CD Reviews

Queensryche - 'Dedicated To Chaos' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     July 08, 2011    
0.0 (0)
2980   0   1   0   0   0


More diverse and adventurous than ever before.

Nobody could have ever blamed Queensryche for standing still and releasing 'Operation Mindcrime Parts 2, 3, 4 and 5' after the original concept album became such a critical and commercial success. However, they refused to rest on their laurels and followed it up with the more commercial sounding 'Empire' album, which would split fans and critics alike, but would take the band to the peak of their popularity, selling over three million copies and producing a string of hit singles and MTV friendly videos, with 'Silent Lucidity' making it into the Top Ten. Since then, Queensryche have pushed the boundaries of their music, with each ensuing album showing varying signs of experimentation, some have been accepted by the press, some dismissed, but the fans have always remained loyal.

Queensryche are now celebrating their 30th Anniversary with the release of a new album 'Dedicated To Chaos', and their first for Roadrunner records. It's an apt title, as this album is even more diverse and adventurous than ever before. It leans towards the 'Hear In The Now Frontier' and 'Tribe' albums in style, but still remains very original. Once again it has a stripped back experimental sound, but the band have made a conscious effort to design the music to make it interesting to listen through headphones, as the album is awash with multi-layered textures, sound effects and spoken interludes, with many tracks revealing something new with each airing.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

The Rocktopia website uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

I accept cookies from this site.
EU Cookie Directive plugin by

Some of the tracks, such as 'Get Started', 'I Take You', the riff-heavy 'Retail Therapy' and the internet referencing 'Hot Spot Junkie' have a straight-ahead rock style, but all are very unique to each other, while there's a strong funk element to the likes of 'Higher', 'Wot We Do' and 'Got It Bad', with the latter having a sitar vying for space with the guitars. 'Around The World' is probably the most commercial sounding song contained within, with a melodic chorus, acoustic undercurrent and subtle string textures, and guitar sound that hints at U2, it wouldn't have sounded out of place on the 'Empire' album and is the most accessible song here. It's probably the second half of the album that pushes the envelope with regard to the experimental side of the band, such as 'Drive' with its tribal rhythm and sometimes un-nerving multi-tracked vocal, the psychedelic tinged 'The Lie', 'At The Edge' with its blend of mournful piano passages, sound effects, heavy riffs and complex drum patterns, and the bluesy yet progressive album closer 'Big Noize'

It's probably one for the purists, as long-standing Queensryche fans will give it the time and attention it requires and deserves. Anybody else should approach with caution.

Ant Heeks

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


Member Login


<<  April 2018  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
  2  3  4  5  6  7  8

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 week, 6 days ago
  • Rocktopia Te : There are now 6000 album reviews on Rocktopia!
  • Berny : Saxon, Gizmodrome, Skid Row, Night Ranger, Magnum, Joe Bonamassa & many more! Check out the latest LIVE reviews on Rocktopia! «link»
  • Rocktopia Te : Two news interviews in the Rocktopia Interviews Section: LITTLE CAESAR & GEISHAS IN VITRO. Enjoy! :) «link»
  • Berny : Fireworks #82 is our now! Check out the free interviews with Royal Hunt, Stryper, Kamelot, James Christian, Signal Red & Animal Drive!
  • Berny : @Johns Band: Many thanks for your purchase! Your copy will be sent to your registered address this week.
  • Johns Band : I paid for Fireworks 82 Magazine, when will it be sent. Best Regards - John
  • Berny : @Rob: Done! :)
  • robmckenzie : Hi Bernie, urgent change please. In the Moonkings concert review - please replace "the original John Syke's one" with "obviously his sublime '1987' album version"
  • Berny : Anyway, we posted 90+ album & live reviews in February. Please enjoy & share!
  • Rocktopia Te : Don't trigger CEB, you know what will happen ....
  • Berny : None that I am aware of ... BRUCE??? :D ;)
  • Hysteria : @ Berny: So no adult toys in the Rocktopis shop?? :D
  • Berny : Apologies for the "Shout Here" spammers. We'll take care of this issue asap.
  • Hysteria : Very cool video Berny!!
  • Berny : Check out our brand new lyric video for Royal Hunt's 'A Million Ways To Die'. \m/
  • Berny : We posted 242 reviews (225 albums & 17 live reviews) in January. Enjoy :)
  • Rocktopia Te : TENGGER CAVALRY UK music video premiere on Rocktopia! Check out the news section!
  • Berny : @impellitteri: Can you please contact me at «email» ? MAny thanks in advance!
  • impellitteri : Why?
  • impellitteri : I'm triyng to buy in the shop but I can't, a message say "user registration is disabled, it must be enabled in order to proceed"
  • Berny : @GuyManning: I forwarded your mail to our reviews editor who will get in touch with you shortly. :)
  • GuyManning : Hi any chance of seeing the DAMANEK review?
  • Rocktopia Te : We wish you a Merry Christmas! : - )
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #81 is out now!
  • Rocktopia Te : DELAIN! MARILLION! AMARANTHE! LYNCH MOB! METALLICA! Check out the latest LIVE reviews!
  • SeaDog57 : Berny can't seem to find the download link for the free music of Fireworks #80
  • Rocktopia Te : AMBERIAN DAWN premiere their new music video for 'I'm The One' on Rocktopia!
  • Johns Band : Boulevard "Luminescence" is superb album, and Accept "The Rise Of Chaos" you can find review in Fireworks issue 80 . Same with Black Country Communion "BCCIV." All with Band interview & album review in issue 80
  • Rocktopia Te : Rocktopia interview JOEY TEMPEST of EUROPE and premiere THE UNGUIDED's new video!
  • Berny : You can now pre - order Fireworks Magazine #80! Please follow this «link»

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us


The Rocktopia website uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

I accept cookies from this site.
EU Cookie Directive plugin by