Rating:
9.0
Queensrÿche - Empire
1990


Disc I [20th Anniversary Edition]
01. Best I Can
02. The Thin Line
03. Jet City Woman
04. Della Brown
05. Another Rainy Night (Without You)
06. Empire
07. Resistance
08. Silent Lucidity
09. Hand On Heart
10. One And Only
11. Anybody Listening?
12. Last Time In Paris [remastered bonus]
13. Scarborough Fair [remastered bonus]
14. Dirty Lil Secret [remastered bonus]

Disc II [20th Anniversary Edition Bonus CD: Live At The Hammersmith Odeon, ]
01. Resistance
02. Walk In The Shadows
03. Best I Can
04. Empire
05. The Thin Line
06. Jet City Woman
07. Roads To Madness
08. Silent Lucidity
09. Hand On Heart
10. Take Hold Of The Flame


There has to be something that noone could ever reproach the guys of Queensrÿche, it's to overload their songs with badly-written riffs. Evidence can be this masterpiece from the beginning 90's, soberly entitled 'Empire'. Like on the previous release ('Operation: Mindcrime'), the same elements guarantee the artistic success of the band, like the wonderful vocals of Geoff Tate, the overly powerful beatings of Scott Rockenfield, and the subtle guitar playing of Chris De Garmo.

This album is the landmark of their real international recognition, as far as popularity is concerned. It can as well be considered as a little revolution, so elaborated are the vocal and instrumental techniques. 'Empire' is also characterized by a more important use of clean guitars, unusual tempos and a clearer sound for the electric guitars. The perfect illustation of this new state of mind is the ballad 'Silent Lucidity', in which the atmosperic vocals have the biggest importance, and give more power to this astounding track.

The song 'Empire' also proves that the band follows his tradition of fighting against social injustices. This theme of the fight can be found again in the catchy 'Resistance', while some other songs like 'Best I Can' , while emphasizing the heavier bass-playing on a faster tempo, also enlightenthe need of a personal commitment in life, under whichever form it can take. Some other tracks are breathtakingly deep and emotional like 'Jet City Woman' or the excellent 'Another Rainy Night Without You'.

In a nutshell, maybe more than anything else, 'Empire' is a ticket to professionalism. This album has a soul, a style that the previous one didn't have. With its flawless production, 'Empire' is a real goldmine, a kind of bridge between heavy metal and classic hard rock. In its genre, this album has long been an exception that everyone now needs to rediscover.


Band profile: Queensrÿche
Album: Empire


 


written by Gorey | 19.06.2004


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daveandterrena@shaw. - 27.10.2008 at 05:27  
Della Brown is a great depressing song. Jet city woman is catchy .

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