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Queensryche: The Art of Live Sanctuary 2004 Reviewed by: Nailer

Track Listing

Tribe
Sign of the Times
Open
Losing Myself
Desert Dance
The Great Divide
Rhythm of Hope
My Global Mind
Roads to Madness
Della Brown
Breaking the Silence
The Needle Lies
Best I Can
Comfortably Numb
Won't Get Fooled Again
Anybody Listening
Summary: Queensryche's latest DVD with an emphasis on new material.

Look: The DVD is setup with a slightly-grainy, old-fashioned look complete with noise lines and sepia color like they use in movies when some character is recalling the past. The band is always the focus of the camera's eye with few crowd shots other that some wide-angle views. Camera work is done between band members with a slow fade instead of the usual quick cut edits.

Playing: The band is really on cue with the material using the stage as mature musicians instead of the blood racing youth of past days even on such rapid numbers as "The Needle Lies". The 15 songs start out new-material heavy and are fairly tepid although "Desert Dance" shows some spark. Few of the songs are from the "Mindcrime" era and very little early material is represented. There is an mid-section set with an interesting acoustic version of "Roads to Madness" that I really enjoyed. Geoff is oddly head-shaven and really doesn't go for the high notes. Dream Theater joins them on stage for a rendition of Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" and The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again".

Overall, its way to comfortable and probably isn't for old-school Queensryche fans.

Score: 6 of 10


--Nailer 06.25.04
About this Writer:
Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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