Screaming in Digital

A Blog on Classic Queensryche and Related Music

Aug. 25, 2018

Audiophile Reissue of Empire on Vinyl Delivers (Album Review)

When Queensryche's catalog was remastered in 2003, the project received a lot of backlash for falling prey to the "loudness war"—a trend of raising the audio levels in a music recording so that the sound distorts when it is played at a higher volume.

Since then, to the dismay of fans, every re-packaged version of a Queensryche album has used these "redlined" remastered recordings. But after 15 years, some progress has finally been made with a new vinyl pressing of Empire by Friday Music...

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Aug. 16, 2018

Geoff Tate Celebrates 30 Years of Operation: Mindcrime in Sacramento (Concert Review)

A dichotomy of thoughts rumbled through my mind as I exited from Geoff Tate's performance on August 15, at the B Street Theatre in Sacramento, Calif. On one hand, the show celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Queensr˙che's Operation: Mindcrime was full of energy and passion from the singer and his band. But conversely, the overall production and musicianship was underwhelming, and lacked the atmosphere and precision typically associated with the legendary concept album...

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July 10, 2018

Top-10 Most Underrated Queensryche Songs (Original Lineup)

When your average rock and metal fan thinks of Queensryche, he or she no doubt will cite Operation: Mindcrime or Empire as the band's watershed releases. There's no question that Queensryche's biggest singles came from those two records: "Eyes of a Stranger," "I Don't Believe in Love," "Empire," "Jet City Woman," and of course, the Pink Floyd-inspired ballad, "Silent Lucidity," among many others.

But in the modern era of instant gratification, where full album listening is eschewed for playlists of hits, a treasure trove of great tunes from Queensryche's original lineup has gone undiscovered. So, if folks insist on downloading individual songs, we present the top-10 list of the Seattle quintet's most underrated deep tracks to check out...

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February 1, 2018

Chris DeGarmo, circa 1994

Why Chris DeGarmo Left Queensr˙che

Over 20 years have passed since Chris DeGarmo last played a show with Queensr˙che – Dec. 13, 1997, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to be exact. The guitarist, regarded by many as the band's musical architect, walked off stage at the end of that gig, and out of the group he had helped lead to stardom less than a decade earlier.

Why?

That's the two-ton heavy thing...err...elephant in the room, isn't it? To this day, it is still a mystery to some fans, which isn't surprising, considering DeGarmo's public silence on the topic over the years. But the breadcrumbs are out there, and we've put them together to answer the question...

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September 26, 2017

Queensryche, circa 2002

Original Lineup Reunion in 2018? Not Likely, But...

Over the last decade, when Chris DeGarmo has been asked publicly about a return to Queensryche, he steadfastly replies (paraphrasing) that he'll never rule it out, and that the five of them know their creative chemistry is still intact. But with two landmark "album release anniversary" years for Queensryche on the immediate horizon, if there was a time for the original five members of the band to reunite and capitalize on their two most popular albums, it is now...

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May 5, 2017

Did Single Choices Derail Promised Land?

Numbers don't lie. From sports and entertainment to business, numbers define success and failure. And with a drop in album sales from almost four million with Empire, to one million with Promised Land, many would consider the latter a major disappointment for Queensryche.

But in this case, numbers don't tell the whole story...

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April 5, 2017

Hear in the Now Frontier – A 20th Anniversary Review

"Has the captain let go of the wheel?" The line encapsulates not only the message of "Sign of the Times," the lead single from Queensryche's Hear in the Now Frontier, but also reaction to the album following its release on March 25, 1997. But a fresh listen has revealed that the 14-track effort clearly has more bright spots than it is given credit for...

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