Biography of Queensryche
Queensryche
Born:
01 January 1981
Country:
US
Genres:
Pop/Rock
Releases:
58
Biography:

Although they were initially grouped with the legions of pop-metal bands that dominated the American heavy metal scene of the '80s, Queensrÿche were one of the most distinctive bands of the era. Where their contemporaries built on the legacy of Van Halen, Aerosmith, and Kiss, Queensrÿche constructed a progressive form of heavy metal that drew equally from the guitar pyrotechnics of post-Van Halen metal and '70s art rock, most notably Pink Floyd and Queen. After releasing a handful of ignored albums, the band began to break into the mainstream with the acclaimed 1988 album Operation: Mindcrime. Its follow-up, Empire, was the group's biggest success, selling over two million copies due to the hit single "Silent Lucidity." Queensrÿche never sustained that widespread popularity -- like most late-'80s metal bands, their audience disappeared after the emergence of grunge. Nevertheless, they retained a large cult following well into the ensuing decades.

Guitarists Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton formed Queensrÿche in 1981 in the Seattle, WA, suburb of Bellevue. Both guitarists had been playing in heavy metal cover bands and had decided to form a group that would play original material. The duo recruited high school friends Geoff Tate (vocals) and bassist Eddie Jackson (bass), as well as drummer Scott Rockenfield. Instead of hitting the club circuit, the group rehearsed for two years, eventually recording and releasing a four-song demo tape. The cassette came to the attention of local record store owners Kim and Diana Harris, who offered to manage Queensrÿche. With the help of the Harrises, the tape circulated throughout the Northwest. In May of 1983, Queensrÿche released the EP Queen of the Reich on their own record label, 206 Records. Queen of the Reich sold 20,000 copies and, in the process, earned the band major-label attention. By the end of the year, the band signed to EMI, which released an expanded version of the EP as the Queensrÿche LP later in the year; the record peaked at number 81.

At this stage, Queensrÿche sounded closer to British metal bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Over the next few years, the group continued to refine its sound, opening for hard rock acts as diverse as Bon Jovi and Metallica. Their next two albums -- 1984's The Warning and 1986's Rage for Order -- sold respectably, with the latter reaching number 47 on the U.S. charts. Rage for Order also demonstrated a flowering of progressive rock influences, an idea that would reach its fruition with 1988's Operation: Mindcrime. Boasting orchestral arrangements from Michael Kamen, the album was Queensrÿche's most ambitious and focused effort to date, earning both positive reviews and strong sales. Operation: Mindcrime stayed on the American charts for a year, selling over a million copies during its run.

Queensrÿche returned in the fall of 1990 with the equally ambitious Empire. The album proved to be their commercial high watermark, peaking at number seven on the U.S. charts and going double platinum in America; in the U.K., the album also cracked the Top Ten. Empire's success was instigated by the stately art rock ballad "Silent Lucidity," which received heavy airplay from MTV and album rock radio. All the exposure eventually sent "Silent Lucidity" to number five on the U.S. singles charts. Following the long Empire tour -- which included a spot on the 1991 Monsters of Rock tour -- Queensrÿche released the live Operation: LIVEcrime in the fall of 1991. Recorded on the Operation: Mindcrime tour, the album replicated the group's live performance of the rock opera that comprised their 1988 artistic breakthrough; the package also included a video and a thick book.

In the three years following the release of Operation: LIVEcrime, the band rested and leisurely worked on the follow-up to Empire. Occasionally, they contributed a song to a soundtrack, such as "Real World" for Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1993 movie Last Action Hero. Queensrÿche finally delivered their sixth studio album, Promised Land, in 1994. Though the heavy metal audience had changed drastically since Empire, with many fair-weather metal fans switching their allegiance to grunge and alternative rock, the group retained a strong following, as evidenced by Promised Land debuting at number three on the U.S. charts. Promised Land would eventually go platinum and spawn two album rock hits, "I Am I" and "Bridge."

With 1997's Hear in the New Frontier, Queensrÿche stripped back their sound to the bare bones, leaving behind the prog rock influences that made them distinctive. Although the album debuted at 19, it received mixed reviews and quickly fell down the charts, leading shortly thereafter to founding guitarist Chris DeGarmo's exit from the band. (DeGarmo would soon resurface as part of former Alice in Chains' guitarist Jerry Cantrell's touring band.) Q2k followed in 1999, as new guitarist Kelly Gray took DeGarmo's place. Queensrÿche's first best-of set, Greatest Hits, was released in 2000; the band supported the CD with an opening slot on one of the year's hottest metal concert tickets -- Iron Maiden's Brave New World reunion tour, which also included former Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford.

In 2001, the band issued a double CD/DVD package titled Live Evolution. Meanwhile, former member DeGarmo began gearing up to form a new band, which was purported to include former Alice in Chains drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez; although he appeared on Jerry Cantrell's Degradation Trip in 2002, no solo material materialized. DeGarmo then rejoined forces with Queensrÿche for a brief spell, appearing on the band's subsequent album, 2003's Tribe, but never officially joining the lineup. Three years later, Queensrÿche (sans DeGarmo, who had become a professional charter pilot) released Operation: Mindcrime II, the long-awaited sequel to their 1988 conceptual smash. 2007 saw the dual release of Sign of the Times: The Best of Queensrÿche and Take Cover, the latter of which featured cover versions of songs by U2, Buffalo Springfield, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. During the following two years, Geoff Tate launched a series of one-on-one interviews with various military vets; he then funneled what he'd learned into the band's next project, a concept album about war named American Soldier. Produced by Jason Slater (who had also helmed Operation: Mindcrime II), the album was released in March 2009.

Condition Human (Germany)
Condition Human (Germany)
Tracks: 13
Year: 2015
Live Evolution (USA)
Live Evolution (USA)
Tracks: 12
Year: 2001
Rage For Order (EU)
Rage For Order (EU)
Tracks: 15
Year: 2003
Rage For Order (Japan)
Rage For Order (Japan)
Tracks: 11
Year: 1986
Rage For Order (USA)
Rage For Order (USA)
Tracks: 11
Year: 1986
Rage For Order (UK)
Rage For Order (UK)
Tracks: 11
Year: 1986
Hear In The Now Frontier (UK)
Hear In The Now Frontier (UK)
Tracks: 14
Year: 1997
Operation: Livecrime (USA)
Operation: Livecrime (USA)
Tracks: 17
Year: 2001
The Art Of Live (EU)
The Art Of Live (EU)
Tracks: 14
Year: 2004
Dedicated To Chaos (EU)
Dedicated To Chaos (EU)
Tracks: 16
Year: 2011
Greatest Hits (Japan)
Greatest Hits (Japan)
Tracks: 16
Year: 2000
Operation LIVEcrime (Japan)
Operation LIVEcrime (Japan)
Tracks: 17
Year: 2001
Queensryche (USA)
Queensryche (USA)
Tracks: 14
Year: 2003
Operation: Mindcrime (EU)
Operation: Mindcrime (EU)
Tracks: 17
Year: 2003
Empire (UK)
Empire (UK)
Tracks: 11
Year: 1990
Queensryche (Holland)
Queensryche (Holland)
Tracks: 5
Year: 1994
Promised Land (UK)
Promised Land (UK)
Tracks: 11
Year: 1994
Empire (EU)
Empire (EU)
Tracks: 14
Year: 2003
Empire (Austria)
Empire (Austria)
Tracks: 11
Year: 1990
Queensryche
Queensryche
Tracks: 11
Year: 2013
Operation: Mindcrime (France)
Operation: Mindcrime (France)
Tracks: 20
Year: 2004
Operation: Mindcrime (Japan)
Operation: Mindcrime (Japan)
Tracks: 15
Year: 1988
Empire (Japan)
Empire (Japan)
Tracks: 11
Year: 1990
Queensryche (Japan)
Queensryche (Japan)
Tracks: 5
Year: 1988
Dedicated To Chaos (USA)
Dedicated To Chaos (USA)
Tracks: 12
Year: 2011
The Warning (UK)
The Warning (UK)
Tracks: 9
Year: 1984
The Warning
The Warning
Tracks: 12
Year: 2003
The Warning (USA)
The Warning (USA)
Tracks: 9
Year: 1984
The Warning (Japan)
The Warning (Japan)
Tracks: 9
Year: 1989
Take Cover (EU)
Take Cover (EU)
Tracks: 11
Year: 2007
Q2k (Germany)
Q2k (Germany)
Tracks: 11
Year: 1999
Q2K (Japan)
Q2K (Japan)
Tracks: 12
Year: 1999
Queensryche (Germany)
Queensryche (Germany)
Tracks: 3
Year: 2013
Best I Can (USA)
Best I Can (USA)
Tracks: 2
Year: 1990
The Verdict (Deluxe Edition)
The Verdict (Deluxe Edition)
Tracks: 19
Year: 2019
The Verdict
The Verdict
Tracks: 10
Year: 2019
Empire
Empire
Tracks: 11
Year: 1990
Evolution Calling (USA)
Evolution Calling (USA)
Tracks: 9
Year: 1991
Jet City Woman (UK)
Jet City Woman (UK)
Tracks: 3
Year: 1991
Anybody Listening? (USA)
Anybody Listening? (USA)
Tracks: 2
Year: 1992
Tribe (EU)
Tribe (EU)
Tracks: 10
Year: 2003
I Don't Belive In Love (USA)
I Don't Belive In Love (USA)
Tracks: 2
Year: 1989
Empire (USA)
Empire (USA)
Tracks: 3
Year: 1990
Eyes Of A Stranger (USA)
Eyes Of A Stranger (USA)
Tracks: 4
Year: 1988
Silent Lucidity (UK)
Silent Lucidity (UK)
Tracks: 3
Year: 1991
Best I Can (Japan)
Best I Can (Japan)
Tracks: 4
Year: 1991
Jet City Woman (USA)
Jet City Woman (USA)
Tracks: 3
Year: 1991
Anybody Listening (USA)
Anybody Listening (USA)
Tracks: 2
Year: 1992
Silent Lucidity (Holland)
Silent Lucidity (Holland)
Tracks: 3
Year: 1991
Eyes Of A Stranger (Germany)
Eyes Of A Stranger (Germany)
Tracks: 4
Year: 1988
Empire (Holland)
Empire (Holland)
Tracks: 4
Year: 1990

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