Album Review: Queensrÿche – Condition Humän
Posted by Reggie
As I age (I’m in my lower 40s now) I ponder the fate of my long-standing favored bands. Let’s face it we’re all getting older and for me that means there will come a time when I read a story about a favorite band of mine quitting or retiring. Queensrÿche, along with the Big Four bands and many others have been around long enough that I dread the day of their eventual end. I thought Queensrÿche might have been headed there earlier than necessary with their former vocalist at the helm and all the craziness that ensued. But damn, Queensrÿche dusted themselves off, picked up a great lead vocalist, and threw some uppercuts. 2013’s self-titled album paved a new foundation for the band and there appears to be no looking back…only aiming forward.
This is their second album with La Torre behind the mic, but another notch in a long line of albums; excellent Queensrÿche albums I should say. Probably the most important thing you need to know, without me doing a play-by-play, is that Condition Humän embodies the breadth of Queensrÿche’s music. There are a lot of bits, pieces, and components that will give you a sense of déjà vu. Elements from Rage, or The Warning, or Mindcrime, or Empire manifest throughout the new album, but not so much that is just sounds like they resurrected previously shelved songs. The slow bits, heavier parts, proggy jams, solid solos, amazing rhythm section, and awesome vocal range make for a diverse, fresh, and inspiring album.
Condition Humän is a solid “second” sophomore album, if you want to look at it that way. Building off the momentum from the self-titled 2013 album, Queensrÿche’s newly paved foundation is set and as strong as it ever was. I feel comfortable with the thought that they have many more years and several more albums left in them. I don’t expect to logon anytime soon to see they have retired or disbanded because of some crazy bullshit.
4.5 out of 5
Release Date: 2 Oct 15
Label: Century Media / Queensrÿche Holdings LLC
Length: 54 Minutes
Genre: Progressive / Hard Rock / Metal
Previous Studio Albums: The Warning (1984); Rage For Order (1986); Operation: Mindcrime (1988); Empire (1990); Promised Land (1994); Hear in the Now Frontier (1997); Q2K (1999); Tribe (2003); Operation: Mindcrime II (2006); American Soldier (2009); Dedicated to Chaos (2011); Queensrÿche (2013).
Location: United States
Queensrÿche Review– Queensrÿche 4.5 out of 5