History Music / Queensryche

5th Feb '17 9:34:18 PM Scooter007
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A ProgressiveMetal band from Seattle, Washington, best remembered for their epic RockOpera ''Music/OperationMindcrime'' and its follow up, ''Empire'', which contained the Top 10 hit "Silent Lucidity". The band's lineup for the majority of its career was:

They also frequently worked with the late Music/MichaelKamen.

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A ProgressiveMetal band from Seattle, Washington, best remembered for their epic RockOpera ''Music/OperationMindcrime'' and its follow up, ''Empire'', which contained the Top 10 hit "Silent Lucidity". The band's lineup for the majority of its career was:

They also frequently worked with the late Music/MichaelKamen.
Lucidity".



* Geoff Tate lead vocals, keyboard, saxophone (19822012)
* Chris DeGarmo guitar, backing vocals (19821997)
* Kelly Gray guitar, backing vocals (19972002)
* Mike Stone guitar, backing vocals (20022009)

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* Geoff Tate Tate: lead vocals, keyboard, saxophone (19822012)
* Chris DeGarmo [=DeGarmo=]: guitar, backing vocals (19821997)
* Kelly Gray Gray: guitar, backing vocals (19972002)
* Mike Stone Stone: guitar, backing vocals (20022009)
* In addition, the late Music/MichaelKamen provided orchestral arrangements for many of their songs.
10th Jan '17 2:45:32 PM CassandraLeo
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Starting out as something of an Music/IronMaiden-esque Euro-metal band, Queensrÿche has experimented with many different sounds and styles over the course of their career. For example, for their second album ''Rage For Order'' they utilized highly industrialized orchestrations, various production trickery and ominous synthesizers (dubbed "techno-metal"); and ''Hear In The Now Frontier'' featured a raw, stripped-back sound with little to no audio effects other than natural overdrive for the guitars. Albums such as ''The Warning'', ''Mindcrime'', ''Empire'' and ''Promised Land'', meanwhile, featured comparatively straightforward ProgressiveMetal with multiple time signatures, complicated structures, twin guitar solos by Wilton and [=DeGarmo=], plus the aforementioned experimentation with synthesizers and sound effects.

Like most hard rock bands from TheEighties, Queensrÿche's popularity waned in TheNineties with the rise of grunge (which, ironically, has its roots in Queensrÿche's hometown of Seattle). Nonetheless, Queensrÿche continues to record and tour, although founding member Chris [=DeGarmo=] left the band in 1998 to pursue personal interests. His place was filled by Kelly Gray on ''[=Q2K=]'', Mike Stone on ''Tribe'', ''Operation: Mindcrime II'' and ''Take Cover'', and finally Parker Lundgren on ''Dedicated To Chaos''.

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Starting out as something of an Music/IronMaiden-esque Euro-metal band, Queensrÿche has experimented with many different sounds and styles over the course of their career. For example, for their second album ''Rage For for Order'' they utilized highly industrialized orchestrations, various production trickery and ominous synthesizers (dubbed "techno-metal"); and ''Hear In The in the Now Frontier'' featured a raw, stripped-back sound with little to no audio effects other than natural overdrive for the guitars. Albums such as ''The Warning'', ''Mindcrime'', ''Empire'' and ''Promised Land'', meanwhile, featured comparatively straightforward ProgressiveMetal with multiple time signatures, complicated structures, twin guitar solos by Wilton and [=DeGarmo=], plus the aforementioned experimentation with synthesizers and sound effects.

Like most hard rock bands from TheEighties, Queensrÿche's popularity waned in TheNineties with the rise of grunge (which, ironically, has its roots in Queensrÿche's hometown of Seattle). Nonetheless, Queensrÿche continues to record and tour, although founding member Chris [=DeGarmo=] left the band in 1998 to pursue personal interests. His place was filled by Kelly Gray on ''[=Q2K=]'', Mike Stone on ''Tribe'', ''Operation: Mindcrime II'' and ''Take Cover'', and finally Parker Lundgren on ''Dedicated To to Chaos''.



* DressRehearsalVideo: "Nightrider" and "Breaking The Silence".
* EpicRocking: "The Lady Wore Black", "No Sanctuary", "Roads To Madness", "Suite Sister Mary", "Eyes of a Stranger", "Della Brown", "One and Only", "Anybody Listening?", "Promised Land", "The Right Side Of My Mind", "A Dead Man's Words", "At The Edge", "Big Noize", "Just Us", "Condition Human".

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* DressRehearsalVideo: "Nightrider" and "Breaking The the Silence".
* DrugsAreBad: It's highly unlikely anyone who listens to the lyrics of ''Music/OperationMindcrime'' will have any desire to try heroin after that.
* EpicRocking: "The Lady Wore Black", "No Sanctuary", "Roads To to Madness", "Suite Sister Mary", "Eyes of a Stranger", "Della Brown", "One and Only", "Anybody Listening?", "Promised Land", "The Right Side Of of My Mind", "A Dead Man's Words", "At The the Edge", "Big Noize", "Just Us", "Condition Human".



* GriefSong: "I Don't Believe In Love" from the original ''Mindcrime'' is about the protagonist, Nikki, mourning the death of his lover Mary. "If I Were King", from ''American Soldier'', is about a Marine who can't get over the death of his friend in battle. "A World Without", from the 2013 ''Queensrÿche'', is about a man whose wife dies in childbirth, leaving him alone with their newborn baby.

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* GriefSong: "I Don't Believe In in Love" from the original ''Mindcrime'' is about the protagonist, Nikki, mourning the death of his lover Mary. "If I Were King", from ''American Soldier'', is about a Marine who can't get over the death of his friend in battle. "A World Without", from the 2013 ''Queensrÿche'', is about a man whose wife dies in childbirth, leaving him alone with their newborn baby.



** [[Music/OperationMindcrime REVOLUTION!!!!]] ("Eyes Of A Stranger"--much of ''Mindcrime'' has this)

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** [[Music/OperationMindcrime REVOLUTION!!!!]] ("Eyes Of A of a Stranger"--much of ''Mindcrime'' has this)



** ''Empire'', a mainstream pop-rock album, with the darker lyrics of Mindcrime giving way to straightforward songs about romance and other lighter themes, though dark songs still appear, like the TitleTrack.
** The trilogy of ''Hear In The Now Frontier'', ''Q2K'' and ''Tribe'', which go for an alt-rock sound

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** ''Empire'', a mainstream pop-rock album, with the darker lyrics of Mindcrime ''Mindcrime'' giving way to straightforward songs about romance and other lighter themes, though dark songs still appear, like the TitleTrack.
** The trilogy of ''Hear In The in the Now Frontier'', ''Q2K'' and ''Tribe'', which go for an alt-rock sound



* MyspeldRokband: In addition to the HeavyMetalUmlaut, the band is named for one of its earliest songs, "Queen Of The Reich".
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Rage for Order'' perhaps most obviously, ''Hear In The Now Frontier'' as a shift to a more "alternative" sound, and ''Dedicated To Chaos'', later, but not in a good way. Frankly, it could be argued that they pulled this every few albums or so: power metal (EP, "The Warning") to progressive (''Rage For Order'' and ''Mindcrime I'') to mainstream pop-metal (''Empire'') to conceptual hard rock (''Promised Land'') to an alternative rock sound (''Hear'', ''[=Q2K=]'', ''Tribe'') and finally back to progressive sounds (''Mindcrime II'' and ''American Soldier'') whatever '''Dedicated to Chaos'' is supposed to be, and a return to their '80s sound (''Queensryche'', ''Condition Human'')

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* MyspeldRokband: In addition to the HeavyMetalUmlaut, the band is named for one of its earliest songs, "Queen Of The of the Reich".
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Rage for Order'' perhaps most obviously, ''Hear In The in the Now Frontier'' as a shift to a more "alternative" sound, and ''Dedicated To to Chaos'', later, but not in a good way. Frankly, it could be argued that they pulled this every few albums or so: power metal (EP, "The Warning") to progressive (''Rage For for Order'' and ''Mindcrime I'') to mainstream pop-metal (''Empire'') to conceptual hard rock (''Promised Land'') to an alternative rock sound (''Hear'', ''[=Q2K=]'', ''Tribe'') and finally back to progressive sounds (''Mindcrime II'' and ''American Soldier'') whatever '''Dedicated to Chaos'' is supposed to be, and a return to their '80s sound (''Queensryche'', ''Condition Human'')



** Take! Hold! ("Take Hold Of The Flame" from ''The Warning'')
** I! Can! Hear! The! Chimes!/ I! Can! See! Your! Eyes!/I! Can! Feel! It's! Time! ("Neue Regel" from ''Rage For Order'')
** We! Are! Rebellion! ("Chemical Youth (We Are Rebellion)" from ''Rage For Order'')

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** Take! Hold! ("Take Hold Of The of the Flame" from ''The Warning'')
** I! Can! Hear! The! Chimes!/ I! Can! See! Your! Eyes!/I! Can! Feel! It's! Time! ("Neue Regel" from ''Rage For for Order'')
** We! Are! Rebellion! ("Chemical Youth (We Are Rebellion)" from ''Rage For for Order'')



* StalkerWithACrush: "Gonna Get Close To You" and "Walk in the Shadows".
* TakeThat: The lyrics to "Where Dreams Go To Die" and "Vindication" on their 2013 self-titled album could be considered a ''very'' thinly veiled screw-you to Geoff Tate.
* UnwillingRoboticisation: "Screaming In Digital".

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* StalkerWithACrush: "Gonna Get Close To to You" and "Walk in the Shadows".
* TakeThat: The lyrics to "Where Dreams Go To to Die" and "Vindication" on their 2013 self-titled album could be considered a ''very'' thinly veiled screw-you to Geoff Tate.
* UnwillingRoboticisation: "Screaming In in Digital".
31st Dec '16 5:35:59 AM Thunderbolt0102
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* TakeThat: The lyrics to "Where Dreams Go To Die" on their 2013 self-titled album could be considered a ''very'' thinly veiled screw-you to Geoff Tate.

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* TakeThat: The lyrics to "Where Dreams Go To Die" and "Vindication" on their 2013 self-titled album could be considered a ''very'' thinly veiled screw-you to Geoff Tate.
17th Nov '16 5:40:22 PM teenalphabro
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** ''Operation: Mindcrime II'' returns to the Mindcrime story, and ends with [[spoiler]] the protagonist committing suicide [[/spoiler]]

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** ''Operation: Mindcrime II'' returns to the Mindcrime story, and ends with [[spoiler]] [[spoiler: the protagonist committing suicide [[/spoiler]]suicide]]
25th Oct '16 7:55:11 AM WhatArtThee
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** ''American Soldier'' is a very [[TearJerker sad, depressing]] album about war and experiences of it.

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** ''American Soldier'' is a very [[TearJerker sad, depressing]] depressing album about war and experiences of it.



* EpicRocking: "The Lady Wore Black", "Roads To Madness", "Suite Sister Mary", "Della Brown", "Anybody Listening?", "Promised Land", "The Right Side Of My Mind", "A Dead Man's Words".

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* EpicRocking: "The Lady Wore Black", "No Sanctuary", "Roads To Madness", "Suite Sister Mary", "Eyes of a Stranger", "Della Brown", "One and Only", "Anybody Listening?", "Promised Land", "The Right Side Of My Mind", "A Dead Man's Words".Words", "At The Edge", "Big Noize", "Just Us", "Condition Human".
25th Oct '16 7:17:52 AM WhatArtThee
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* DarkerAndEdgier:
** ''Operation: Mindcrime'' has a much poppier sound than the previous three, (Especially "Revolution Calling" and the title track) but lyrically, it's much darker, dealing with a recovering junkie who is brainwashed into an assasin, and deals with prostitution, suicide, and insanity.
** ''Promised Land'' is a very deep, moody, introspective album, dealing with the drawbacks of fame and success.
** ''Operation: Mindcrime II'' returns to the Mindcrime story, and ends with [[spoiler]] the protagonist committing suicide [[/spoiler]]
** ''American Soldier'' is a very [[TearJerker sad, depressing]] album about war and experiences of it.
** Their Self-titled 2013 album, actively promoted as being their heaviest album in years, continuing with ''Condition Human''.



* EpicRocking: "Roads To Madness", "Suite Sister Mary", "Della Brown", "Anybody Listening?", "Promised Land", "The Right Side Of My Mind", "A Dead Man's Words".

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* EpicRocking: "The Lady Wore Black", "Roads To Madness", "Suite Sister Mary", "Della Brown", "Anybody Listening?", "Promised Land", "The Right Side Of My Mind", "A Dead Man's Words".



* LighterAndSofter:
** ''Empire'', a mainstream pop-rock album, with the darker lyrics of Mindcrime giving way to straightforward songs about romance and other lighter themes, though dark songs still appear, like the TitleTrack.
** The trilogy of ''Hear In The Now Frontier'', ''Q2K'' and ''Tribe'', which go for an alt-rock sound



* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Depends on the album. The EP is mostly a 7, with "Nightrider" and "Blinded" in particular close to an 8. ''Warning'' and ''Rage for Order'' are around a 5-6, ''Operation: Mindcrime'' is usually a 5-6, but with a few 7s ("Spreading the Disease", "Speak") ''Empire'' and ''Promised Land'' are 4-5, and the rest of their albums vary between levels 5 and 7.

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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Depends on the album. The EP is mostly a 7, with "Nightrider" and "Blinded" in particular close to an 8. ''Warning'' and ''Rage for Order'' are around a 5-6, ''Operation: Mindcrime'' is usually a 5-6, but with a few 7s ("Spreading the Disease", "Speak") ''Empire'' and ''Promised Land'' their '90s albums as well as "Tribe" are usually around a 4-5, and the rest of their albums vary between levels 5 and 7.a return to 6-7 from ''Operation Mindcrime II'' on.



* NewSoundAlbum: ''Rage for Order'' perhaps most obviously, ''Hear In The Now Frontier'' as a shift to a more "alternative" sound, and ''Dedicated To Chaos'', later, but not in a good way. Frankly, it could be argued that they pulled this every few albums or so: power metal (EP, "The Warning") to progressive (''Rage For Order'' and ''Mindcrime I'') to mainstream pop-metal (''Empire'') to conceptual hard rock (''Promised Land'') to an alternative rock sound (''Hear'', ''[=Q2K=]'', ''Tribe'') and finally back to progressive sounds (''Mindcrime II'' and ''American Soldier'') and...well, whatever '''Dedicated to Chaos'' is supposed to be.

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* NewSoundAlbum: ''Rage for Order'' perhaps most obviously, ''Hear In The Now Frontier'' as a shift to a more "alternative" sound, and ''Dedicated To Chaos'', later, but not in a good way. Frankly, it could be argued that they pulled this every few albums or so: power metal (EP, "The Warning") to progressive (''Rage For Order'' and ''Mindcrime I'') to mainstream pop-metal (''Empire'') to conceptual hard rock (''Promised Land'') to an alternative rock sound (''Hear'', ''[=Q2K=]'', ''Tribe'') and finally back to progressive sounds (''Mindcrime II'' and ''American Soldier'') and...well, whatever '''Dedicated to Chaos'' is supposed to be.be, and a return to their '80s sound (''Queensryche'', ''Condition Human'')
25th Oct '16 6:54:38 AM WhatArtThee
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* MetalScream: Early in their career, this was a frequent tool (as befitting an Music/IronMaiden clone); but it pretty much fell off after ''Empire''.

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* MetalScream: Early in their career, this was a frequent tool (as befitting an Music/IronMaiden clone); but it pretty much fell off after ''Empire''.''Operation: Mindcrime''.



* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: 6 to 7, usually.

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* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: 6 Depends on the album. The EP is mostly a 7, with "Nightrider" and "Blinded" in particular close to 7, usually.an 8. ''Warning'' and ''Rage for Order'' are around a 5-6, ''Operation: Mindcrime'' is usually a 5-6, but with a few 7s ("Spreading the Disease", "Speak") ''Empire'' and ''Promised Land'' are 4-5, and the rest of their albums vary between levels 5 and 7.
9th Sep '16 6:40:00 AM MagBas
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* NewSoundAlbum: ''Rage for Order'' perhaps most obviously, ''Hear In The Now Frontier'' as a shift to a more "alternative" sound, and ''Dedicated To Chaos'', later, but not in a good way. Frankly, it could be argued that they pulled this every few albums or so: power metal (EP, "The Warning") to progressive (''Rage For Order'' and ''Mindcrime I'') to mainstream pop-metal (''Empire'') to conceptual hard rock (''Promised Land'') to an alternative rock sound (''Hear'', ''[=Q2K=]'', ''Tribe'') and finally back to progressive sounds (''Mindcrime II'' and ''American Soldier'') and...well, [[DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible whatever '''Dedicated to Chaos'' is supposed to be]].

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* NewSoundAlbum: ''Rage for Order'' perhaps most obviously, ''Hear In The Now Frontier'' as a shift to a more "alternative" sound, and ''Dedicated To Chaos'', later, but not in a good way. Frankly, it could be argued that they pulled this every few albums or so: power metal (EP, "The Warning") to progressive (''Rage For Order'' and ''Mindcrime I'') to mainstream pop-metal (''Empire'') to conceptual hard rock (''Promised Land'') to an alternative rock sound (''Hear'', ''[=Q2K=]'', ''Tribe'') and finally back to progressive sounds (''Mindcrime II'' and ''American Soldier'') and...well, [[DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible whatever '''Dedicated to Chaos'' is supposed to be]].be.
25th Jun '16 10:00:40 AM Edgecrusher666
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* '''Chris [=DeGarmo=]:''' guitars, keyboards
* '''Eddie Jackson:''' bass
* '''Scott Rockenfield:''' drums
* '''Geoff Tate:''' vocals, keyboards where necessary, saxophone
* '''Michael Wilton:''' guitars



In June 2012, Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield kicked Geoff Tate out of the band. Todd La Torre of the band Crimson Glory was chosen as Tate's replacement, and the previously-hired Parker Lundgren was retained on guitars. Geoff Tate continued to tour under the Queensrÿche name with past Queensrÿche member Kelly Gray. On the 28th of April 2014, a statement was released that confirmed that Tate had lost the Queensrÿche brand to Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield, who will be carrying on as the sole version of the band while Tate was given the rights to perform ''Operation: Mindcrime'' and ''Operation: Mindcrime II'' in their entirety for unique performances.

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In June 2012, Wilton, Rockenfield, and Jackson and Rockenfield kicked Geoff Tate out of the band. Todd La Torre of the band Crimson Glory was chosen as Tate's replacement, and the previously-hired Parker Lundgren was retained on guitars. Geoff Tate continued to tour under the Queensrÿche name with past Queensrÿche member Kelly Gray. On the 28th of April 2014, a statement was released that confirmed that Tate had lost the Queensrÿche brand to Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield, and Jackson who will be carrying on as the sole version of the band while Tate was given the rights to perform ''Operation: Mindcrime'' and ''Operation: Mindcrime II'' in their entirety for unique performances.



* Michael Wilton: Guitar, backing vocals (1982-present)
* Eddie Jackson: Bass, backing vocals (1982-present)
* Scott Rockenfield: Drums, keyboard, orchestration (1982-present)
* Parker Lundgren: Guitar, backing vocals (2009-present)
* Todd La Torre: Lead Vocals (2012-present)

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* Michael Wilton: Guitar, backing vocals (1982-present)
* Eddie Jackson: Bass,
guitar, backing vocals (1982-present)
* Scott Rockenfield: Drums, drums, keyboard, orchestration (1982-present)
* Eddie Jackson: bass, backing vocals (1982-present)
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Parker Lundgren: Guitar, guitar, backing vocals (2009-present)
* Todd La Torre: Lead Vocals (2012-present)
lead vocals (2012-present)

!!Former Members:
* Geoff Tate lead vocals, keyboard, saxophone (19822012)
* Chris DeGarmo guitar, backing vocals (19821997)
* Kelly Gray guitar, backing vocals (19972002)
* Mike Stone guitar, backing vocals (20022009)


Added DiffLines:

* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Michael
** TheLancer: Eddie
** TheSmartGuy: Parker
** TheBigGuy: Scott
** [[SixthRanger Fifth Ranger]]: Todd
9th Jun '16 1:54:46 AM gewunomox
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A ProgressiveMetal band from Seattle, Washington, best remembered for their epic RockOpera ''OperationMindcrime'' and its follow up, ''Empire'', which contained the Top 10 hit "Silent Lucidity". The band's lineup for the majority of its career was:

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A ProgressiveMetal band from Seattle, Washington, best remembered for their epic RockOpera ''OperationMindcrime'' ''Music/OperationMindcrime'' and its follow up, ''Empire'', which contained the Top 10 hit "Silent Lucidity". The band's lineup for the majority of its career was:



* 1988: ''[[Music/OperationMindcrime Operation: Mindcrime]]''

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* 1988: ''[[Music/OperationMindcrime Operation: Mindcrime]]''''Music/OperationMindcrime''
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