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QUEENSRŸCHE ‘s TODD LA TORRE Confirms Drummer CASEY GRILLO’s Status On The Band’s New Album

Queensryche have been actively working in the studio on their next album for a tentative late 2022 release.

QUEENSRŸCHE have been actively working in the studio on their next album for a tentative late 2022 release.

The effort is being produced by Chris “Zeuss” Harris, who is returning after working with the band on their two previous outings – 2015’s “Condition Hüman” and 2019’s “The Verdict”.

Speaking with The Metal Summit, QUEENSRŸCHE singer Todd La Torre discussed the status of the album’s recording sessions. When asked if QUEENSRŸCHE’s touring drummer, Casey Grillo, plays on the new record, Todd said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Casey recorded all the drums for the new QUEENSRŸCHE album. The drum sound is fucking ridiculous… They just sound so, so thunderous and real. I don’t know, man. You’ll hear it when the record’s done, but it’s funny, because sometimes people will be, like, ‘Oh, that sounds replaced’ or ‘that’s sampled,’ and if you knew the time that was taken into miking the drums to get the perfect sound. It’s, like, no, our drum sounds are the sounds that you would wanna replace your sounds with.

“Casey played the drums on the record,” La Torre repeated. “He was a part of all of the songwriting, a very integral part of the entire process. And yeah, it sounds great. I’ve got one chorus left to finish and a little ending to one song, and then I’m done. All the bass is done, guitars — everything’s done. I’m the last guy here to finish, and we start rehearsals in two days [for the upcoming tour with JUDAS PRIEST]. So, yeah, it’s been really, really just grueling and grinding it out to get this deadline.”

Grillo has been filling in for QUEENSRŸCHE’s original drummer Scott Rockenfield for the past five years, as Scott stepped away from the band’s touring back in 2017 to spend time with family.

Back in October, Rockenfield filed a lawsuit against his fellow original members in QUEENSRŸCHE, Michael Wilton and Eddie Jackson, alleging breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and wrongful discharge from the group.

You can check out the full interview with Todd at this location.