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January 9, 2020

Queensryche: Truly Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

When the average hard rock and metal fan hears the name Queensryche, they likely associate it with the band's original vocalist, Geoff Tate. Admittedly, it's hard not to. Back in his prime, Tate had legendary range and power reminiscent of the greatest singers in rock history, and a commanding stage presence to go along with it.

Queensryche's guitarist, and sonic architect, Chris DeGarmo, is probably next in line. Justifiably so in this writer's opinion, given that DeGarmo (by himself or in conjunction with Tate) wrote many of the band's signature songs, such as "Silent Lucidity," "Eyes of a Stranger," and "Take Hold of the Flame." What often goes unnoticed, however, is that the contributions from guitarist Michael Wilton, drummer Scott Rockenfield, and bassist Eddie Jackson were arguably just as important in the development and rise to stardom of Queensryche's original lineup in the late 1980s and early 1990s...

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December 18, 2019

Chris DeGarmo, Hear in the Now Frontier, and More Featured in New Podcast

Chris DeGarmo's 1997 departure from Queeensryche and Hear in the Now Frontier are part of a broader discussion on the band in a new podcast by Focus on Metal.

Episode 445 features an hour-long metal chat between regular host Richie, and founder and Queensryche historian Brian Heaton as a special guest. The pair talk casually about becoming fans of Queensryche, the end of the original lineup era, and a 20-year look back at Q2k, the band's first—and only—studio album with Kelly Gray.

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December 3, 2019

Promised Land's Timeless Authenticity Perseveres

History is replete with examples of timely, flash-in-the-pan music. From one-hit wonder pop tunes to distinct production styles, some albums are very much a product of the time, whereas others have a timeless quality to them. Queensryche's Promised Land stands proudly in that latter category.

Released on October 18, 1994, the record sounds as fresh today as it did a quarter century ago. Of all the albums in the band's catalog, Promised Land has aged the most gracefully, thanks in large part to the deeply introspective lyrics, mature songwriting, and overall enveloping sound captured by engineer and mixer James "Jimbo" Barton...

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November 26, 2019

As the TriRyche Turns: A Look Back at 2019

The original lineup of Queensryche may not be back together, but the individual members were quite busy in 2019. The following provides an overview of what Chris DeGarmo, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Geoff Tate, and Michael Wilton were up to musically over the last 12 months, and what may be in store from them in 2020...

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November 4, 2019

"It Was November 4th..."

The impact music has on humankind is undeniable. Depending on the notes and lyrics, music can make people fall in love, rise in anger, weep with sadness, and bring calmness to a frenzy. It's the ultimate stimulus. One of my favorite responses is when the music unites people and helps forge friendships that last a lifetime.

I've been fortunate to meet and befriend many people thanks to the music of Queensryche. But today, November 4, belongs to one man we remember and celebrate—David "London" Ascoli.

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July 10, 2019

Tate on Queensryche Reunion Tour: "It's Been Offered and It Hasn't Happened"

Fans wishing for Queensryche's original lineup to join forces again are going to have to keep on waiting.

In an interview with Greg Schmitt of 88.1 FM's weekly podcast, "Noize in the Attic," singer Geoff Tate revealed that the Seattle quintet was approached by a promoter about a reunion, but it doesn't look like it'll happen any time soon...

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June 27, 2019

What Chris DeGarmo's Sale of His Queensryche Publishing Means

Chris DeGarmo has sold his share of the publishing rights to a number of Queensryche songs to Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Although DeGarmo hasn't publicly commented on the sale, some common business sense and speculation may provide some clarity as to what may have factored into his decision, and what it means regarding Queensryche...

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June 26, 2019

Chris DeGarmo Has Sold a Chunk of His Queensryche Publishing

Former Queensryche guitarist and songwriter Chris DeGarmo has sold off a significant share of his publishing rights to several of the band's hit songs, including the Grammy-nominated "Silent Lucidity."

The transaction includes all the songs DeGarmo wrote or co-wrote on Queensryche's landmark 1988 release Operation: Mindcrime, and 1990 blockbuster, Empire. Sony/ATV Music Publishing, under the name Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc., appears to be the new rights holder...

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June 14, 2019

A Vision Ahead of Its Time: The Three-Tiered Theme of Queensryche's Rage for Order

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 Queensryche'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..."

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