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Seattle vets Queensryche breach the new millennium with heads held high, their music ever-straddling that uneasy middle ground between 1980s big-hair metal and '90s shaved-head sludge. In other words, they've managed to ke...  more »


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All Artists: Queensryche
Title: Q2k
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Atlantic / Wea
Original Release Date: 9/14/1999
Release Date: 9/14/1999
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Progressive, Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal, Rock Guitarists, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR), Arena Rock, Hard Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075678322525, 766485584724

Seattle vets Queensryche breach the new millennium with heads held high, their music ever-straddling that uneasy middle ground between 1980s big-hair metal and '90s shaved-head sludge. In other words, they've managed to keep their originality intact. The band's sense of taut drama remains, with "Falling Down" and "Sacred Ground" setting the tone. Melodic (if not overwrought) vocalist Geoff Tate manages to evoke R.J. Dio without all the medieval kitsch that comparison implies. "One Life" proves they've learned a trick or two from angst-ridden younger Seattle cousins Alice in Chains and Soundgarden, though not enough to keep them from the occasional lapse, like the bitter-saccharine "When the Rain Comes." But by sticking to their guns, especially in the epic-scaled "Liquid Sky," Queensryche may yet share the same last, ironic laugh that Def Leppard did on Euphoria. --Jerry McCulley

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Not the Queensryche you're used to!
Chris Pinto | Mahopac, NY United States | 04/07/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)

"OK, Queensryche fans, this is the newest CD from our boys from Seattle. Well, lets get right to it, shall we: I kept trying to find an exciting song to listen to here, but I couldn't....I've been a serious fan of QR since their first album. The songs all seem to have the same sound on this cd. I hate to be the bearer of bad news for QR fans, but, this one is just NOT the Queensryche I'm used to. If you're expecting to hear the technical guitar wizardry, the great vocals, the new-aged style of their brand of "metal" you so love from these guys, you're not gonna get it here....There are no guitar solos here, basic vocals, no excitement...etc. It seemed like there was more hype for the release of this album than there was rehersal time in the studio! I found two or three songs OK, but on a whole, I'm very dissapointed with this CD. I'm sure that with the departure of Chris DeGarmo, this group will never be the force they used to be...However, I hope not. I hope they prove me wrong with their next CD! Maybe they have matured a bit? I don't know...The songs just have a bit of a horrible "grungy", "ethereal" sound. The songs are, in my opinion, just plain 'ol "BORING" and have a "droning" feel, like all the songs are in slow-motion! I know they can do much better than this. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to "bash" this new cd entirely, some people might really like this "new" Queensryche, it's not the worst CD I've ever heard, but I warn you, please listen to soundclips BEFORE you buy it. You might not recognize it's Queensryche at all. Conclusion: As many times as I've listened to this CD, trying to give Queensryche a fair shot, I just can't get into it. I'll wait for the next one to come out....The songs are just not that exciting."
What happened to the great mind inspiring band of all time?
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I have been a ryche fan since I first saw them as an opening band. The music mad you feel something when you listened to it. The last two cd's just don't do it anymore. It's almost like they are trying to hard. Maybe it's the pressures from record contracts or they feel their popularity falling. They need to remember where they came from and who got them there. I usually buy there cd's without listening first. They are the only band I will ever do that for. There have been so many times when their music was the only thing that made sense, and kept me going. I'm dissapointed ,but I still think they are the best all time band ever. I like Rage For Order the best and hope they can get it together."
Ten years later.
Douglas Tidwell | 12/16/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I've heard quite a few folks bashing this CD because they were expecting Operation Mindcrime 2 or something similiar to Queensryche's earlier releases. Well, it's 1999 not 1989 and I for one would like to be 10 years younger again but that's not gonna happen and I don't think Mindcrime 2 is gonna happen either. So let's get down to what is happening. Queenryche has served up an album that has some very well written music as well as performance. Granted there is a song or two that don't do much for me, the majority of the CD is quite good and a few of the songs I believe will become classics at their excellent live shows. If Queensryche can continue to put out music of this quality for the next 20 years, I'll continue to buy it. And if the truth be known, probably alot of the folks who I hear bashing it will too. Let's face it, there's just not alot of quality acts out there right now and Queensryche is and has always been a quality act."