Release Date: 2 October 2015
Review by Kevin Prested
It’s been hard to keep track of who ‘is’ Queensryche of late with yet another saga of a band claiming split ownership, but here we have another Queensryche release with former Crimson Glory vocalist Todd La Torre returning for his second album.
As has been the case with former rock heroes trying to ride on the tails of former glories of a band name, this is certainly not the story with Condition Human. What we have here is a glorious record that could have been released between Operation: Mindcrime or Empire in feel, strong structure and melodies of which Queensryche have always had an abundance of. La Torre could fool almost anyone as to actually being former vocalist Geoff Tate with his soaring melodies that veer at times into Bruce Dickinson territory, while the accessible progressive and layered songwriting is well on display.
There are multiple tracks that could have been a Queensryche single from the late ‘80s or early ‘90s here such as Guardian or Bulletproof. Such as the bands self titled release with La Torre in 2013 Condition Human is sure to please fans of Queensryche’s classic period whilst proving that there some genuinely great songs left in these aging rockers still.