Queensrÿche has come a very long way from the time when they could do no wrong in my book (first album through Empire) and their chart success peaked with Promised Land. Since the mid-90s they've just been so frustrating. I added just one song from Hear in the Now Frontier, Q2K, and Tribe combined. I really had high hopes for Operation: Mindcrime II, but it was a pale comparison with the original.
I go into the new album with no expectations at all, and not knowing what to make of this conceptual album about war from the vantage point of the troops on the ground. Every time they release an album I really want to like it, but end up getting disappointed.
So rather than go out and buy the new album as it hit stores today, I listened to the full album stream instead.
Now, I still need to give this a full proper dedicated listen, but I can say that when I do some other things while listening to a full album stream…