Blabbermouth: December 11, 2020
As global touring came to a sudden and unexpected halt earlier this year, QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Todd La Torre has been using his recent pandemic downtime to put the finishing touches on his debut solo album, "Rejoice In The Suffering". The LP is scheduled for release globally on February 5, 2021 via Rat Pak Records. The disc's first single, "Darkened Majesty", can be streamed below. The track is a driving metal song complete with furious drumwork from La Torre, dynamic tempo shifts and showcases Todd's vocals in a way most fans have not heard before.
Says Todd: "'Darkened Majesty' was one of the last songs written for this album. After having much of this album written, we wanted a song that immediately started out with a faster tempo. To be perfectly honest, this song was completely written in two days. We felt that for a first song, this showcases some of that vocal and musical diversity that exists on the album.
"Thanks to everyone for all of the amazing interest and valued support of my debut solo album!!"
The idea for a solo album was always in the cards for Todd. With QUEENSRŸCHE tour dates postponed indefinitely, the world events offered Todd the opportunity to explore his ideas for the effort. Todd teamed up with longtime friend and collaborator Craig Blackwell, alongside producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris, to create a diverse heavy metal album that draws influence from different styles. These styles will surprise fans who only know La Torre from his previous work with QUEENSRŸCHE or CRIMSON GLORY.
Comments guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof; “This album not only commemorates the reunion between Mike and the band, but it also pays tribute to some of the more popular songs of that era. It’s really cool to see so many old fans and new fans of all ages enjoying these classics as we perform them live, so it only made sense to release this.”
Mike Howe adds: “It’s an honour to be back and it makes me very happy to see that almost 3 decades later, fans are still enjoying these songs!”