The Todd La Torre-fronted version of QUEENSRŸCHE has tapped James "Jimbo" Barton — the man who engineered and mixed the band's classic 1988 album, "Operation: Mindcrime", and its 1990 follow-up, "Empire", and co-produced 1994's "Promised Land" — to helm QUEENSRŸCHE's brand new studio CD, tentatively due in early 2013 via an as-yet-undetermined record label. The recording process for the effort will begin in early December, and according to La Torre — who is also a member of Florida melodic metallers CRIMSON GLORY — "no outside writers have been used." He adds, "This is QUEENSRŸCHE's writing and we're proud to introduce the next chapter of the legacy."
A one-and-a-half-minute "teaser trailer" for the forthcoming album — featuring audio samples of demo versions of some of the tracks that will appear on the CD — is available below.
In a recent interview with Metal-Rules.com, QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield stated about how the addition of La Torre and guitarist Parker Lundgren has affected the musical direction of the band's new material. "I think we've just found a good chemistry between the five of us," he said. "I mean, Michael [Wilton, guitar], Eddie [Jackson, bass] and I have had chemistry for such a long time, and Parker has been with us now for many years, playing our old material. And we're always thinking and looking at the future, and we've talked about what to do and how to do it, and rolling Todd into the equation, he's just stepped in and fit the role of what QUEENSRŸCHE wants to achieve and what we wanna do."
He added, "The proof will be in the pudding when everybody can hear it when it finally comes out. But I think our fans are gonna be really pleasantly surprised and they're gonna have something that I think they're gonna consider some good work by us that they've been missing for quite a while."
After he was fired from the band in June, singer Geoff Tate announced that he intends to tour with his own version of QUEENSRŸCHE that includes bassist Rudy Sarzo, drummer Bobby Blotzer, guitarists Glen Drover and Kelly Gray, and keyboardist Randy Gane.