QUEENSRYCHE: DEDICATED TO CHAOS
The times they have a-changed since Queensryche formed some 30 years ago, and music has certainly changed. Those looking for 80's style metal will not find it on this album.
Queensyrche have always considered themselves as a "fringe-dwelling, left-of-center group of discontents," and have not been content to just rest on their laurels and stick to one formulaic sound. They are always experimenting with the craft of songwriting, and are still producing fresh, outstanding rock releases.
Their new album and first for Roadrunner, Dedicated To Chaos, is no exception, rich, multi-layered, modern, catchy, fun, and... different.
GOT IT BAD
This is the sound of Queensrÿche marching forward artistically, philosophically and sonically.
The band have chosen to challenge themselves and create new soundscapes, and while may not be the metal you expected, there are enough elements within the music that make it a completely satisfying album.
Far more accessible than American Soldier, this CD has solid songwriting with contemporary lyrics, weaving an auditory dreamscape that melds elements from the 60′s through 2011, while still retaining qualities of the progressive and experimental, falling less on the metal side than in years past.
With former band guitarist Kelly Gray in the producer's seat, the album leans a little more towards radio oriented rock than metal, not a record for those seeking a return to the band's signature guitar-driven hard rock and heavy metal roots.
Before listening to this record I must first advise you to throw out your preconceptions of what the band are “supposed” to sound like, and listen to it with ears wide open.
Any long-time fan who hasn’t set aside their aural expectations will likely be thrown off by the radio ready sound but they’d be missing the point. Music is the universal language, and Queensrÿche has recaptured that with what may be its most diverse and creative effort to date.
Purists may denounce this record and clamor for another Operation Mindcrime, but this is is another side of the band that is unique and vibrant.
This is a band willing to put their legacy under fire and coming out the other side renewed and inspired.