Revolution Calling is a box set of the complete EMI recordings – and one interactive video game – by Queensrÿche, the thinking-man's metal cum progressive hard rock band from Seattle. The package is slick in that all eight releases – nine discs in all – come in a tight, handsome black box with paper LP-styled covers for each album and a double gatefold version for the two-disc game Promised Land – a further extrapolation on an album of the same name.
Queensryche has partnered with Capitol/EMI for the September 14 release of an expanded 20th Anniversary Edition of the band's triple platinum-certified album, Empire. The new 2CD and digital packages both include the remastered album, featuring six hit singles, including the #1 hit "Silent Lucidity," as well as 13 bonus tracks, among them 10 previously unreleased live performances recorded in 1990 at London's Hammersmith Odeon. The 2CD package is presented in a lift-top box with five postcards, a fold-out poster and a booklet featuring photos from the band's personal archive.After building a fan base with album and EP releases throughout the 1980s, including 1988's Operation: Mindcrime, Queensryche broke into the mainstream across North America and abroad with the 1990 release of Empire. In the U.S., the album peaked at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and its hit ballad "Silent Lucidity" became a rotation staple at rock radio and on MTV, topping Billboard's Modern Rock singles chart and earning Queensryche the MTV Viewers Choice Award for the song's music video. Empire also made the U.K.'s Top 10, and the band headlined an 18-month "Building Empires" world tour, the band's longest trek to date.
In 2010, for Empire's 20th anniversary, Queensryche issues a deluxe package that includes a 24-bit remaster of the original album, as well as the three bonus tracks that were included on the 2003 expanded edition, and a live disc recorded at Hammersmith Odeon in London during the supporting tour. What's remarkable about the live disc is that it is raw, power-on, great-sounding Queensrÿche with no overdubs; all but three of the set's tracks are from the Empire album.
Power metal veterans Metal Church got a real boost with Mike Howe re-joining the legendary power metal band from the west coast. "XI" was a fantastic studio album that was followed by mind-blowing live shows, presenting a band that's celebrating metal with each note played…
When Queensrÿche issued their self-titled 2013 album they were engaged in a nasty legal battle with fired founding vocalist Geoff Tate over the brand. He lost, leaving the title free and clear. It was their first with new singer Todd La Torre. Queensrÿche were so intent on reestablishing their brand trademark, he ended up sounding too much like Tate. The hastily assembled collection also lacked their usual songwriting precision. Condition Hüman offers fans the opportunity to re-evaluate Queensrÿche on their own terms. With producer Chris "Zeuss" Harris, this band is keen on reestablishing its identity as a prog metal unit with the accent on "metal." Queensrÿche toured together enough to offer proof of their now cemented relationship on the set's two pre-release singles, "Arrow of Time" and "Guardian." Both offer hard edges. The former contains classic (à la Iron Maiden) metal riffing and spiraling dual leads from guitarists Michael Wilton and Parker Lundgren.
This compilation includes material from all of the band's studio releases up to 1997 (1999's Q2K is excluded), as well as the 1997 B-side "Chasing Blue Sky" and an alternate version of "Someone Else?" featuring the full band.
After 30+ years of music making, most bands are content to simply trudge along, putting out the same old type of album again and again, trying to recapture the glory of days past. Not this band, not Queensrÿche. With every new release, Geoff Tate and company push themselves into new directions, new sounds, and dizzying new heights. The result is that Queensrÿche is just as vital and musically relevant today as ever they ever were. Even when they revisit older ideas, as they did in 2006 with the long awaited sequel to Operation: Mindcrime, the result was one of the most thrilling releases of their extraordinary career. Now, a new chapter is about to be written, a new album, and a new line-up that unites frontman Tate with a stellar group of new players and seasoned vets. Arguably the heaviest version of Queensrÿche ever assembled, the band not only wrote and recorded the 10 brand new songs on Frequency Unknown, but also will be hitting the road to perform the entire Operation: Mindcrime album at select venues across the nation in celebration of that album s 25th anniversary. Make no mistake about it, Queensrÿche is still a musical force to be reckoned with and their legions of fans will undoubtedly be celebrating in 2013!
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