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Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. February Learn how and when to remove this template message. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 17, Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 10, Entertainment Weekly. If you're looking for metal, however, you won't find it hear. If you're a Queensryche fan, I would urge you to give this album a try. Best Tracks? Promised Land - the best example of the surreal sounds and sax Someone Else?
I don't know why I ever passed on this release by Queensryche. I heard numerous fans saying that this releases was the begining of the end for Queensryche, and that they've finally sold out This isn't as explosive, or as heavy as the earlier works, but it doesn't need to be.
The musicianship here excellent, and the pure emotion of "Promised Land" is undeniable. This is a masterpiece that just gets better and better everytime I listen to it. It's a wonderful change of pace as well The whole overall feel of "Promised Land" is without question the most unique Queensryche has ever accomplished.
I don't know any other Heavy Metal band that could have made this sound as good as this does. Don't listen to the other fans who bash this release.
This is Queensryche, and even though I prefer their older stuff for it's heaviness, "Promised Land" is still one of their best, and most accomplished releases IMO After the killer 'Empire' cd came out you just expected another dynamite album from Queensryche.
Sorry to say, didn't happen here and really hasn't happened since. Maybe, Tribe did it a little because DeGarmo was somewhat back in the fold, but with 'Promised Land' you did expect so much more. The album is okay, don't get me wrong, but a vast departure from 'Empire' Where each song on 'Empire flowed, the songs here kind of stumble around colliding with each other.
The radio friendly 'Bridge' is good and I've always liked the title track and the full band version of 'Someone Else'.
If you're a Queensryche fan and love Tate's voice there is something here for you to like and probably a must for your collection. Love the colored vinyl. Although many would argue Queensryche's best album was "Empire," I've always felt "Promised Land" was their strongest. Emotionally intense and dramatic, with some excellent tunes. This was their last great work. The remastered edition includes the excellent "Real World" track, available previously only as a single or the "Last Action Hero" film soundtrack.
I simply love this CD. The music it very well written and perfomed. This is totally enhanced by the way they all seem to flow in and out of each other and become complete as a whole. The remastered edition includes the excellent "Real World" track, available previously only as a single or the "Last Action Hero" film soundtrack. I simply love this CD. The music it very well written and perfomed. This is totally enhanced by the way they all seem to flow in and out of each other and become complete as a whole.
Each song is also very individual, each telling a distinct story. This is what I think Queensryche is best at. They are one of the best sublte, song story-telling bands out there. If you read the lyrics, and listen to the songs the music becomes alive. For music fans I highly reccomend this album. For Queensryche fans, it's a must have. See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews.
Translate all reviews to English. The music on the album for the most part is not up-tempo driving metal music like some of their earlier work or shimmering commercial rock like some of their highest charting stuff, but rather a slow and contemplative progressive style that relies on piano, saxophone and acoustic guitar to do a lot of the work.
It is the sort of album that requires a lot of patience to really enjoy, and may take a few listens to really wrap your head around properly. Despite the slower brooding pace and mostly quieter nature of Promised Land when compared to the band's earlier material, the strength of the songwriting is still very impressive and when it does finally kick off there are moments of superb lead guitar to enjoy as well.
This isn't necessarily an album to listen to if you want to bang your head, but if you allow the music to just wash over you it will prove to be among the best moments in the band's career. Thinking about it, there are two kinds of songs on the album; big powerful tracks that start off as quiet ballads or hypnotic, dense and slow building songs that evolve slowly over time with some metal riffs and a sort of eastern flavor.
In addition to the core band there are often a lot of weird percussive rhythms and touches of synth, but the main focus is on the vocals and lyrics.
Geoff Tate's powerful and dynamic voice caries the listener through a whole range of moods and mindsets, from desolation to practical thinking across a range of topics from parental relationships to coming to terms with your inability to improve the state of the world. Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again. Solid great album , maybe the last of the best Queensyche albums perhaps? Geoff Tate sounding awesome as always along with the rest of the gang.
Sheer skill , sheer talent. Another fine album from a Great Seattle band. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. Success is very important to Americans.
And so I felt like we, as a band, had reached that pinnacle of success, that we had done and achieved all of the things that are sort of associated with being a musician. And so "Promised Land" was a reflection on that. You know, "What does it all mean? Is it really that important? Is it very important? Is it something that… where do you go from there? It's a never-ending ladder.
It leads into the first single, I am I, which is an intense, pulsatile, weaving piece in 3 that is unlike anything Queensryche had done before. At the time, it was almost a little too much for me, and was certainly a very risky song to lead an album and release as a single. We are given a little break as the next song, Damaged, opens with a very typical Queensryche feel before hitting it's low palm-muted main riff.
Again, a new sound, perhaps the group's heaviest at that time, backed up by the nasty multi-tracked low vocal bridge "Mother Mary in Control, Domineering Stranglehold. As track 4, Out of Mind, begins with a stutter-step acoustic lead in, it seems as if the album is going to stay adventurous and fresh throughout.
Unfortunately, like the song before, the band drops back into one of their standard feels, though punctuated with interesting moments.
This becomes the recurring theme of the album. Interesting instrumental passages, new instrumentation such as piano and sax, and strong Tate vocals abound here but the band continues to grab and then lose your full attention.
Track 5 is where things start to get a little iffy. Though framed from an interesting viewpoint the adult child who has grown past a bad relationship with his father , the song Bridge is still a bit too much like psychobabble for me.
Track 9 My Global Mind , a musically very strong piece, lyrically is more talking at the listener rather than telling a story. Tate's philosophizing has always been over-the-top, but where on Mindcrime it makes for a great noir rock opera, here it seems preachy. On the title track, Tate turns the scathing eye on himself, and it works better.
Perhaps the darkest piece in a very dark library, Promised Land introduces sax, film soundtrack-like dynamics and more heaviness. As others have noted, it evokes Roger Waters or even solo Peter Gabriel, a mood piece about the ravages of success.
The theme continues on the funk-riff fueled Disconnected, which has always seemed a little out of place to me. Lady Jane and the ender Someone Else complete the slow ebb this album takes into a Geoff Tate solo work.
Both strong piano driven songs, each gives an emotionally charged vocal performance. They are good pieces. They just aren't Queensryche anymore. Fortunately, before Geoff sings us into the sunset of the band's career, we are left with the very strong One More Time.
Indeed, for one last time, we get icy harmony guitars, low spooky vocals, and the intensity that made me love this band. It foreshadows prog metal heirs Pain of Salvation, who will take the daring of this band even further past the precipice.
When I go back to Queensryche's catalog now, there are only two albums I listen to, Mindcrime and this one. Along with a number of select early tracks, these form the canon of the band. Though certainly uneven, Promised Land showcases Queensryche at their most broadly adventurous, Geoff Tate closer to channeling Roger Waters rather than Bruce Dickinson, and approaches essential status at least within its sub-genre of prog metal.
It wasn't an easy first listen but after a few spins I started to appreciate it more and more. Although I usually skip the intro AM because I prefer to get straight to the goodies and this album offers quite a few.
Staring with the atmospheric I Am I which transitions smoothly in a monster of a track called Damaged. This composition is the highlight of the album but things do get even better towards the end of the album. Instead this album remains a testament of the unrealized potential this band had in the period of late '80s and early '90s. This is a shadowy rebuttal to fame, after scoring highly with 'Empire' and it's loud 'Silent Lucidity', the rockers just wanted to be artists and not stars, so they flung this nasty piece of work in Geoff Tate's lap and the accomplished vocalist just let his inner demons scratch the surface and let the blood drip all over the microphone.
The newborn baby learns how to vent after only a few minutes as 'I am I 'howls to the glorious blood red moon, the Wilton and deGarmo guitars crisscrossing a bullying riff, the rhythm section pounding ruthlessly, all immersed in a whirlwind of contradiction and some serious insanity Geoff Tate can sound like Sharon at times! What is the outcome, you ask? Yes, injured, impaired, broken, dented, whatever you want to call it, the mood is schizophrenic and menacing, searching for nonexistent answers , there is a lot of pent up anger here, doctor Zoran, do I need to take more Largactil, Haloperidol or maybe some little blue ones?
Tate awakes secured to the cold gurney, slowly regaining consciousness and realizes quickly that he is 'Out of Mind', a somber ballad with jangly edges and frayed sways, the microphone wobbling from side to side like some puny drool.
A cooling wisp of elegant guitar twangs away in the corridor, as the bass fans the tepid air. Thankfully, it's brief. The title track is the meatiest bone left on this skeleton, an epic 7 minutes of spectacular sonics, where weird noises, odd slashes of sound, all pretty much coalesce helter-skelter. There is a severe distortion of formula, with a burrowing sax blasting through the smog and with all this highly cinematographic pandemonium, I could not help recalling Pink's ravaged fate in the Wall.
Tate yells, screams and shouts like a man possessed by the luxury of loneliness. Or is that the loneliness of luxury?Sep 01, · From Album "Promised Land" () Full Album can be found in the playlist.