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R.i.p. Queensryche: 1981-2011

Queensryche was a progressive rock/metal band from Bellevue, WA. Founded in 1981, the band produced some very successful albums (and an EP) throughout the mid 80's and the early 90's, but slowly began to derail at the hands of lead singer turned egomaniac Geoff Tate. In 2011, the death knell rang loud with the failure of their last album coupled with the growth of Tate's aforementioned ego. With that said, this list is dedicated to the memory of a band that peaked so triumphantly in their early days, and said days will be remembered forever by rock and metal fans.
1Queensryche
Operation: Mindcrime


This was Queensryche's finest hour, an album that showed they could play with the big boys (i.e. Iron Maiden). It was also an album that showcased total brilliance in both concept and execution, and suggested that the progressive music marketplace was far from dead. Each track is a standout; includes but not limited to "I Don't Believe in Love", "Eyes of a Stranger", title track, and "Revolution Calling".
2Queensryche
Empire


Some die-hard Queensryche fans did not approach this album kindly in 1990 (this would also happen to Metallica the following year), but for many people (myself included), this was still a delightful album that rocked hard and also expended the Bellevue quintet's musical horizons. From the energetic "Jet City Woman" and the haunting "Silent Lucidity" to the thunderous title track, and even the surprise closer "Anybody's Listening?", this album has alot in store for the common rock/metal buff.
3Queensryche
Rage for Order


"Rage for Order" showed the band's transition from scrappy underdogs to hard rock connoisseurs with an edgy, gothic influence, rooted in progressive brevity and filled with melody. The album also contains sharp craftsmanship throughout.
4Queensryche
Queensryche


This imaginative 5-track debut (6 upon its eventual remaster) is pretty much the beginning of all that would be associated with Queensryche, and it shows in tracks such as the fan-favorite "Queen of the Reich".
5Queensryche
Promised Land


Fans continued to be somewhat alienated with this long-awaited 1994 title that had more akin to 70's Pink Floyd than early Queensryche. It is, however, redeemed by haunting atmosphere, some strong performances by the band, and first-class production. Highlights include "Bridge", "Disconnected" and "I Am I".
6Queensryche
The Warning


The band's proper debut is a continuation of the promises made by their self-titled EP, and for the most part, does not disappoint.
7Queensryche
American Soldier


A mild success considering the artistic turmoil Queensryche went through during the 2000's, "American Soldier" boasts some thoughtful ideas, but often middling execution prevents it from realizing its potential.
8Queensryche
Operation: Mindcrime II


A somewhat unnecessary sequel to one of metal's best albums. It is suggested you stick to the 1988 original.
9Queensryche
Hear in the Now Frontier


Queensryche begins to sign their creative death sentence with the fairly unsuccessful "Hear in the Now Frontier", featuring some tracks that sound like they belong in a Nirvana or Soundgarden record. Guess fortune and fame can only go so far in life.
10Queensryche
Tribe


Another failed release from Tate and Co., and an album that lacks punch.
11Queensryche
Take Cover


A pointless album, spawned only to generate cash flow, Queensryche continues down the bad path with a ill-advised cover album that's sure to generate backlash from both fans of both the band and their influences.
12Queensryche
Q2K


Earth to Geoff Tate, you got a Q2K problem, here!
13Queensryche
Dedicated to Chaos


One of the biggest failures in metal history, "Dedicated to Chaos" is the victim of everything that's wrong with the band at this point: egotistic/self-relential lyrics, artificial production, and a real lack of direction; a disastrous cocktail of dance-inspired pop and hard rock music cliches. Some reviewers said it was so bad they renounced their fandom, and even threatened to shoot people!! Long story shot, it's a terrible album that should not be heard by anyone.
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