As the world celebrate the momentous end to 2020 and a hopeful promise of an exciting 2021, Queensrÿche vocalist Todd La Torre is releasing the first official music video from his upcoming debut solo album Rejoice In The Suffering. The music video for “Vanguards Of The Dawn Wall” was filmed in Florida and features Todd and guitarist Craig Blackwell delivering the punishing track in front of a giant rock wall. The song and video was inspired by rock climbing documentaries that Todd had watched while recording for the debut album. The song further showcases the influence that metal has on La Torre has and continues to surprise fans and critics that know him from his work in Queensrÿche. The music video for “Vanguards of the Dawn Wall can be seen here:https://youtu.be/G4KZuLxtv74.
“‘Vanguards of the Dawn Wall’ is a full throttle thrasher! We wanted a no nonsense fast paced shredder, with intense guitar riffs, solos, drumwork, and vocals. This song was inspired by a few different documentaries surrounding two particular near insurmountable feats of rock climbing. While initially written about those achievements, this song is really meant to represent and embody this very special breed and the spirit of all climbing,” explains Todd La Torre.
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. Todd teamed up with longtime friend and collaborator Craig Blackwell, creating a diverse heavy metal album that draws influence from different styles. Mixing and mastering was handled by Zeuss. From the album’s opening riffs of “Dogmata” to the vocal acrobatics that drive the album closer “Apology,” it is apparent that Todd La Torre has a true love of heavy metal. A static video for “Darkened Majesty” was release last month and can be seen here: https://youtu.be/n6BU39L2N9I. Rejoice In The Suffering is scheduled for release globally on February 5, 2021 via Rat Pak Records. The deluxe version of the album features 3 bonus tracks: “Fractured,” “Set It Off” and “One by One.” Fans can pre-order the album in various bundle configurations here: http://ratpakrecords.com/ToddLaTorre or digitally via iTunes here: https://smarturl.it/tltitunes.
The track listing for Rejoice In The Suffering:
- Hellbound and Down
- Darkened Majesty
- Crossroads to Insanity
- Critical Cynic
- Rejoice in the Suffering
- Vanguards of the Dawn Wall
Bonus Tracks (Deluxe Version Only)
- Set it Off
- One by One
About Todd La Torre:
Todd La Torre joined his first band Blackwell as the drummer, performing in high school talent shows and entering into the club rock music scene in Tampa Bay, FL. In 2009, Todd was suggested to Crimson Glory guitarist Jon Drenning by a mutual friend to help with some vocal rehearsals in preparation for a Crimson Glory memorial concert. This would pave the way for more collaborations with the band, eventually joining as the band’s new permanent vocalist. La Torre was the lead singer for Crimson Glory from late 2010 until resigned from the band in early 2013. In 2012, Todd became a household name when he officially became the new lead vocalist of Queensrÿche. The band immediately began touring globally and started writing new material for the self-titled 2013 album Queensrÿche. To date, Queensrÿche has released three studio albums with Todd La Torre: Queensrÿche (2013), Condition Hüman (2015), and The Verdict (2019). Currently the band is writing new material for a fourth release under Century Media Records.