You know what I like about Queensryche these days? You know exactly what you are getting with each new release… utter shit. From the old days, with classics like Queen of the Reich and Take Hold of the Flame, not to mention the classic album Operation Mindcrime, I cannot even believe that this is (somewhat) the same band. There is no heart in their music anymore. I still cannot believe that this is the same band that released Operation Mindcrime. That is one of my top ten albums of all time. Yes, it is that good and quite deserved of all of the praise that it gets.
Gone are the days where you look forward to a new Queensryche release and hope that there may be a good track or two on it. You know exactly what you are getting, and if the promo was not sent to me, I would not have even purchased the album because Queensryche is not even on my radar any longer. I cannot even tolerate them live anymore because all of the passion for metal is completely gone, and in its place is a poorly done theatrical show that tried to take the audience away from the fact that Queensryche wants nothing to do with metal any longer.
Even as a non-metal release, Dedicated to Chaos is an abysmal excuse for music. Geoff Tate’s voice is nowhere near as passionate as it once was in classics like Eyes of a Stranger or Jet City Woman. Musically, the band does not even display any chops any more. Even when there is a solo, it is so blatantly average that they should have just left it off of the song in hopes of ending our pain quicker and letting the album finish its first, and only, run through our CD players.
I wish that I could try a track by track breakdown, but there is no way that is happening with this one. Queensryche has shown that it is dedicated to mediocrity and that suits them fine. I wish that I could say that they sold out and did it for the money and girls, but honestly, people only go see them live to hear the classics live and the venues that they are playing at are getting smaller and smaller, so even that run will end soon.
I normally do not even bother reviewing albums that I completely hate, but I figured that Queensryche still has that name out there, so people will want to know what this album is about. If you did enjoy the album, please let me know.