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Queensrÿche (pron.: /ˈkwiːnzraɪk/) is an American band best known for their critically acclaimed albums ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ and ‘Empire’, from 1988 and 1990 respectively, which involve strong, detailed social and psychological themes. The band has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. It started as The Mob in 1981, which included guitarist Michael Wilton, drummer Scot Rockenfield, guitarist Chris Degarmo, and bassist Eddie Jackson. Lacking a vocalist, they recruited Geoff Tate to sing for them at a local festival.

At the time, Tate performed in Babylon, influenced by classic vocalists. After Babylon broke up, Tate performed a few shows with The Mob but left. In 1981, the budding band put together sufficient funds to record a demo tape. Once again they asked Tate, then in in other outfit called Myth, to sing the vocals and otherwise collaborate. They recorded four songs: “Queen of the Reich”, “Nightrider”, “Blinded”, and “The Lady Wore Black”.

Because the name “The Mob” was not available, they decided to name the band Queensryche after the first song on their demo tape, “Queen of the Reich”. In 1983, Queensryche released their demo tape as a self-titled EP ‘Queensryche’ (often known today as ‘Queensryche (EP)’ or under similar names). After the EP garnered international praise, receiving much airplay and selling an unusual amount of copies for a small independent release as critics compared them to contemporaries such as Iron Maiden, Tate agreed to leave Myth and become Queensrÿche’s permanent lead singer.


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  • gzecchino

    Listened again to them after around 2 decades! Old memories came back as a waterfall. Sad to hear of De Garmo's departure and the controversy with Tate. But good music lives on.

    23 Feb 11:33am Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    Operation: Mindcrime!!

    18 Feb 12:29am Reply
  • LaserLobotomy

    I believe the decay of this amazing band is the result of 1) de Garmo's departure 2) Tate's voice deterioration (compare live evolution to livecrime, if you haven't seen them live after 2000) 3) Tate's dictatorship in the band after de Garmo's exit, ranging from management to music decisions. I like the new cd with la Torre, he is a great early-Tate imitator and brings back memories. Of course, I wouldn't expect anything close to Mindcrime or Promised Land, but a band that does not disgrace the name Queensryche. In my opinion, the band should have broken up after de Garmo's departure. [2]

    29 Jan 6:41pm Reply
  • Widomaker121212

    Tate was queensrÿche enough said. Out of all current and former members he was the most important. Todd latorre doesn't deserve to fill his position or imao his coffee cup at Starbucks

    7 Jan 9:00pm Reply
  • UNITY_fm

    Queensrÿche is one of those bands that gets completely overshadowed by their best album.They released a few good albums aside from "Operation: Mindcrime" but this album tops everything.

    4 Jan 7:57pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    the pain you feel does not heal . . . why is he in a grave an not i

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • hamitic

    help no one.

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Thradar

    So sick of Silent Lucidity. Was sick of it about 1 month after Empire came out.

    16 Oct 2014 Reply

    Progressive Gay Glam Rock

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    First listen to FU, not half bad I must say. Pleasantly surprised even. Maybe 2 songs I just don't care for... at all (not counting the re-recordings), better than many of albums after Promised Land.

    17 Aug 2014 Reply
  • mk741

    While I didn't care for the self-titled, it's nice to know the band finally severed their connections with Taint.

    8 Aug 2014 Reply
  • bsod0

    Operation: Mindcrime just blew my mind.. Amazing album.

    4 Jul 2014 Reply
  • MrMetal777

    one should use the dots, the other should not? Nah that would really be confusing

    15 Jun 2014 Reply
  • MrMetal777

    everyone using the dots here I guess? Both should work

    15 Jun 2014 Reply
  • mattimek

    + Cold +

    8 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Rana_Nusair

    Perfect. Just.. Perfect!

    3 May 2014 Reply
  • super_ruben09

    I'm glad this mess is finally sorted out.

    28 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Twiggy3

    All sorted out!

    28 Apr 2014 Reply


    8 Apr 2014 Reply
  • eternalgenesis

    I don't understand how can they be half terrible and half amazing?

    18 Mar 2014 Reply
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