Queensrÿche - Empire



8.5 | 401 votes |
Release date: 1990
Style: Progressive heavy metal, Progressive rock

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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

Guest review by
Gorey
Rating:
9.0
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.

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published 19.06.2004 | Comments (2)

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09.03.2012 - 05:23
Rating: 8
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
This is the successful radio-friendly commercial release they deserved. The sound and production is perfect.
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02.12.2012 - 22:19
Rating: 8
Dentura
Shadow King
I don't think it's as strong as Rage for Order, and especially Operation: Mindcrime, but overall, this is solid stuff.
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...And so death to the falsity of thy former rulers. Thy kingdom of "heaven" burns in a field of fire, and Dentura is the one true God thou must yield thy hearts and souls to in absolute submission. It is his ultimate decree and will unto thee..
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03.12.2012 - 12:28
Rating: 8
Angelic Storm
Melodious
Whilst this is definitely Queensryche at their most commercial and radio friendly, the immense songwriting talent within the band ensured that this was still a mostly stellar work, quality wise. "Anybody Listening?" in particular, would actually have been a standout track had it been on the previous album. Definitely one of the most majestic songs in the band's catalogue.
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17.03.2013 - 12:52
Sznc
Pretty fun to listen to, but i have yet to see why it is so praised though
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19.05.2013 - 16:23
Nemo Atkins
Don't understand why this is so well liked. I've listened to it a few times and not been overly impressed with it.

Then again, I said that about Operation:mindcrime last year and I love it now, so it might just be this one hasn't sunk in yet.
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20.05.2013 - 06:12
Rating: 7
Ace Frawley
The Spaceman
Written by Nemo Atkins on 19.05.2013 at 16:23

Don't understand why this is so well liked. I've listened to it a few times and not been overly impressed with it.

Then again, I said that about Operation:mindcrime last year and I love it now, so it might just be this one hasn't sunk in yet.


Yeah, it might grow on you but I personally don't think it's in the same league as Operation: Mindcrime. This album is just too commercial-sounding and catchy i.e. a bit pop-ish. Still really good songwriting though.
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The sun shines over The Fool...
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05.03.2015 - 15:41
Stunning Cactus
Silent Lucidity!!
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"I always knew metal would live on. I was right."
~Me, 2013
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12.07.2016 - 16:04
Rating: 4
CakeTrolley
It was a very long time since I heard this one and I remember i thought it was okey. Well it's not. You can clearly hear that the focus was to write songs that could generate as much $$ as possible and it doesn't feel natural, it feels forced and the production is so damn overly polished, the instruments almost sounds digital. Some good stuff here and there, mainly the pretty cool title track and the quite dramatic final track Anybody Listening? but overall it's just a mish mash of boring riffs and sleazy choruses.
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