Promised Land

Capitol USA (catalog)
Release date
20 Mar 2007
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Queensryche - 9:28 a.m. 0:00 1,835
2 Queensryche - I Am I 3:57 4,440
3 Queensryche - Damaged 0:00 3,061
4 Queensryche - Out Of Mind 0:00 2,633
5 Queensryche - Bridge 0:00 4,462
6 Queensryche - Promised Land 0:00 2,641
7 Queensryche - Disconnected 0:00 1,819
8 Queensryche - Lady Jane 0:00 2,979
9 Queensryche - My Global Mind 0:00 2,277
10 Queensryche - One More Time 0:00 2,325
11 Queensryche - Someone Else? 0:00 1,584

About this album

Promised Land was the fifth studio album by American heavy metal band Queensrÿche and their highest charting record to date. It was released by EMI on 18 October 1994, 4 years after their successful Empire album.

Although not a concept album, the songs are tied together firmly by the theme of success and how to deal with it, and reflections on American society and how that shapes our goals in life.

The album opens with a piece of musique concrete, “9.28 a.m.”, put together by drummer Scott Rockenfield, which by the sound of a crying baby floats into “I Am I”. This is a typical Queensryche song driven by a heavy riff and Tate’s landmark vocals to a background of percussion instruments. Chris DeGarmo performs cello and sitar parts on this song as well as the guitar solo. After almost four minutes it merges into “Damaged”, a more straightforward heavy rocker.

“Out of Mind” and the subsequent “Bridge” are more quiet acoustic pieces, both of whose lyrics were written by Chris DeGarmo. The last one deals with the relationship with his father, who died during the Promised Land sessions.

The eight-minute title track is the first track in the Queensryche catalogue to be credited to the entire group. It is a rather dark piece, full of Rockenfield tape effects, DeGarmo/Wilton twin guitar work and it marks Tate’s first appearance as a saxophonist. On this track the theme of the album is most present, as it deals with the drawbacks of success.

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  • Piske81

    Their masterpiece... Even O:MC can't compete

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Anteat3r

    Disconnected and Promised Land (the title track) really make this album IMO. There's a good reason why PL is considered to be QR's last great album until the Todd La Torre lineup's recent self-titled came out. The energy here is just striking!

    5 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Lionheartattack

    Finally listened to Promised Land again. I think these were my first PL scrobbles. Pretty groovy album actually, although nothing special in that department (either) really. Still sounded pretty nice. Much more psychedelic than I remembered. I can't say I got into it, it still remains pretty distant. A little better or as good as Empire, which is not one of my QR favorites. The same thing as with Rage for Order: first few times through haven't done it, although I think there's potential for it to grow on me. I'd say surprisingly similar to RfO, too. Strangely, my favorite songs come from what usually is the most uninteresting part in the album for me: third quarter! Some parts of Promised Land, then the song Disconnected as a whole, and its fading into Lady Jane, and two next songs, were my favorite parts as of now! Ending half seems better than the first anyway. Those three songs I know the best from compilation -- I Am I, Bridge and Someone Else? -- still aren't my thing though. :/

    17 Jul 2012 Reply
  • chaovsky

    Criminally underrated, but for me at least, their last truly great album. The dark and introspective mood it creates feels like some kind of twisted hangover after the polished sheen and the success of "Empire". Perfect follow-up (except for"My global mind", which is a turd).

    17 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Foxer35

    Beautiful, beautiful album. Shame so many of the other fans lump it into the "it isn't Empire or Mindcrime, so it sucks" category.

    4 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Mindcrime-III

    This album is so great. American Soldier sounds a bit like Promised Land (P.L. is better). Damaged and especially Promised Land are so good.

    22 Mar 2011 Reply
  • chaz6743

    Disconnected....I AM I.....Great licks--Perfection!

    4 Oct 2010 Reply
  • katsman67

    My favourite 'Ryche album! The atmosphere rules.

    2 Jun 2010 Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    Along with O. M. and Rage this is probably my favourite of this incredible band. Some of their most beautiful wok is to be found on this album. More depressive as their earlier work... and Geoff´s voice really is perfect for this piece of art!

    25 Dec 2009 Reply
  • kevawesome

    This album just never got the recognition it deserved. Probably their best, or at least their most experimental. My favorite.

    15 Oct 2009 Reply
  • HamburgerBoy

    This album was already jizzworthy before, but I'm listening to it on good headphones instead of $5 earbuds for the first time and amagad, how it is better yet. <3 <3 <3

    6 Sep 2009 Reply
  • BurningRemnant

    Great album, but a minor step down from 1983-1990. One More Time and Bridge are my favourites. The intro, btw, is useless

    16 Jul 2009 Reply
  • omnibus92

    my favorite, too. title track is amazing, but other aren't worse.

    5 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Negoba

    Mindcrime was / is my favorite, but this was a pleasant surprise when it came out, a step up from Empire.

    11 Mar 2009 Reply
  • evilinvader

    M personal favorite. What an album!!

    9 Mar 2009 Reply
  • bucky01403

    I dare anyone to say this album is a collection of Silent Lucidities.

    7 Feb 2009 Reply
  • raznuzdan

    Великолепный альбом. Люблю его даже больше, чем Operation:Mindcrime. Имхо, самый характерный альбом QR. И самый "настроенческий".

    6 Feb 2009 Reply
  • mjolnaren

    My favourite by them!

    3 Jan 2009 Reply
  • metallica_fan32

    the best album OF ALL TIME that is an undisputable fact

    28 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Nische

    Pretty boring, not by near as good as any of the previous albums.

    9 Nov 2008 Reply
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