The History of Queensr˙che's Original Lineup!
A Blog on Classic Queensryche and Related Music
June 14, 2019
Operation: Mindcrime is often lauded as one of rock and metal's finest concept albums. Lost in the wake of that record's plaudit, however, is what may be Queensr˙che's most lyrically-complex work, Rage for Order.
Released in 1986, and structured as multi-layered theme, Rage for Order zeroes in on the term "order" in three different ways—personal, political, and technological. Each song on the album examines one, and sometimes more, of those three areas, with several twists and turns along the way. Even the album title is a contradiction in terms, pitting the word "rage" against its polar opposite, "order." It's no surprise why Rage for Order is often described as "ahead of its time..."
May 24, 2019
They say you can't go home again. While the adage is apt for many situations, it's not at all accurate when it comes to former Queensr˙che vocalist Geoff Tate, and the musical style of his latest project, Sweet Oblivion.
The group's self-titled debut album doesn't hide what it is—an homage to Queensr˙che's late-1980s/early-1990s heyday. Set for release by Frontiers Records on June 21, the record masterfully channels the songwriting essence of the Chris DeGarmo/Michael Wilton guitar tandem, providing a familiar musical landscape for fans who have been chasing the ghosts of Queensr˙che's original lineup for more than two decades...
May 2, 2019
When Queensr˙che released Empire in 1990, the lead single and title track from the record felt like a natural fit in the band's catalog up to that point. It had a heavy riff, social commentary, and an overall dark vibe that immediately screamed "Queensr˙che." But in many ways, the tune wasn't at all indicative of the album at all.
Empire was filled with experimentation, from the hard rock-meets-pop sensibilities of "Jet City Woman," to the acoustic, tender moments in "Silent Lucidity." While that diversity was a hallmark of the band, the one song whose style was never repeated by the original band was Queensr˙che's nod to the blues, "Della Brown..."
Apr. 17, 2019
Back in the early 2000s, "supergroups" were all the rage. Chris Cornell from Soundgarden had teamed up with members of Rage Against the Machine to form Audioslave in 2001. That was quickly followed by the formation of Velvet Revolver in 2002, featuring Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots, along with Slash and Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses. The bands were an immediate hit and spawned a litany of similar mashups to varying levels of success.
One of the most noteworthy, yet under-the-radar projects of that era was Spys4Darwin. The band combined the talents of ex-Queensryche guitarist/songwriter Chris DeGarmo, Alice in Chains' rhythm section of Sean Kinney (drums) and Mike Inez (bass), and Sponge vocalist Vinnie Dombrowski. AnybodyListening.net glances back at the band's sole recording and brief history...
Jan. 11, 2019
When a band has a lengthy and successful career, there inevitably comes a point where a refresh and re-release of the back catalog comes up in discussions with the record label. We've seen this happen with Queensryche and Capitol Records on numerous occasions, most notably with the remastered editions of the original lineup's albums in 2003, and various re-issues of Operation: Mindcrime and Empire since then.
Those iconic albums have rightfully earned the special attention they get. But there is one marred and forgotten gem in Queensryche's 1983-1997 discography that still begs for a proper deluxe overhaul—The Warning...
Nov. 29, 2018
A 30th Anniversary edition of Queensryche's Empire is in the works, featuring contributions from original singer Geoff Tate. Talking with eonmusic's Eamon O'Neill, Tate revealed a box set is planned for Queensryche's best-selling album, which was originally released in 1990. Although the singer declined to elaborate on what kind of material the set will feature, he confirmed that the project has started.
Since Tate didn't budge on what's in the box, here is AnybodyListening.net's top-5 list of stuff that should be included to make this upcoming edition the best it can be...
Aug. 25, 2018
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...
Aug. 16, 2018
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...
July 10, 2018
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...
February 1, 2018
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.
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...
September 26, 2017
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...
May 5, 2017
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...
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...