EMI Catalog (USA)
Release date
6 May 2003
Running length
5 tracks
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1 Queen of the Reich 5:01 38,803
2 Nightrider 4:33 12,913
3 Blinded 3:27 11,833
4 The Lady Wore Black 5:28 23,794
5 Prophecy 3:59 11,767

About this album

Queensrÿche is a 1983 EP by the American progressive metal band Queensrÿche (see 1983 in music). It was originally released independently by 206 Records (run in part by the band’s management). Based on the success of the EP, the band was signed to a recording contract by EMI. Queensrÿche is a reflection of the band’s major musical influences, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest among them.


When the original EP was recorded in 1982, Queensrÿche did not even exist. The band was then known as The Mob, and their lineup consisted of guitarists Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton, bassist Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield. Vocalist Geoff Tate was the lead singer of another local band, Myth. He had performed with The Mob on a few occasions, and was asked to join the band for the EP’s recording sessions.

When Queensrÿche was released, it sold extremely well for an independent release, and received a glowing review in Kerrang! magazine. Soon after, Tate left Myth and joined Queensrÿche as their full-time vocalist. In the summer of 1983, Queensrÿche signed with EMI, who re-released Queensrÿche. The EMI version is nearly identical to the one released on 206 Records.

To support the EP, Queensrÿche embarked on their first tour and opened for Quiet Riot, Dio and Twisted Sister. The tour ended in November, and soon after the band began preparations for their first full-length album, The Warning

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