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Queensrÿche (pron.: /ˈkwiːnzraɪk/) is an American band.

Queensrÿche started as The Mob in 1981, by guitarist Michael Wilton, drummer Scot Rockenfield, guitarist Chris Degarmo and bassist Eddie Jackson. Without a singer, they recruited Geoff Tate to sing for them at a local rock festival. At the time, Tate was in other band called Babylon. After Babylon broke up, Tate performed a few shows with The Mob but left. In 1981, The Mob put together sufficient funds to record a demo tape. Once again they asked Tate, he was in other band Myth, for singing the vocals and 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”. After the EP garnered international praise, receiving much airplay and selling an unusual amount of copies for a small independent release, Tate agreed to leave Myth and become Queensrÿche’s permanent lead singer.

With the 1st full-length album “The Warning” in 1984 and their follow-up album “Rage For Order” in 1986, Queensryche continued to prove their worldwide dominance as one of the most respected and creative bands of the 80’s. The band received worldwide acclaim after the album “Operation: Mindcrime” in 1988, which is often considered one of the greatest concept albums of all time.


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    8 Apr 6:47am Reply
  • eternalgenesis

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

    18 Mar 7:24pm Reply
  • TheRealDBF

    Wish I knew about these guys earlier.

    15 Mar 5:51pm Reply
  • DeValanten

    |V| - Indeed, after "Hear The Now Frontier", they should be stopped. DeGarmo was the main gear of Queensryche, with his remarkable sound and distinctive musical thoughts.

    8 Mar 6:38pm Reply
  • kritrucci

    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.

    5 Mar 4:04pm Reply
  • Veinrot

    One of the greatest bands of all time when they were in their prime.

    4 Mar 10:40pm Reply
  • WayneBirch

    Also completely agree with Thradar. It's no coincidence that it coincides with DeGarmo's departure. They missed him and it showed. Rage For Order is my favourite for what it's worth (almost nothing :D)

    19 Feb 3:56pm Reply
  • storagemusic

    I hate all this live shit that last FM plays for QR. i like live in person.

    18 Feb 5:46pm Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    And that one isn't too interesting either...

    10 Feb 3:59pm Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    Almost completely agree with the guy just below me. They didn't die for me but: just from the EP to Promised land, the albums were pretty much interesting from the first unto the last song. For me the everyting upt to that moment made them my favourite band ever. Later albums just a few songs appeal to me on each one of them. Even could not be bothered anymore to listen to the albums after Operation: Mindcrime II.

    10 Feb 3:58pm Reply
  • Thradar

    For me QR died with Hear in the Now Frontier, and I was there from the beginning when the EP was released. Yes, they've had their moments on albums from now and then, but that was the last time I really found the stuff compelling and interesting to listen to. I mean, hell...The Warning through Promised Land is just EPIC stuff.

    18 Jan 1:10am Reply
  • Altron2

    i think you allare missing the point here. There are now two Queensryches. One maybe better than the other that's opinion based really. But now theres two so you all get double queensryche!!!!

    31 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ProgressiveDoom

    Geoff Tate lyrics mean so much to me :) always will

    31 Dec 2013 Reply
  • defnoob

    Geoff has been a shit vocalist for two decades now. Sorry to burst your bubble Tate fans, he was at his apex during their first EP and first album, but then when they started to play Dadrock Stadium shit his vocals got worse.

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Piske81

    Even if you don't like Geoff's work, bashing his melodies and lyrics is so stupid because the new ''real'' singer (as much as I appreciate what Todd has done for the band) tries his best to sound like him and write lyrics reminescent of Geoff's style

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Acarith777

    JMFG2112 please go get a copy of Tate'sryche and listen to it until you puke (which will probably been by track 2 or 3). Queensrÿche are much better without the sniveling Tate at the helm now. The real Queensrÿche have suffered enough with Tate's crappy melodies and lyrics long enough. Now that the band have gotten a "real" singer, they can move on to bigger and better things. Geoff Tate can take his sorry solo career and hired guns band and go pretend to rock out while drinking Tate's Insania wine (which also tastes like crap).

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • JMFG2112

    Queensrÿche without Geoff isn't the real Queensrÿche. Sorry, but Queensrÿche died when Tate just move away.

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Veinrot

    Queensrÿche's latest album was like a steak: Maybe there could have been more to it, but it all seemed savory and satisfying. Tatesrÿche's latest album was like half a bag of potato chips. [2]

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • nicolasbj

    @Neue_regel_: the rest of that LP sucks! :(

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • promisedeyes

    Queensrÿche's latest album was like a steak: Maybe there could have been more to it, but it all seemed savory and satisfying. Tatesrÿche's latest album was like half a bag of potato chips.

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
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