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126 of 139 people found the following review helpful
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What can I say about Dedicated to Chaos that hasn't been covered already? Like many of the reviewers who've sounded off about the new album, I'm a long-time Queensryche fan and have loved just about every song they've ever released. Even though their last few albums have tapered off in terms of what I admire about their music, there were always enough solid tracks mixed in to make up for the duds. I was so excited when I saw Amazon had the song previews for Dedicated to Chaos before the official release date. Then I read the titles... Luvin' U? Wot We Do? Big Noize? What did Tate do, read the texts on his 'tween daughter's cell phone to come up with the names for these songs? I was apprehensive, but decided not to pass judgment until I'd actually heard the music. I clicked on sample after sample and slowly felt my enthusiasm fade to utter disappointment. I've never felt the need to defend QR's weaker releases because there was always something *I* liked about them, and that was enough for me. As long as my favorite band continued to make music I enjoyed, I didn't care if it appealed to anyone else. Dedicated to Chaos finally made me take a step back and worry that I might never again hear the Queensryche I fell in love with some 23 years ago. The Queensryche I blared through my car stereo when I graduated high school. The Queensryche I blared through my car stereo when I graduated college. The Queensryche whose music helped me through break ups and the passing of pet dogs. The Queensryche whose lyrics I wrote out by hand and framed because I felt they were so poetic. For the first time since Mindcrime 1, I didn't buy a new Queensryche CD on the day it was released. That's really saying something, coming from a guy who's a member of the fan club, travels to nearby cities to see multiple shows on most tours, waits outside in the freezing cold to catch a glimpse of the band as they get on the tour bus and spent $60 on Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock just to be able to play Jet City Woman. Unlike most "real fans," it doesn't bother me that DeGarmo left the band. Of course I miss him and wish he was still with them, but as a TRUE real fan, I respect his decision to do what makes him happy and would rather he pursue other interests than stick around and phone in every recording/performance because his heart isn't in it. Those who are giving this album 4 and 5 stars under the guise that it's a pop music endeavor are missing the point. I like all kinds of music, from Gaga to Slayer to Willie Nelson to the soundtrack for Miss Saigon and would support the 'Ryche if they had stated this was something they were just doing for fun, or if they had called it a collection of Tribe B-sides. I wouldn't criticize the band for "losing their edge" if they'd put out a GOOD pop album, but Queensryche is capable of so much better than this, regardless of the genre in which it's classified. Here's a link to what their official website says about the new album:

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What I get from this release statement is that:

1) they know the album is terrible, but put it out anyway, exploiting their reputation for being a prog-rock band as a way to justify poor music, and
2) Tate doesn't care about the fans' interests, he's just going to make the music he wants and expects us to eat it up.

Tate, Wilton and Rockenfield all have side projects; maybe they should have released this album under an alias, ala Green Day/Foxboro Hottubs or Garth Brooks/Chris Gaines. Creating a new band for their experimental music would have left the Queensryche name untainted and given me some hope that they hadn't totally detracted from the music that makes me proud to be a fan. One thing I've noticed in talking with people of various age groups from all over the country is that there are no casual QR listeners. People have either never heard of them (QueensWHO???) or are rabid lifelong followers. Those of us who have been devoted to the band for nearly three decades are just as passionate about their music now as we were when we discovered it. We regard these guys as family, even if we've never spoken with them. That's how powerful their music is. That's what I want to feel again.
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105 of 123 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2011
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Queensryche's Dedicated to Chaos is not a record for those seeking a return to the band's signature guitar-driven hard rock and heavy metal roots. Frontman Geoff Tate has the album's music writers -- mostly non-band members Kelly Gray, Randy Gane and Jason Slater -- create a slate of music that has more in common with the pop genre.

And while poppier music can be good if executed well, it isn't on this album. The lyrics on Dedicated to Chaos are full of tired cliches and metaphors mostly about Geoff's love interests and commentary on issues that make him sound like a grumpy old man. Frankly, in this reviewer's opinion, the lyrics are likely the worst to have ever made it onto a record with the Queensryche name.

Musically, Dedicated to Chaos does have its moments, there are bits and pieces of music that Queensryche fans would appreciate here. "At the Edge" has some good qualities as does "Big Noize" (the 1980s teenager spelling aside) and "The Lie." In addition, the drumming of Scott Rockenfield is top notch, likely his most inspired drumming performance since 1994's Promised Land. Tate also breaks out his sax in a few spots, which is always a treat for QR fans that enjoy that.

What's shocking, however, is the lack of guitar-driven music. Most of Dedicated to Chaos is focused on the rhythm section and keyboards. And while it's always good to mix things up now and then, when your musical style and sound are predicated on a writing style of guitar-driven songs, the change to a rhythm-oriented pop sound is noticeably jarring and could lead to many fans jumping ship.

If you're a fan of Geoff Tate's 2002 solo album, and Queensryche's Q2k (1999) and Hear in the Now Frontier (1997), you'll get some enjoyment out of Dedicated to Chaos. The album is essentially a pop-based hybrid of those three records, but based more around the rhythm section than the guitar.

But if you're wanting something akin to the heavy and aggressive rock roots of Queensryche, or even the dark progressive undertones and lyrics of 1994's Promised Land and 2009's American Soldier, you won't find it here.
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57 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2011
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And I thought they were on the right track with American Soldier. I won't be looking forward to any more releases from Queensryche. One of my all time favorite progressive bands is dead to me now. If you want some beautifully layered hard rock that has progressive elements and some strong singing, you might want to pick up Symphony X- Iconoclast or Redemption- Snowfall on Judgement day. Those two bands is what Ryche should have turned out to be. It doesn't give me pleasure to write this review, but I have defended these guys release after weak release, But this Dedicated to chaos release just blows- not one enjoyable tune. I will no longer defend them. RIP Queensryche. You broke up in 1997....
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2011
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I remember now, I remember how it started, I can't remember yesterday, I just remember liking what they told me
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2011
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Back before Q2K, I would've taken a bullet for these guys. Seriously, If you told me that you were a bigger Queensryche fan then me, I would have held up my hand and laughed in your face. I was so close to getting a tri-ryche tattoo (I don't have any, so that's why I didn't get it at all), was a fan club member, begged and schemed to get backstage at concerts, bought the shirts, jewelry, posters, etc. I was disappointed in Q2K and Tribe, but had a glimmer of hope once Mindcrime 2 showed promise of the band I loved. American Soldier was crap, and now this... this HUGE piece of crap. In my mind I scream "Geoff Tate, can't you sing anymore?!?!?". I know he can, he can belt out the old stuff in concert still. But what is missing?? What happened? I used to blame the Seattle grunge scene for Hear In the Now and Q2K. But what now? Has Geoff been drinking too much of the home made wine? Is he that far removed from his fan base that he just can't hear anymore? Oh how I miss you Chris DeGarmo. I know now that you were the brains of this operation, and that Geoff was, and I mean WAS the voice. That voice doesn't appear in any of the songs here. How can I add any of these songs to my Queensryche collection? I know the answer: I can't. This is not the Queensryche I practically worshiped back in the day. I can't even call this a courageous experiment gone wrong. Does Scott, Michael, or Ed have a say anymore? I fear they are just collecting their paycheck at this point.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2011
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This is not only the worst Queensryche album; it is one of the worst albums from a once respected metal band ever. If you think Metallica blew it with "St. Anger" or Ozzy has been ruining his credibility with his recent output, this will make those albums seem like classics by comparison.

I don't know what Geoff Tate is thinking. Perhaps he's wondering whether the fans who've managed to support him and Susan through over a decade of abuse will still be willing to pay for this garbage. I feel bad, and sort of embrassed, for everyone QR fan who still manages to support this Tatesryche abomination.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2011
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I have been a fan since the Myth days when they were one of the best metal bands in Bellevue and have owned every album including the EP on 206 Records. I even like Q2K. My expectations were very high after a great return to form with American Soldier. But after listening to this, I was shocked at how poppy it is. The only thing that sounds like Queensyche is Geoff's voice. If this had been a Tate solo album, maybe I could have accepted it, but to release this under the Queensryche label is sinful. The only other album I can compare this to is Scorpion's Eye II Eye in terms of how far away from the band's classic metal sound and into the realm of pop music it goes. If you don't mind such a drastic change in sound, you might like this, but to my ears, it makes Q2K sound like a great album. I'd give this 1/2 star if possible.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2011
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The official Queensryche website says the following about the new album :"A multitude of classic bands are content to rest on their collective laurels. Royalties roll in, merchandise moves along and nothing fresh is expected from them creatively, anyway. They tour haphazardly and sometimes shamelessly on the nostalgic fumes of faded glories. Hit albums are continuously reformatted and regurgitated. They've made it. Why work harder? Queensrÿche stand proudly and defiantly against that career model. Thirty years after their formation, the progressive rock institution ignites anew with Dedicated to Chaos, a brave, adventurous, diverse and often experimental album that will challenge their fiercely intelligent audience and rock n' roll critics alike in profound and exceedingly rewarding ways. There is nothing safe, saccharine or sanitized about Queensrÿche's twelfth studio album. No rules. No boundaries. It's the latest in a string of impressive feats from the legendary Seattle band." Listening to his album, nothing could be further from the truth. This album is as bland and bad as the Tribe recording. To put out a release as boring, monotonous, and slow as Dedicated to Chaos is, is doing just what the website says the band is not doing. Queensryche have indeed rested on their laurels, hoping that their past glories will be good enough for their fans to keep accepting and buying what can be summed up as unenthusiastic, passionless, and ultimately lacks resonance of any kind. This release is terrible, just terrible. Chris DeGarmo where are you?
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2011
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No, I'm NOT pining for OM3, and the return of CDG.

There have been glimmers of hope in almost every release since since CDG left but Tateryche needs Geoff to team up with a full time member of the band to write songs, and Scott/Eddie/Whip need to get back in the fold and contribute rather than let Geoff and his writing-partner-of-the-day run roughshod over them.

The cabaret tour was a disaster, as is this Tate solo album they are trying to sell us under the moniker of "Queensryche".

We're not as stupid as we think you are Geoff and Susan, and that's why this is bombing big-time.

If I could give ZERO stars I would.

I was one of the few OM2 backers, but i'm done with this band now.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2011
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To be clear this is a continuation of my review below.

I have listened to the new cd a total of five times now and unlike some of the reviews I have read, I will not be listening to it again.

After American Soldier I truly expected another progressive rock album, this is neither progressive nor rock and that is why my first word for this album is flat. The music that Queensryche has given us over the years has been amazing to be sure, from their EP through Hear in the Now Frontier they were able to show each band members talent and the collaboration of great minds to great music. Q2K hurt for sure as did Tribe and all though I believe it OMC II was good; perhaps it could have been better to some. As I said, American Soldier was still Progressive Rock and struck a chord with fans across the country with its exploration of a deeply beloved topic our troops past, present and future.

I guess if Queensryche is moving to Pop music, just as Bon Jovi moved to country there is nothing for the dedicated fan to do but wave good-bye and say thanks for the memories.

Original Review

To say that I was excited to hear about the forthcoming album is an understatement, I found myself looking forward to the next evolution of the band I had been faithful to since 1986.

Then I listened to Dedicated to Chaos and there is no question that it is a departure from anything that the band has done.

If you are looking for a push beyond Empire, Operation Mindcrime, American Soldier or Promised Land then under no circumstances should you purchase this new CD, as it is terrible.

On the other hand, if you thought Q2K was their best works prepare to be amazed because this goes so far beyond that failing you will think you have moved onto to a place of musical genius.

To all those who have argued the truth, the reality and the fact that Chris DeGarmo was THE creative force behind Queensryche, I say to you do your best to enjoy Dedicated to the Chaos, and when you simply cannot, know I am equally as sad as you that this bands best work is all but behind them.
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