is the eponymous first studio album by the Todd La Torre – fronted version of the American progressive Heavy Metal band following the departure of their previous vocalist, Geoff Tate
. The former Crimson Glory singer told Dead Rhetoric
that it was easy to jump into songwriting mode with his new bandmates: "When I first joined the band, I wondered, 'Here's these guys, they've got a way, so by me entering, how do these guys work?," La Torre explained. "Much to my pleasant surprise, they were... they're just like you and me. It would be like, 'Hey guys, I got this idea. Michael, let me see your guitar real quick so I can show you.' And I'd play something. And then he would learn it, then make it his way, which gives it that Queensrÿche flavor. Scotty let me do some drumming and writing on some things."
"A lot of the marching quality heard on 'Where Dreams Go to Die' was mine," he continued. "I just wrote that with Parker initially just to give it some structure, so when we showed it to the guys, we would be able to sell them what we were hearing, then everyone else would be able to put their stamp on it, then become a true band collaboration. They were very open-minded, no ego, completely throw any idea you have into the pot, let's stir it up and whatever is the tastiest is what we're going to keep."