|My Queensryche Album's List WORST to BEST|
For over 2 decades Queensryche have sat as gods atop the Progressive Metal realm. From their early works to their groundbreaking Operation Mindcrime opera, the band has gone through success, failure, consistency, and changes. Yet almost 20 years later, the band maintain a steady output and a devoted fanbase. Here I will outlay my ranking of their studio albums worst to best.
Yeah this album can just about fuck right off. Aside from the fact this album was made with such malicious and manipulative intent, the album itself is a rushed pile of garbage churned out by the increasingly senile Geoff Tate; a man with his head so far up his own ass he's digesting his face. The tracks are dull, the instrumentation is crap, and the sound quality is unbearable.
Dedicated to Chaos
Dedicated to Chaos was the proof that Geoff Tate didn't give a shit about the integrity of Queensryche, and that he certainly didn't give a fuck about the fans either. Dedicated to Chaos had a terrible track list, dull instrumentation, and was openly a cash in to insulting levels, as if Tate thought his fans were a bunch of brainless morons.
Tribe was where a lot of the animosity between Tate and the rest of his band started to boil over. As a result, this album lacked a consistent energy and its instrumentation lagged against the rhythm. The tracks felt disjointed and unfinished, and the production felt rushed as well.
It's funny because Q2K actually had some level of potential, but it was let down by Geoff Tate's refusal to do the thing his band is fucking good at. His unwillingness to stop being a sellout was a continuous issue for fans of the once Prog Metal Kings and Q2K was an indication that Geoff Tate intended to captain a sinking ship; a sinking ship he caused to sink in the first place.
Just because something was made with a heart in the right place, doesn't make it good. American Soldier was designed as a tribute to the armed forces, but ended up just being a box to hold Geoff Tate's over inflated ego.
Promised Land was a good album with hefty flaws. Coming right after the unparalleled success of Empire, Promised Land attempted to carve it's own identity but ended up languishing as a result. It was an album that didn't know whether it wanted to copy it's previous successes, or go for broke and try something new.
A good cover album, if completely unimaginative and further evidence of Geoff Tate's complete lack of knowing what the fuck he was doing. Take Cover had some good tracks and instrumentation, but many of the covers failed to empower the original songs, with many simply being recopies. Their cover of Welcome to the Machine, however, is absolutely gorgeous.
Their debut left a lot to be desired for. It was lacking in a central idea to hold it all together and was really an advertisement for the band, a prelude to what they would later accomplish. It was good, but the band would do far better.
After a startling s/t album Queensryche decided to go back to basics. While the result wasn't exactly groundbreaking, it was further proof that this newly invigorated band was on the right path.
Rage for Order
Rage for Order improved upon the original blueprints of The Warning, and the result was a great album that had the band diving head-first into Progressive Metal, establishing a wide fanbase and future critical acclaim. It had some great tracks and good ideas, though it was let down by some others.
Operation: Mindcrime II
The fan in me wants to hate this album purely out of principle, given that this album callously disregarded the other original band mates so Geoff Tate could do things 100% this way. It's insulting. The reality, however, is that this is an excellent album and a fine sequel to the original. Though it certainly isn't better, it has beautiful instrumentation and provides an excellent background story that plays with different themes. It is a well made album, even if it was made with such selfish contempt.
Hear in the Now Frontier
I'll be quite honest I do not understand the hate for this album. Sure Queensryche capitalized on the Grunge fad but, in comparison to later albums, this album was still very much Prog Metal at it's core. It had some amazing tracks and lyrics, with beautiful production on the part of Peter Collins.
As Geoff Tate battled his bandmates for control of the band, both parties would release their own respective albums. Of course, without a doubt, Geoff Tate was blown out of the water. This s/t album delivers some of the best material in the entire history of the band, with so many excellent tracks to choose from. Not to mention that Todd La Torre's vocals bring a more vibrant energy to the album than their previous material. Without a doubt, this album made Geoff Tate look like an idiot and reclaimed the band for the fans.
The album that gave Queensryche their legendary status. Operation Mincrime was a Metal Opera featuring some of the most intense chords, gorgeous instrumentation, ripping vocals by Geoff Tate, and heavy riffing resulting in a Prog Metal masterpiece with very few equals. Quintessentially one of the greatest Prog Metal albums ever made.
By and large one of the greatest Prog Metal albums ever made and the bands finest outing. Empire was the culmination of everything they learned from operation Mindcrime and improving upon it to create this colossal masterpiece. It contains some of my favorite tracks and Peter Collins once again becomes a median between Queensryche's want to evolve, and the fans need to stay the same.