Queensrÿche

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Country United States
Added By Mike
14 years ago
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1984 Metal
1986 Rock
1988-2011 Metal
2013 Rock
2013-2015 Metal
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7.9 x24
Epic Neo Prog Metal/Hard Rock
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22 users rate this artist 7.0 or better, two users rate it lower. 14 users think it is prog, one user thinks it is merely related to prog and nobody thinks that it's not prog. show details
Track Statistics The database currently contains 181 studio tracks by Queensrÿche.
Track durations range from 08s to 10m 39s, averaging at 4m 24s with a standard deviation of 1m 27s.
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Review by Time_Signature 6 years ago <Permalink>
Queensrÿche - Frequency Unknown 2013
2.0
Non-Prog Metal
Queensrÿche were once one of the world's premier progressive metal bands, releasing sophisticated yet accessible classics like "Operation: Mindcrime", "Empire" and "The Promised Land" among others, but after "Hear in the Now Frontier", which took a more grunge-oriented turn things went downhill with only a couple of interesting releases amidst a mass of, compared to the classics, boring albums. As we all know, the post-"Frontiers" era has been turbulent and ended with Queensrÿche being slit into two: one consisting of the founding members plus Todd LaTorre and Parker Lundgren, and one with Geoff Tate and essentially a bunch of hired hands.

With both versions of Queensrÿche aiming to release an album in 2013, there was a bit of a race going on to release first, I think - a race which Tate won with the release of "Frequency Unknown" way before the other Queensrÿche released their album. But is the release of "Frequency Unknown" really a victory? Is it enough to just release an album before the other Queensrÿche?

Well, no. The album will of course also have to be musically interesting? And, to be frank, "Frequency Unknown" does not strike me as interesting. It features music which is more in the vein of post-"Frontier" Queensrÿche - that is, more alternative metal with grunge and groove elements, and very few, if any, progressive elements. There are some heavy moments to be sure as in 'Slave', 'Running Backwards' and 'Dare'. While there are some good moments on the album, such as many of the guitar solos provided by guest musicians like Lita Ford, K.K. Downing and Chris Poland, ... -> show full review
Review by Time_Signature 6 years ago <Permalink>
Queensrÿche - Queensrÿche 2013
8.5
Prog Metal
I guess you all know the story now. There are two Queensrÿches out there now: one featuring Geoff Tate and a bunch of hired hands and one featuring original members Michael Wilton, Eddied Jackson and Scott Rockenfield plus Parker Lundgren and Todd La Torre. Tate's Queensrÿche recently released "Frequency Unknown", which - to put it mildly - was a quite underwhelming affair which seemed a mere extension of Queensrÿche's mostly uninteresting output since the release of "Hear in the Now Frontier".

So, what about the La Torre-fronted version of Queensrÿche and their album, which is merely entitled "Queensrÿche"? Is that another load of post-"Hear in the Now Frontier" grunge-tinged alternative commercial rock?

No!

"Queensrÿche" sounds like Queensrÿche. You know, the first time I listened to this album, I felt happy. I felt like I'd met an old friend. Really, the Queensrÿche that I know and love is what you hear on albums like "Rage for Order", "The Warning", "Empire", and, of course, "Operation: Mindcrime", and "Queensrÿche" is a continuation of that classic Queensrÿche-style. It is almost as if the last sixteen years have been released and "Queensrÿche" were the album released after "Promised Land". What I'm trying to say is that Queensrÿche are back 'en force' and they sound better than they have more than fifteen years.

The twin guitars of the early years are back, as are the heavy riffs and edgy guitars - just check out 'Spore', 'Redemption', 'Vindication' and 'Fallout'. Picking up where they left off on "Empire", the band successfully combine melodic hard rock with traditional heavy metal, wrapping it in a multi-layered texture of sophostication and mild progressivity. Wilton and Lundgren's twin guitar attack is back up by Jackson's rock solid bass, and Scott ... -> show full review
Comment by PowerWyrm 8 years ago
Queensrÿche - Dedicated To Chaos 2011
6.5
Prog-Related Metal/Hard Rock
Another album, another musical style... This time, no progressive metal, but plain hard rock. Probably the album I like least, along with Q2K.
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Review by Time_Signature 8 years ago <Permalink>
Queensrÿche - Dedicated To Chaos 2011
5.0
Non-Prog Rock
This album has received a lot of really negative criticism from fans of the band, ranging from scathingly hateful reviews to reviews expressing disappointment and sadness that the once so mighty progressive metal band that was Queensrÿche has withered into a second-rate alternative rock band.

To be honest, I don't think that "Dedicated to Chaos" is that bad.

I mean, I certainly don't like it as much as I like "Operation: Mindcrime I & II", "The Warning", "The Promised Land" or even "American Soldier". There are non-metal alternative rock tracks on the album which lack the power and punch of the Queensrÿche albums of the golden age, such as 'Got it Bad', 'Around the World', and 'Big Noize', none of which I am a fan of which sound more like something U2 could have written (I have nothing agains U2 by the way). But I think that hardrocking tracks like 'Get Started', 'Hot Spot Junkie', 'Drive', 'At the Edge', 'I Take You', and 'Retail Therapy' are decent tracks which I do not mind listening to.

Now, the style is more in the vein of alternative rock and grunge rock than metal as such, and I do not consider this a progressive album at all. I prefer the Queensrÿche albums of the 80s and early 90s, but I actually enjoy "Dedicated to Chaos" more than "Hear in the Now Frontier".

For a progressive metal album, this is unimpressive. For a metal album, it is perhaps impotent. For a rock album, it is not bad.

(review originally posted at metalmusicarchives.com)
Review by Time_Signature 8 years ago <Permalink>
Queensrÿche - Take Cover 2007
4.0
Non-Prog Metal
While a great rock band with a lot of great original releases (and some less impressive ones, to be sure), Queensrÿche do not give the impression of being a great cover band - at least not on this release.

Now, I like cover versions and reinterpretations, but most of the tracks on this album strike me as not doing justice to the originals, and most of them come across to my ears as being, well, kind of bland.

The version of Queen's 'Innuendo', pretty much reflects the entire album; it never reaches the level of brilliance of the original and nor does it come across as an interesting reinterpretation of the original. This applies to most of the tunes on the album, with Queensrÿche's version of 'Neon Knights' - which I think is pretty good - as the sole exception.

Not my favorite Queensrÿche album, and not an album I would recommend as an introduction to the band.

(review originally posted on metalmusicarchives.com)
Review by Time_Signature 8 years ago <Permalink>
Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime II 2006
8.8
Prog-Related Metal
I think that this release has received more criticism than deserved. A lot of people dislike it simply because it is a sequel to a masterpiece. "Operation: Mindcrime II" may not be a masterpiece like "Operation: Mindcrime" (or "Empire" for that matter), but I think it is a pretty good album, and probably Queensrüche's best release of the 2000s.

"Operation: Mindcrime II" has a more modern sound than Queensrÿche's masterpieces of the 80s, but still recognizable as a Queensryche release. I mean it has all the drame and social commentary, and almost the same level of sophistication, as "Operation: Mindcrime", and a lot of the tracks are very solid rockers with Geoff Tate returning to form vocals-wise. There is also a guest appearance by Ronnie James Dio, who provides the voice of the villain Dr. X.

This is an underrated heavy metal album and, for my money, a more that worthy sequel to "Operation: Mindcrime".

(review originally posted on metalmusicarchives.com)
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Review by Time_Signature 8 years ago <Permalink>
Queensrÿche - Hear In The Now Frontier 1997
5.5
Non-Prog Rock
After the brilliant hardrockers "Operation: Mindcrime" and "Empire" and the different, but almost as brilliant "The Promised Land", Queensrÿche decide to change their style again on "Hear in the Now Frontier", and - well, this album just does not work at all for me.

This is Queensrÿche attempting to play 90s alt rock, something which a lot of other bands did much better back then. Well nigh the most boring Queensrÿche album I have ever heard, and I found it kind of sad that a band like Queensrÿche actually tried to follow the mainstream at the time.

But nice try, of course, and there are a couple of decent songs on this album, nonetheless, like 'The Sign of the Times', 'Hit the Black' and 'sp00l'.

(review originally posted on metalmusicarchives.com)
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Review by Time_Signature 8 years ago <Permalink>
Queensrÿche - Empire 1990
9.4
Prog-Related Metal
The follow-up to "Operation: Mindcrime", "Empire" does not falter in the shade of its predecessor, as it teems with catchy and intelligent hard rock tunes.

This is probably my favorite Queensrÿche album, because it is sophisticated and thought-provoking while at the same time very catchy and accessible. While, Queensrÿche tend to constantly redefine themselves, "Empire" pretty much picks up stylistically where "Operation: Mindcrime" left off. There are plenty of captivating uplifting hardrock and metal riffs on this release, and, like on "Operation: Mindcrime", Geoff Tate makes effective use of his impressive vocal register (just check out 'The Thin Line'). The rhythm section is rock solid, and Scott Rockenfield shows that you do not have to be hyper technical to make things work in progressive metal - he does a superb job on this release.

Like on "Operation: Mindcrime", there are no weak tracks on this album, and it is no secret that some of my all time favorite rock tracks are found on "Empire", such as the title track, 'Best I Can', 'The Thin Line', 'Jet City Woman', 'Another Rainy Night (Without You)', and 'Anybody Listening?'.

One of the finest prog metal releases around, this should appeal to fans of both sophisticated and progressive music as well as to those who prefer more accessible rock music.

(review originally posted on metalmusicarchives.com)
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Review by Time_Signature 8 years ago <Permalink>
Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime 1988
9.4
Prog-Related Metal
After a couple of good releases in the form of the "Queensrÿche" EP and the "Warning" and "Rage for Order", Queensrÿche release the concept album "Operation: Mindcrime", which is heralded by many as the band's masterpiece. And I think that the 'masterpiece' predicate is fully deserved.

The music is progressive, modern and different, yet with an accessible and recognizable sound and lots of rocking energy. There is an overall catchiness to the riffs on this album and many of the vocals melodies are of the sort that just stick to one's brain forever. Geoff Tate's performance is no less than impressive on this album, as he shows off his incredible vocal range, going from a deep booming voice to soaring high vocals (just check 'Speak).

Apart from the fillers, there are no weak tracks on this album, and tracks like 'Revolution Calling', 'Operation: Mindcrime', 'Speak', 'Suite Sister Mary' and 'I Don't Believe in Love' are outstanding.

This is a classic conspiracy-themed rock album recommended to any thinking person with a weakness for rock 'n' roll.

(review originally posted on metalmusicarchives.com)
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Comment by jsem 8 years ago
Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime 1988
9.5
Prog Metal
One of the greatest albums of all time. It has amazing atmosphere and concept. The use of the cult-like chants in Suite Sister Mary and such effects add to the tension and the story is told brilliantly.
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Review by Time_Signature 9 years ago <Permalink>
Queensrÿche - Mindcrime at the Moore 2007, DVD
9.0
Epic Prog Metal
"Operation: Mindcrime" was, and still is, a legendary release in the world of metal, and it was appreciated not only within the sphere of progressive metal, but by fans of all sorts of different types of metal. And listening to the album, one quickly realizes why - it's simply amazing.

"Operation: Mindcrime II" is the sequel to "Operation: Mindcrime", but it was never as successful, and some people don't even like it. Personally, I like "Mindcrime II", although not as much as the original "Mindcrime", for having a more updated sound and not just being a repetition of first one.

Anyway, this live DVD gives you both albums performed live in their entirety at The Moore Theater in the band's hometown Seattle, and whether you like "Mindcrime II" or not, you are in for a treat with the performance of both albums. This show has everything that the thinking man, or person to be non-sexist, of metal should love about Queensrÿche: rock 'n' roll, drama, political ... -> show full review
Comment by J-Man 10 years ago
Queensrÿche - American Soldier 2009
7.0
Prog-Related Metal
A decent album from start to finish. No surprises, nothing unique or out of the ordinary, but it is solid for the most part.
Review by Time_Signature 10 years ago <Permalink>
Queensrÿche - American Soldier 2009
8.2
Prog-Related Metal
True, this album does not reach the standard of the Queensrÿche classics of the 80s and 90s - and it probably is not intended to be like those albums, given that Queensrÿche tend to reinvent their sound very often.

However, it does contain some elements that are reminiscent of some of the stuff found on albums like "Rage for Order", "Operation: Mind Crime", and "Empire" in the form of a couple of solid hard rocking riffs every now and then. It also seems to have some of the same dark atmosphere found on "The Promised Land", which suits the lyrical content quite well. It's no "Hear in the Now Frontier" either - fortunately - but, unfortunately, it does contain some grungy elements that make one think of "Hear in the Now Frontier".

But, surely, "American Soldier" is one of the better Queensrÿche albums of their post-2000 career, and as a mildly progressive alternative metal/rock album, it works fine.

(review originally posted on metalmusicarchives.com)
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Review by Time_Signature 10 years ago <Permalink>
Queensrÿche - If I Were King 2009, Single
8.5
Prog-Related Metal/Rock
Available through TDC Play (and probably elsewhere), this digital 1-track single is a taste of things to come as it contains a tune from the forthcoming "American Soldier" album. "If I Were King" is certainly a nice track with some interesting guitar riffs, but at times it also sounds a bit too 90s grunge-rock-ish for my tastes. Still, things look promising.
Comment by Time_Signature
Queensrÿche - Queensrÿche 1983, EP
8.5
Prog-Related Metal
There are inklings of the later QR originality on this EP, which contains four, if not always top notch, then at least solid 80s style - yet original - tunes (although there are some bloopers which were not fixed).
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Comment by rushfan4 11 years ago
Queensrÿche - Take Cover 2007
7.5
Prog-Related Metal
Unlike many, I tend to enjoy cover songs and cover albums as a way of seeing how some of my favorite bands might sound doing another bands music and there are always a few song that I have never previously heard before so it might lead to new discoveries. That being said, while a fun listen, I would guess that this was done under label pressure and to fulfill contract obligations and won't appeal to those who frown upon these kind of albums.
Review by Time_Signature 11 years ago <Permalink>
Queensrÿche - Rage For Order 1986
8.2
Prog-Related Metal
While more original and more QR than "The Warning", "RfO" is a much more shaky affair, and it seems that QR are struggling to find the equilibrium between catchiness and progressivity which is masterfully achieved on "Operation: Mindcrime" and "Empire". But all in all a good album (albeit slightly dates production-wise), and an important one in the history of QR; and there's a great live version of "The Killing Words" on the remastered edition (and a terrible version of "Gonna Get Close to you").
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Review by Time_Signature 11 years ago <Permalink>
Queensrÿche - Promised Land 1994
9.2
Prog Metal
Certainly one of the most interesting QR albums in terms of composition, production and instrumentation. I'm thinking of the somewhat prominent use of saxophones on some of the tracks, which works very well.

Production-wise it has a much more modern sound than 'Operation: Mindcrime' and 'Empire', but it also lacks some of the catchy hard rock energy of both of the above.

The remastered version of the album contains a full-band version of "Someone Else?" which is much better than the one on the original album. It also contains the symphonic bonus track "Real World".

I don't know if hard core metal fans would appreciate this album, or even consider it metal, but it certainly is a very interesting and different album.
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Comment by Time_Signature
Queensrÿche - The Warning 1984
8.6
Prog Metal
A good debut, but not the best QR-album, "The Warning" is very much influenced by the likes of iron Maiden. Obviously less original than the albums to follow, "The Warning" is nonetheless a solid heavy metal album with progressive elements ubiquitously present.
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Comment by Mike 13 years ago
Queensrÿche - Promised Land 1994
9.3
Experimental Prog Metal
Absolutely brilliant album, and their most progressive effort to date. This is actually quite experimental and daring music compared to Operation: Mindcrime and Empire, which I also happen to like very much, but never considered to be particularly progressive.
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Operation: Mindcrime 1988
 #1

9.0 x17
Neo Prog Metal/Rock
American Soldier 2009
 #2

7.9 x11
Prog Metal
Empire 1990
 #3

8.4 x9
Neo Prog-Related Metal
Promised Land 1994
 #4

8.8 x7
Experimental Prog Metal/Rock
Operation: Mindcrime II 2006
 #5

7.1 x10
Prog Metal
Rage For Order 1986
 #6

7.9 x8
Neo Prog Rock/Metal
The Warning 1984
 #7

7.9 x7
Prog Metal
Queensrÿche 2013
 #8

8.5 x4
Prog Metal
Tribe 2003
 #9

7.4 x5
Prog Metal
Hear In The Now Frontier 1997
 #10

7.3 x5
Prog-Related Metal/Rock
Condition Human 2015
 #11

8.1 x3
Prog Metal
Q2K 1999
 #12

7.3 x3
Prog-Related Metal
Frequency Unknown 2013
 #13

6.0 x3
Non-Prog Hard Rock/Metal
Greatest Hits 2000
 #14

7.6 x2
Prog Metal
Dedicated To Chaos 2011
 #15

6.5 x4
Prog-Related Metal/Hard Rock
Take Cover 2007
 #16

6.0 x2
Non-Prog Metal
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