Queensryche was a progressive metal band that formed in
1981 in Bellevue, Washington. Future members of Queensryche,
guitarist Michael Wilton, drummer Scott Rockenfield, guitarist Chris
DeGarmo, and Bassist Eddie Jackson, first formed as the band "The Mob".
They hired vocalist Geoff Tate for a few gigs, but Geoff did not want to
sing heavy metal, so he was on and off again in the very early days.
In 1981, "The Mob" but together a demo that included the song "Queen of
the Reich", which essentially became the name of the band. The
umlaut over the Y in the band name really has no significant meaning,
and members of the band often joke about it. This demo was
re-released in 1983 on the EMI label, and peaked at 81 on the charts.
After this success, Tate decided to permanently stay with the band.
In 1984, Queensryche released The Warning, an
album that charted at 51 and became very popular in Japan.
Queensryche toured on the Kiss Animalize tour to support this album.
The 1986 album, Rage for Order, found the band trying to fit into
the glam metal look and feel that was coming on fast, but it was not a
huge commercial success. However, the 1988 narrative concept album
Operation Mindcrime was a huge success. This success found
the band touring with Def Leppard, Guns 'N' Roses, and Metallica.
The band's greatest success was their 1990 release, Empire, which
charted at number 7 on the charts. Many of you will remember the
song "Silent Lucidity" from this album, which became the band's first
top 10 single. The result was concerts that featured Queensryche
as the headliner.
In the 1990's, Queensryche continued to produce, although
there sound became more and more experimental as the years went on.
Founding band member DeGarmo even left the band and became a commercial
pilot. In the early to mid 2000's, Queensryche toured with Dream
Theatre and Fates Warning, two more bands known for their progressive
metal sound. In 2004, Operation Mindcrime II was released.
This album charted at 14 and included a cameo by Ronnie James Dio.
At the time of this writing, Queensryche was still active. The
current Queensryche Discograpy is as follows: 1983: Queensryche
1984: The Warning
1986: Rage for Order
1988: Operation Mindcrime
1994: Promised Land
1997: Hear in the Now Frontier
2006: Operation Mindcrime II
2007: Take Cover
2007: Sign of the Times (Greatest Hits)
2009: American Soldier
2011: Dedicated to Chaos