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->''Let me sing a song for you,\\
let me spin a tale that's true.\\
A story about the days of song,\\
the days before the ocean won.''
-->-- "Queenswave"

''Queen of the Wave'' is Music/PepeDeluxe's fourth studio album, released in 2012.

The cover declares it "an esoteric [[RockOpera pop opera]] in [[RuleOfThree three parts]]", and it certainly lives up to that description. The story--adapted from the 1899 novel ''Literature/ADwellerOnTwoPlanets'' and its semi-official 1940 sequel ''An Earth-Dweller's Return''--concerns the heroic Zailm and the evil wizard Mainin. Their struggles play out against [[{{Gotterdammerung}} the decline and fall]] of [[{{Atlantis}} the Atlantean empire]].

Musically, the album is [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly a fusion of numerous styles]], most prominently PsychedelicRock, BaroquePop, and SurfRock.

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!!This album provides examples of:

* AllThereInTheManual: While the broad strokes of the plot may be gleaned just from listening to the music, a lot the of details (like the esoteric technology, or ''characters' names'') only show up in the liner notes, in the online album supplements, or the album trailer.
* AnachronismStew: Recording equipment dates from the 1890s to the 1980s. The liner notes artwork are a cut-and-paste mishmash of Victorian art and 1960s kitsch.
* TheArk: "Riders on the First Ark", with Nepth and his family escaping Atlantis on a boat.
* {{Atlantis}}: The setting.
* BittersweetEnding: The album ends with all the protagonists and antagonists dead, and Atlantis sunk into the ocean. However, a handful of survivors escape and find a new home for humanity to rebuild, "and the future will sparkle again."
* BoleroEffect: "Queenswave" repeats a chorus and instrumental motif three times, adding instruments and volume with each repetition. The second half of "Grave Prophecy" repeats a motif while increasing the tempo and volume.
* BookEnds: The opener, "Queenswave", and the closing track, "Riders of the First Ark", are tied together by guest vocalist Chris Cote.
* CrossoverCosmology: The Greek story of Atlantis is merged with [[Literature/TheBible the pre-flood history from Genesis]]. The knowledge and technology of Atlantis is a direct result of man eating from the Tree Of Knowledge in Eden (unlike the Biblical account, this is portrayed as an unambiguously good turn of events), and Nepth is just Noah by a different name.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Mainin's love interest was stoned to death, based on false evidence. In response, Mainin vowed vengeance against all mankind.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: Instruments featured on the album include a Tesla coil synthesizer and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Stalacpipe_Organ the Great Stalacpipe Organ]], which produces music by striking hollowed cave stalactites. Recording equipment featured on the album includes A.D. Conrow's Spectrumizer and Optical Spectrum Analyzer (which convert audio signals into light waves, separate light waves into separate frequencies, then convert them back into audio) and the Aether Modulator (a device, based on Thomas Edison's research into communicating with the dead, which converts sound to magnetism and vice versa).
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: The entire album is continuously mixed; every song runs into the following track in a subtle or not-so-subtle manner.
* {{Gotterdammerung}}: The destruction of Atlantis, and the loss of its knowledge and wisdom.
* IfItSwimsItFlies: The vailx-ships function both as airships and submarines.
* LaserGuidedKarma:
** The AnthropomorphicPersonification of Karma literally hunts and kills Zailm for his wrongdoing.
** Atlantis is destroyed because "All the people, with their flaws, / they forgot the book of laws."
* LightIsNotGood: "A poetic synopsis of Mainin's (whose name means 'light') first steps to becoming a light adrift on the sea, a lure to death for all those who followed him."
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: ''Queen of the Wave: Deluxé Edition''. Includes more liner notes, a bonus CD of {{Cut Song}}s and Easy Listening remixes, and a DVD with music videos.
* MonsterSobStory: Mainin had already turned to the Black Arts to seek knowledge, but it was the death of the woman he loved that provoked him into complete supervillainy.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: This album straddles the lines separateing PsychedelicRock, BaroquePop, and SurfRock, with additional influences from early electronic music, soul, acid folk, 60's girl-band pop, trip-hop, easy listening, and opera.
* RealTrailerFakeMovie: The "Queen of the Wave (album trailer)" video, depicting the story as a 60s SwordAndSandal film. (It's scenes from the 1961 film ''The Giant of Metropolis'', just with a new voiceover.)
* {{Retraux}}: Music/PepeDeluxe's efforts to emulate the sound of the 1950s to the 1970s are noted on their trope page, and this album is no exception. They were pretty successful, too: when Guitar Cobra uploaded her fan video of "The Storm" (the one PD retroactively made official), she initially thought the song was "probably from [the] 60's or something."
* RockOpera
* {{Sampling}}: This album continues Pepe Deluxé's quest to record music that doesn't use samples, but sounds like it does.
* SettingIntroductionSong: "Queenswave", which introduces the time, and "Temple of Unfed Fire" which introduces Atlantis.
* SinisterMinister: Mainin plots the destruction of humanity while serving as the high priest of Atlantis' great temple.
* SufficientlyAdvancedBambooTechnology: Atlantean technology included iron automatons, AntiMatter light, airships, aerial water generators, television, and astral interplanetary travel.
* VillainSong: "A Night and a Day".
* WorldTree: The Tree of Knowledge, mentioned in "Contain Thyself".
* YourCheatingHeart: Zailm's great mistake, leading to his ultimate downfall, is his affair with the barbarian princess Lolix, after he had married the princess of Atlantis, Anzimee.

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