Some time during the late 90s I sat on the couch of a friend of mine, downed a few beers and together we listened through her quite big record collection. After a while we reached the progressive part and apart from THRESHOLD's "Wounded Land" my first contact with QUEENSRCHE's "The Warning" hit me like a hammer!
Sure, the band name was not unknown to me, but after the in my eyes very mediocre "Operation: Mindcrime" CD I had completely pushed the band out of my mind. So there I sat and with a bang it became clear to me what I had missed out so far. But better late regrets than never! Shortly after the next record store was entered and this unique gemstone was added to my collection. And you should do the same, if you like wide compositions with completely unique, majestic melody lines and extremely hymnic choruses. What DREAM THEATER's "When Dream And Day Unite" album has been for the 90s, "The Warning" is for the 80s!
Sure, you have to be able to cope with the high, theatrical vocals of Geoff Tate, so that you can truly give in to the songs, acting on the highest level. To describe the songs does not make any sense, the album is pure magic from the first to the last moment, mere words would be just blasphemic!!! Just that much: Divine blessings like "En Force" with its glockenspiel, seemingly fragile, but still heavy, or the measured and simply titanic "Roads To Madness", enchanting with its great choir passages, even bands like SAVATAGE cannot write anymore. With this album QUEENSRYCHE influenced legions of bands (CRIMSON GLORY, SCREAMER, RECON...). (Online August 26, 2003)