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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. Queensrÿche 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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  • bsod0

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

    4 Jul 10:52am Reply
  • MrMetal777

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

    15 Jun 6:02am Reply
  • MrMetal777

    everyone using the dots here I guess? Both should work

    15 Jun 5:58am Reply
  • mattimek

    + Cold +

    8 Jun 12:38pm Reply
  • Rana_Nusair

    Perfect. Just.. Perfect!

    3 May 8:35pm Reply
  • super_ruben09

    I'm glad this mess is finally sorted out.

    28 Apr 4:50pm Reply
  • Twiggy3

    All sorted out!

    28 Apr 2:57pm Reply


    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
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