The people have spoken.
Queensrÿche’s self-titled album — the first to feature Todd La Torre’s platinum set of pipes and Parker Lundgren as an official band member — has reached #23 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
The album shifted 13,500 copies, which may not seem like all that much for a band of this status, but consider that Taterÿche’s Frequency Unknown only moved 5,500 copies and landed at #70 on the charts.
The numbers are not staggering, but the chart position puts it all into perspective. The band’s reputation over the last decade, live and in the studio, was about as favorable as twisting a screw through your urethra. The fans have responded as to which version of the band they support, and though the needle lies, the numbers certainly don’t.
At the time this article was written, Frequency Unknown has 248 reviews on Amazon.com for an average of 2.4/5 stars and some of the 5 star reviews were written by people thanked in the fucking liner notes of the album.
Queensrÿche has 182 reviews for an average of 4.5/5 stars. Sure, these reviews aren’t entirely qualitative because it is the Internet after all, but it’s something to look at. Rave reviews are piling up all over the web, including this very site. Shocking!
Congratulations to the real Queensrÿche for writing a great album and sending a nice “FU” to Geoff Tate. It looks like Tate can enjoy a nice walk in the shadows of his former bandmates.
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