La Torre-fronted Queensryche Enter Billboard 200 at No. 23

"Queensryche" sold around 13,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release.

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The new self-titled album from the Todd La Torre-fronted version of Queensryche sold around 13,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 23 on the Billboard 200 chart, Blabbermouth reports. The record arrived in stores on June 25 via Century Media Records.

Its main rival, "Frequency Unknown" by the Geoff Tate-fronted version of Queensryche, opened with around 5,500 units to debut at No. 82.

When asked which album in the band's catalog would most closely compare to what the band is doing now, drummer Scott Rockenfield told Noize in the Attic: "On the record, I think the vein of what the record is a combination of all that great old stuff that we're kind of known best for. I mean, for me, I kind of summarize it by saying, to me, it's everything from the [debut] EP up to 'Empire,' or maybe even 'Promised Land' at that point, which is, to me, the most defining catalog that we've ever done. And I think for this record, it's visiting that and taking that into the future.

Guitarist Michael Wilton added: "I also think that when you hear this record, each song is gonna be unique in its own. For people that have heard the single that's on YouTube called 'Redemption.' Everybody's asking, 'Is the album gonna sound just like that?' And I can say, 'No.'

"What's great about this record is that every individual here was in the creative process and the writing - there was no outside writers, like [there were] on the last few albums. And it really shows, and it's a real great blend of everybody's strength and their creative elements, and the songs are definitely reflective of the personalities of this band right now."

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    Eat it Geoff! Man you can sing by why all of this? Why the attitude! This just proves Queensryche is a great band and can keep on rokin!
    Geoff could sing* He sang good up until 2006 (and amazing up to around '95). And then stopped caring.
    The thing is... he can't sing anymore; the only thing in common between this man and the great 80's-early 90's Tate is the name. Just look at any video from any of his live performances. They're embarrassingly bad, and especially because of him. I mean, just look at this, he can barely hit a right note throughout the whole song, even when it's been downtuned so he doesn't struggle as much:
    Woah, that was painfully bad. I caught Queensryche opening for Heaven and Hell a few years ago, and I have enough respect for what they did in their hayday to earn them success, but Tate wasn't THAT bad. If his ego wasn't enough to put you off, that video says it all.
    Very happy for the guys. Great album. I've lost so much respect for Tate. He went from being one of the most talented voices and lyricists in metal to being a complete shithead.
    Well, lets hope the judge agrees with the fans and Tateryche is done. The new Queensryche album should be WAY higher that #23! (of course, I am a bit biased!)
    Just proof that Tate was holding these guys back, and everyone is agreeing. I really enjoyed the album. La Torre is influenced by Tate so he naturally sounds a little but like him, but he can still hit some of those highs. Will be great to see how this version continues. Read they already have more material they're workin on.