Queensryche - The Warning
Label: Friday Music – FRM-17134
Format: Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Remastered, Album, Gatefold, 180 gram
Originally Released: 1984
Style: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
A1 Warning 4:43
A2 En Force 5:13
A3 Deliverance 3:17
A4 No Sanctuary 6:02
A5 NM 156 4:35
B1 Take Hold Of The Flame 4:54
B2 Before The Storm 4:27
B3 Child Of Fire 5:17
B4 Roads To Madness 9:38
Arranged By, Conductor [Orchestration] – Michael Kamen
Mixed By – Val Garay
Producer – James Guthrie
Remastered By – Ron McMaster
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode: 29421 17134
Matrix / Runout: FRM-17134-SIDE 1
Geoff Tate has been one of my favorite metal vocalists for many years. Famed for his voice's operatic texture and a range about a mile wide, he doesn't disappoint here. My favorite aspect of "The Warning"'s vocals is the lyrical phrasing. The actual rythmn of the words takes you on a roller coaster-like journey through the album. Tate's word choice on this album is also sharp and intelligent, using "50 cent words" without sounding melodramatic or overdone.
The guitars of Wilton and DeGarmo compliment each other well, both taking turns shredding on every track. I seem to notice Eddie Jackson's bass more distinctively on this remastered edition (which is a plus). Rockenfield's drumwork is practically flawless in keeping time and tends to throw the listener a few rythmic curves every once in a while (to see if you're really paying attention!).
Without sounding too critical, "The Warning" is probably not what a neophyte Queensryche listener should start off with. This is due mainly to the fact that this album is not radio-friendly, even though I think I remember hearing "Take Hold of the Flame" on rock radio a few times. Try the two classics: "Operation Mindcrime" and "Empire"; then move to "Rage for Order" and "The Warning".
Progressive metal fans will like this album because it sometimes has hints of early Fates Warning (John Arch era). Though "The Warning" is purely original, one can feel a strong Iron Maiden influence in the music.
Choice cuts are "Deliverance", "Take Hold of the Flame", "Before the Storm", and the 9+ minute epic "Roads to Madness".
Queensryche - Roads to Madness
Live L'Amours Elmhurst NY 2/13/1987
this is the reason I got hooked on ryche when mindcrime came out......GEOFF you are the metal vocalist. No one comes close.
Queensryche - Take Hold Of The Flame