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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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  • dermitrind

    Great show at Wacken Open Air

    3 Aug 12:44pm Reply
  • Kingtheking1

    Question all did the band Rewind from Queensryche tribute album do anything else? I cant find them anywhere.

    30 Jul 3:01am Reply
  • MikeySchenker New song. Not sounding that special to me though.

    21 Jul 1:45pm Reply
  • Hermes3megisto

    Well, better than an Operation Mindcrime just two Operation Mindcrime!!!

    15 Jul 7:00pm Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    After nearly 20 years listening to metal (and loads of concept albums) I've just got round to Operation Mindcrime and it is as good as everyone always said. It was a Vandals lyric that put me off: 'I've had [a mullet] since the first time I saw Queensryche'.

    5 Jun 11:29am Reply
  • stasson

    Группа отличная, спору нет, но для того, чтобы быть представителем жанра progressive metal - слишком лёгонькая.

    16 Apr 11:37am Reply
  • DrunkenAirplane

    Mmmmm, My Old Time Heroes !

    14 Apr 9:50pm Reply
  • Unknowndarkgirl

    old good classic

    2 Apr 9:51am Reply
  • Vicarious_Lord

    I am a bit puzzled why people think that La Torre is not a suitable replacement, considering that Tate was past his best long ago... Honestly, I think of his voice as a breath of fresh air in terms of QR's sound

    20 Mar 12:35pm Reply
  • TheOnlyMAD

    The best thing about Queensryche has always been the music and Tate wasn't responsible for the music, so Tate wasn't Queensryche at all.

    14 Mar 11:30am Reply
  • 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
  • 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
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