With founding member Chris DeGarmo recently rejoining progressive metal band Queensrÿche in the studio, EMI's reissuing of the group's first seven studio albums in this slim boxed set is perfec

With founding member Chris DeGarmo recently rejoining progressive metal band Queensrÿche in the studio, EMI's reissuing of the group's first seven studio albums in this slim boxed set is perfectly timed. This queen's ransom yields rare live and studio cuts (a dramatic cover of "Scarborough Fair," an acoustic take on "The Killing Words"). Twenty years after self-releasing its self-titled debut, the ever-evolving group endures. The conceptual opus Operation: Mindcrime is Queensrÿche's signature piece, but the gothic leanings of Rage for Order, the slick metal crunch of Empire, and the richly textured Promised Land make for catalog standouts. And Hear in the Now Frontier—which was not critically well-received—still warrants another listen with an open mind. This well-executed collection includes photos, liner notes, and the exclusive CD-ROM game Promised Land.—CLT

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