Veteran progressive rock act Queensryche has found a new home in Sanctuary Records, the group's third label in five years. After leaving EMI in 1997, where the band released its debut in the mid-'80s,
Veteran progressive rock act Queensryche has found a new home in Sanctuary Records, the group's third label in five years. After leaving EMI in 1997, where the band released its debut in the mid-'80s, Queensryche signed with Atlantic to release one album, 1999's "Q2K." Sanctuary, home to such acts as Megadeth and Rollins Band, plans a Sept. 25 release for Queensryche's two-CD concert set "Live Evolution."
The album will span the band's entire career with more than 100 minutes of music. On Oct. 9, Sanctuary will release Queensryche's first live DVD, featuring bonus tracks and animated sequences. The band expects to enter the studio in the near future to record an album of all new material.
"We [wanted to] record live the material covering our 20 years of writing music together before we start our next studio album," Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate said in a statement. "We have been wanting to really devote all our energy to what we expect to be the most intense Queensryche studio album since ['Operation: Mindcrime'] and we needed to restart the creative connection between us."
After achieving mainstream success in the late '80s and early '90s with such albums as "Operation: Mindcrime" and "Empire," featuring the hit single "Silent Lucidity," Queensryche released a string of albums to mixed reviews and lower sales. The band's last, "Q2K," peaked at No. 46 on The Billboard 200 in October 1999, and has sold 145,000 units in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan.