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Queensryche announce their return with new album The Verdict

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Queensryche have announced that their new studio album will be released early next year.

The follow-up to 2015’s Condition Human is titled The Verdict – and it’ll launch on March 1 via Century Media.

Queensryche frontman Todd La Torre says: “I’m extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish on this record. The relentless dedication and hard work of everyone involved has been very rewarding. 

“I am excited and looking forward to it no longer just belonging to us, but belonging to the world. We hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it.”

Guitarist Michael ‘Whip’ Wilton adds: “The Verdict is the most metal and the most progressive record we have made in a long time. I couldn't possibly be more excited for everyone to hear this.”

Pre-orders are currently being taken exclusively through PledgeMusic (opens in new tab), where backers can get their hands on a range of extras including signed CDs and vinyl, hoodies and t-shirts, handwritten lyric sheets and even the chance to be an extra in one of their videos.

Queensryche have one live show planned for this year at Jackson, California, on December 20. They’ll then embark on further dates across the the US before retuning to Europe next August for shows at Wacken Open Air and Bloodstock (opens in new tab).

A full tracklist for The Verdict will be revealed in due course.

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