During a recent interview with The Metal Voice, Queensrÿche singer Todd La Torre offered an update on the band’s new album. According to him, the group are planning to begin official recording sessions for the effort in January.
La Torre said the following:
“We have all the songs that we’re gonna be recording. We’re gonna press record at the very beginning of January.”
He also added the following about the musical direction of the new material:
“It doesn’t sound like ‘The Verdict’. It’s its own new kind of thing. We really kind of just focused more on melodic hooks. I don’t think we went in thinking, like, ‘Oh, we need to sound old school or new or this.’
You know what we did on this record… Every other time, each guy would kind of submit their own song ideas and then we would kind of work on that. But what we did on this record was, other than Eddie [Jackson, bass] — Eddie has a couple of songs that are really cool that he wrote and then showed us kind of when they were pretty much done. And then Michael [Wilton, guitar] kind of wrote some interesting chords — still staying within the keys and everything. But we all got in a room with our producer [Chris ‘Zeuss’ Harris] here [in Florida], and we literally started from scratch. Like, ‘Michael, what do you got?’ [And he would] come up with a riff. And Casey [Grillo, drums] would sit on the drums, or I would sit on the drums. We were all actually in a room and just tried it like the good old days. So this record was totally like that — the whole thing pretty much, minus one or two songs. And even that changed a little bit.
I just burned a CD of all the demos to play in my car when I’m out driving around. And it’s cool. I hope people will like it. I think they’re really good songs.”