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

artist: Queensr├┐che date: 07/03/2013 category: music news
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La Torre-fronted Queensryche Enter Billboard 200 at No. 23
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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