Queensryche
Queensryche EP


4.0
excellent

Review

by TerraIncognita USER (9 Reviews)
May 2nd, 2012 | 54 replies


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No frills, no ego. Fuck Geoff Tate for shitting on the legacy of the band that produced this album.

To the modern metal fan, Queensryche is usually nothing more than a joke. A band that has been skating through the last two decades solely on fan nostalgia and a breakout concept album that is nearly twenty-five years old. Of course, that's not an entirely accurate picture of the band's history but there's no denying that they've definitely been sidelined by ego and an unconcealed aversion to metal since the late nineties. It wasn't always like that, though. For a brief shining moment in the early eighties, the band knew nothing but the metal. In 1983 Queensryche released their self-titled debut EP, and it was straight-up metal without any shame. At that point they weren't looking for social commentary or high-brow concepts, and there definitely wasn't any ego actively driving the band into the ground. Instead, they were content to deliver four tracks of heavy riffs, shredding solos, fantasy lyrics and soaring vocals.

It is this EP that spawned fan-favorite 'The Queen of the Reich' and there's little doubt why they love it. This is eighties metal through-and-through. It features some of Geoff Tate's highest vocal acrobatics over a straight-up metal riff and a stern warning to metalheads everywhere: beware the Queen of the Reich – a point that's beaten home through a harmonized solo that transitions into some excellent shredding. While I'm not really sure if the Queen of the Reich ever claimed any victims, her supposed exploits definitely lead to one of the best songs in the Queensryche discography. If that wasn't enough, the next song comes with yet another metal warning: beware the night because he's loose again. Who exactly is loose you might ask… the Nightrider. Yes, it's amusing that so many early metal songs were stories about mythical beasts and scary dudes, but the awesome music and excellent vocals should be enough incentive to suspend disbelief for a few moments.

The album ends with another fan-favorite, 'The Lady Wore Black'. Is it another warning of impending doom at the hand of some spandex-clad horror? No, it's the Ryche's very first ballad and it's still one of their best. The song is a dark, moody piece that features Geoff's haunting vocals and lyrics that would make the guys in Cradle of Filth proud (in fact, its premise is very similar to 'A Gothic Romance'). At any rate, it's an excellent way for the band to finish off their only full-on metal album. This is the last time the band would be content with heavy riffs and a no-frills attitude, and it's worth any self-respecting metalhead's (do those people exist?) time.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
TerraIncognita
May 2nd 2012


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The version I reviewed only had four tracks. I think the fifth track didn't appear until a re-issue.

Willie
Moderator
May 2nd 2012


15976 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's a good starting point, but they really pulled out the quality for their next five albums, even if the metal aspect got diluted.

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Sound
May 2nd 2012


3901 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

m/


TheNotrap
May 2nd 2012


8070 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Interesting debut but their best work is yet to come.
Queen of the Reich and The Lady Wore Black are my favourite songs here.

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 2nd 2012


20676 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome EP. Queen of the Reich and The Lady Wore Black are two of my favourite Queensryche songs.

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Willie
Moderator
May 2nd 2012


15976 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think those two songs are everybody's favorites from the EP, but the other two aren't bad either.

J0ckstrapsFTW
May 2nd 2012


3652 Comments


Whoa dude your avatar is trippy

Willie
Moderator
May 2nd 2012


15976 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

So I've heard ;)

jesuslover46
February 3rd 2013


578 Comments


this new layout is queef

KILL
February 3rd 2013


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn sputnik really is dyin

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jesuslover46
February 3rd 2013


578 Comments


dude deviant is george w bush i swear

Willie
Moderator
February 3rd 2013


15976 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like the new layout. Metal fans are just scared of change ;)

KILL
February 3rd 2013


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hes more like nixon

jesuslover46
February 3rd 2013


578 Comments


hahaha nice

youre right willie, i dont dig any queensryche record after empire...go figure

KILL
February 3rd 2013


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude promised land has some rockers on it

Willie
Moderator
February 3rd 2013


15976 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It does. Damaged is one of their heaviest songs ever.

jesuslover46
February 3rd 2013


578 Comments


havent even heard the whole thing but someday

damn i wish geoff tate would play my school or somethin so i could hear the classics

Willie
Moderator
February 3rd 2013


15976 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Give him time... he's near the bottom of the drain already. All he needs to do is lose this court case and he'll be playing schools, bar mitzvah's and Bingo halls all over the south.

jesuslover46
February 3rd 2013


578 Comments


hell no shame, a gig's a gig

KILL
February 3rd 2013


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell budgie play kindergartens if they can do it anyone can



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