Queensryche
The Warning


4.0
excellent

Review

by lostforwords USER (37 Reviews)
February 19th, 2012 | 95 replies


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist


As strange as it might seem, Queensryche’s debut remains their most influential album up to this day; it also rests overshadowed by a series of legendary subsequent releases. It is undeniable that very few records could ever compete with albums such as “Rage for Order” and “Promised Land” in terms of vision, creativity and execution, let alone with “Operation Mindcrime”, their masterpiece - one of the best metal albums ever recorded- and it is exactly because of albums like these, that Queensryche are considered as the driving force in progressive metal during the 80’s and 90’s, back at a time when progressive only meant “forward thinking”. But then again “Warning” was the record that set the guidelines for nearly a decade to those who eventually formed the US power metal scene. Through power metal, which in their case is less dynamic than it is dark and less aggressive than it is energetic, the band started developing a sound that evolved around the NWOBHM and its key figures, but was more adventurous and ambitious than the average metal band and had a certain open mind-ness that even allowed bands like Pink Floyd to slip through the cracks, and reveal themselves in tracks such as “Roads to Madness”.

“Warning” surprises us by starting with the slow, marching title track, at a time when a fast opener was the rule. The somewhat weak production, which isn’t that heavier than, let’s say, the one in Priest’s “Killing Machine”, is striking, but soon enough the band’s weapons take over; twin guitar leads that bring the duet Tipton/Downing to mind, as performed best in “En Force”; Maiden-esque galloping rhythms and glorious choruses as heard in “Before the Storm”; above all, they are lucky enough to have found a very skilled and talented vocalist in Geoff Tate, whose voice follows Halford in terms of range and Dickinson in terms of complexity and creativity. His characteristic vocal lines highlight De Garmo’s songwriting, who displays a certain skill in writing songs that can be fist pumping but not immature, melodic without losing their edge, extremely memorable altogether but never ever cheesy, which is in fact a hard task, because much of “Warning” s dark atmosphere derives from its fantasy lyrics. The result is a record with no probable flaws, save maybe for “Child of Fire”. Despite its overall quality, there are a few standout tracks in Warning; “Deliverance” with its trademark riff and aggressive vocal line; “No Sanctuary”, where Queensryche become dramatic and lyrical, a very nice semi-ballad; “Roads to Madness”, Tate’s tour de force; and of course “Take Hold of the Flame”, the record’s smash hit and the best track in here.

Queensryche’s debut album is as important to any US power metal band, as “Stained Class” or “Piece of Mind” is. Sure, in “Warning” there are times that Queensryche can’t really hide their influences; sometimes they even sound as if they are trying to make an album that their peers would be proud to have created, but in the end it is exactly Ryche’s uniqueness that makes “Warning” really special. Through Queensryche’s vision the whole US power metal scene started shaping. Check any record you like, from “Awaken the Guardian” to “Graceful Inheritance”, it is “Warning” these records will remind you of first, before Priest and Maiden.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
KILL
February 19th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ok album

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lostforwords
February 19th 2012


446 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It was the last one I got into, and it has become my 3rd favorite since

J0ckstrapsFTW
February 19th 2012


3659 Comments


My friend busts his nut to these guys... Is it that good?

KILL
February 19th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the next 3 albums after this rule hard yea

TheNotrap
February 19th 2012


8132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Their best work is yet to come but The Warning remains a very enjoyable album.
Take Hold of the Flame is my favourite song here.

Pos for reviewing the best progressive metal band of the 80's.

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KILL
February 19th 2012


72280 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

prob prefer fates warning but not by much

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 19th 2012


6339 Comments


Rage For Order needs badly a good review as well.


Will read this later.




Edit: Good review, pos.

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Sound
February 19th 2012


3904 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Finally a review for this. Pretty good review too and props for getting it done. I agree with everything stated, Child of Fire def being the weakest on this. My rating sits between 3.5 and 4, leaning towards the latter.

Also regarding singers with great technique and range, one of the all time greats here.

scissorlocked
February 19th 2012


3511 Comments


nice work bro

album is a classic

@Voivod: I was thinkin on writing a review for Rage for Order, maybe I'll do it

Digging: Low Roar - Low Roar

lostforwords
February 21st 2012


446 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I always felt this record is a lot closer to Operation than to Rage, which is a huge leap forward. I thought that Rage is pure progressive, while Operation sounds like heavy/power with progressive tensions. Three impossible records anyway

lostforwords
May 26th 2012


446 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^
???????

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 24th 2012


6339 Comments


Listening to this right, easily between 3.5 and 4.

Old school and provocative at the same time.

Titan
September 30th 2012


5751 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the B side of this album might be the best they've ever done

TheNotrap
September 30th 2012


8132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Take Hold of the Flame ftw

Titan
February 15th 2013


5751 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

grossly underrated here

Titan
June 20th 2013


5751 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

1 page thread.....sad

beefshoes
June 20th 2013


4354 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, awesome stuff.


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Titan
June 20th 2013


5751 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

and Karnivool has like 100 pages or some shit....lol

NeroCorleone80
June 21st 2013


30107 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this is better than their whole discog

beefshoes
June 21st 2013


4354 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Queensryche in their prime, were more original than Karnivool.
Come on Sputnik. Don't engage in faux Prog.



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