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Queensr˙che - 1983 Queensr˙che [EP]

ARTIST: Queensr˙che
ALBUM: Queensryche [EP]
LABEL: EMI America
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 1988, EMI America, CDP-7-90615-2


LINEUP: Geoff Tate - vocals * Chris DeGarmo - guitars * Michael Wilton - guitars * Eddie Jackson - bass * Scott Rockenfield - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Queen Of The Reich * 02 Nightrider * 03 Blinded * 04 The Lady Wore Black

WEBLINKS: www.queensrycheofficial.com

The band are now considered has-beens in the current day and age, but there was a time where Queensr˙che commanded much respect and kudos. These days Geoff Tate has a hard time defending himself against critics and former fans but he doesn't help himself considering his conduct in the media and the public eye. However, if we were to wind the clock back to Q's early days, the band couldn't put a foot wrong. The team of Tate, DeGarmo, Wilton, Jackson and Rockenfield were proverbial world-beaters, and though blatantly stealing from the altar of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, it's not hard to see why this EP is considered a metal classic in the American scene. Only a five-tracker, no self-respecting metalhead would ever admit to not owning this. It was first issued by the small time Seattle label 206 Records, before the band were picked up by EMI America. The original vinyl pressing was be-decked in black but with yellow and purple text, contained 4 tracks which sound great today as it did nearly 30 years ago. It's no wonder the band would shine for a decade or so with a brace of fantastic albums up until about 1990's 'Empire'.

The Songs
'Queen Of The Reich' is a well known tune, extremely intense melodic metal, and if one remembers the video for this song, the band had an ear for the complex as well as artistic sense. 'Nightrider' owes its existence to Judas Priest's 70's material, Tate performing the vocal parts in the same vein as Rob Halford. Atmospheric and haunting in the vein of Black Sabbath during their Ronnie James Dio and Tony Martin eras, it would seem 'The Lady Wore Black' is an aptly named track too. The last of the quartet is the machine-grinding metal of 'Blinded', with spiralling lead guitar solos and a steady military drum beat propelling this one along steadily.

In Summary
The EP saw a handful of versions during 1983, plus the 1988 reissue contained an extra track: 'Prophecy', which was a song they performed during that 1983 era. With EMI America's assistance (and later on Manhattan), Queensr˙che got better and better with each release, culminating in 1988's legendary 'Operation: Mindcrime'.

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#1 | jeffrey343 on August 19 2012 01:51:15
I somehow discovered this on cassette when I was in college, probably shortly after it was released. Not sure how I heard of these guys. Probably not the video - I just watched that on YouTube, and I'm pretty sure I would have remembered it ( can you say 'cheesy' ). Must have been the radio. Anyway, I absolutely loved 'Queen Of The Reich' and 'The Lady Wore Black'; the other two less so. I never really got into them though, even when they hit it big. But this EP got a lot of play from me, especially those two songs.

This must have made an impression on my college roommate at the time. He posted a status on FaceBook recently about chillin' out listening to Queensryche. Another person (also from college) said that he didn't seem like a Queensryche kind of guy, and my roommate said that it was I who got him turned on to them.
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