I have no idea and he hasn’t made any of that known to my knowledge to any of us and so when people ask is he is he coming back at the end event have no idea. We just we don’t know anything and we can’t give an answer so let me get back to more of your point so that’s kind of where it is right now. It’s also important that you know people know that I when I joined this band and we were writing songs for the even the first record some of the guys would send me some songs and I would call Scott and say hey you know they sent me some tunes to put drums on is this ok? I don’t want to step on your toes and or anything he said no no no it’s totally fine whatever keeps the process moving forward I was like okay cool. So I would I ended up doing a lot of drumming on demos just to keep the songwriting going and shape the songs and I did that on Condition Human. So fast forward to this record and Scott is basically off the grid family mode and he wasn’t involved in the writing process at all. So of course I did all the drums on all these songs and when it came time to record we were hopeful that he would at least do the record like okay you weren’t part of the writing but here’s here’s the songs and you know the door has always been open. But we weren’t getting confirmation about anything and so it reached a certain point where it was a few weeks before we had to enter the studio that was booked and flights were booked and there was still no confirmation. So finally you know in a nutshell he basically gave the band his blessing to record without him.”
When asked about him guesting on Michael Sweet’s upcoming solo album
“Sweet called me and said hey would you be interested in singing on my record I think I’ve got a song that would be great if you wanna to do a duet back and forth. I was like fuck yeah dude are you kidding he knows I am a full blown atheist and he’s the total opposite but you know what’s cool is like I don’t try to convince him to see things my way he doesn’t try to either. It’s funny because people say well I respect your beliefs if you respect mine and I would say well that’s not true I don’t respect your beliefs but I respect your right to believe what you want so long as it isn’t infringing on anyone else and I don’t care what anyone believes. I don’t push it on anyone if somebody wants to have a conversation I’ll engage on it but I really respect other people’s right to believe anything and everything as long as it doesn’t hurt other people and that’s really how I feel. Michael is like one of my heroes growing up yeah and we’ve become good friends. You know I’ve got to perform on stage with him with drums and singing and like that was just so cool.”
QUEENSRŸCHE album, “The Verdict”, due on March 1, 2019 via Century Media Records, the disc was produced, mixed, and mastered by Chris “Zeuss” Harris (ROB ZOMBIE, ICED EARTH, HATEBREED) at Uberbeatz in Lynwood, Washington; Planet-Z in Wilbraham, Massachusetts; and Watershed Studio in Seattle, Washington.
QUEENSRYCHE singer Todd LaTorre joins a list a of Metal Titans in the re-recording of three classic Grim Reaper songs that will be made avaiable for purchase digitally and on Vinyl. All proceeds of the songs will go to Steve Grimmett‘s (Grim Reaper) medical and recovery costs. As Posted on The Metal Voice Facebook Page here.
Todd LaTorre spoke to The Metal Voice about joining in on the relief effort
“Grim Reaper was very much a part of my formative metal years! The music has given so much to me, I am proud to be able to give back in any capacity. Wishing Steve the very best!”
The relief project is spearheaded by bassist Tony Dolan from Venom Inc and aided by Neil Turbin (Ex Anthrax, Deathriders), Sy Keller (Onslaught) and Jimmy Kay ( Editor The Metal Voice)
Tony Dolan had this to say about the re-recordings on February 4, 2017 on a live stream in Ecuador
“There were quite a few choices we could make but once I asked the artists, everyone wanted to do SEE YOU IN HELL and FEAR NO EVIL they are classics. THE SHOW MUST GO ON will also be included because that is what the man (Steve Grimmett) is going to do and that is what he will be doing stronger than ever. We will put out the songs on 7 inch as well as digital downloads.”
Steve Grimmett has been hospitalized in Ecuador since mid-January; the singer was on tour in support of GRIM REAPER’s latest album, Walking In The Shadows. Millie Grimmett has been updating fans around the globe of the singer’s condition on the bands Facebook page here. Grimmett has endured multiple operations that have resulted in the near complete loss of his right leg. On the latest update as of February 28 2017 Millie and Steve Grimmett are now back in the U.K. and Steve is at Great Western Hospital recovering and has been given the green light to go home.
The Reaper All-Star include Gary Holt (Slayer, Exodus) Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Doro Pesch, Lips (Anvil), Neil Turbin (Deathriders, ex Anthrax), Tony Dolan (Venom Inc) Ross The Boss (ex Manowar), Marc Jackson (Acid Reign/ M:Pire of Evil), Jonas Hornqvist (Bleed the Hunger), Sy Keeler (Onslaught), Bobby Blitz (Overkill), Marta Gabriel (Crystal Viper), Blaze Bayley (ex Iron Maiden) Nick Bowcott (ex-Grim Reaper), John Gallagher (Raven), Mantas (Venom Inc), Joe Cangelosi (Whiplash, Kreator) Chuck Billy (Testament) Todd LaTorre (Queensryche) and Glen Drover (ex Megadeth) The songs will be produced by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Anvil Producer )
A Donation page has been set up, to date $14,000 have been raised
Metal All Stars relief songs were announced on February 4th 2017 on a live stream on The Metal Voice, in Ecuador at the hospital where Steve Grimmett was operated:
Legendary heavy metal outfit Queensrÿche, featuring Eddie Jackson, Todd LaTorre, Parker Lundgren, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton, have recently started writing new material for a new album. According to Century Media, the new album scheduled for release in early summer 2015.
“The Queensrÿche internal dynamic has certainly changed in terms of musicianship. It’s more of a cohesive team and the chemistry we have now is making what we can do creatively limitless. For Queensrÿche, it was always about being able to write together as a band. We didn’t have that for a long time but now that it’s back, we feel extremely liberated,” states founding guitarist Michael Wilton. “We’ve already begun the writing process for the next album and have a few songs demoed that we feel really good about. We’re taking the songs in the classic Queensrÿche direction but maybe a little more progressive and heavier at times. The thing is, you never know what you really have until it’s complete. We can’t wait for the final outcome. Writing with such a dynamic group of individuals has been nothing short of amazing.”
Queensrÿche recently reached a settlement in their dispute over the ownership of the Queensrÿche name and brand. Century Media is pleased to announce that Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton have successfully agreed to purchase Geoff Tate’s portion of the Queensrÿche name. The band will buy out their former lead singer’s share of the Queensrÿche corporation while allowing him the ability to be the only one to perform Operation: Mindcrime and Operation: Mindcrime II in their entirety. He will no longer have use of the TriRyche logo or any other album images aside from the Mindcrime releases. He can only refer to himself as the “Original Lead Singer of Queensrÿche or “Formerly of Queensrÿche” for a period of two years and that text must be at least 50% smaller than his name in all materials. After this two year period passes, he can only refer to himself as Geoff Tate with no mention of Queensrÿche at all. Geoff Tate will be able to finish any confirmed dates billed for his Queensrÿche lineup scheduled to terminate on August 31st, 2014. As of September 1st, there will be only one Queensrÿche entity and that will consist of Eddie Jackson, Todd LaTorre, Parker Lundgren, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton. This lineup will continue to perform selections from their entire musical catalog including songs from Operation: Mindcrime. The band will be able to use all TriRyche logos and previous album artwork for any purposes as needed by the corporation.