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Artist:

Queensr che

Album:

The Art of Live

Year: 2004
Format: CD
Label: Mayan Records
Genre: [Heavy Metal/Hard Rock/Progressive Rock]
Overall Rating: 6.5
Music: 8.0
Production: 6.5


Queensr che is one of my favourite bands... They've released some really good albums and I have high hopes regarding their upcoming studio album "Operation:mindcrime II". However, this live album made me doubtful. What if Queensr che has lost its magic?

Well the songs are what they've always been: melodic hard rock with some progressive edge. Unfortunately this live album is full of songs from their latest album 'Tribe' which wasn't as good as their earlier albums (Promised Land, Hear in the Now Frontier). However, it makes sense: Queensr che's has earlier covered all of their classics on 'Live Evolution' (a double CD live album).

Production was the biggest disappointment regarding this album... There's occasional distortion (mastering error, which occurs quite often on vocals) and the sounds are thin... they lack presence and dynamics. I would have never expected such poor production from Queensr che. This must be the worst Queensr che album to ever come (at least I hope so). Live Evolution is one of the best live albums I've ever heard... Unfortunately I can't say the same about the Art of Live.

All in all, I'm very disappointed at Queensr che's latest effort. I expected a new Live Evolution, but the Art of Live is nowhere near its predecessor's quality. Only the most hardcore Queensr che fans should consider buying this album. If you want to check out Queensr che, I recommend you to check their best of album (or the Live Evolution). Those albums prove what Queensr che has been (and hopefully will be in the future).

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- MAGE (13.09.2004)



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LINE-UP:
Tate, Geoff: Vocals
Wilton, Michael: Guitars
Stone, Mike: Guitars
Jackson, Eddie: Bass
Rockenfield, Scott: Drums
Producer: Mercuriadis, Merck
Mixing by: Janko, Eric
Mastering by: Waldrep, Mark
TRACKLIST:
Queensr che - The Art of Live  CD  Cover Image
01. Tribe
02. Sign of the Times
03. Open
04. Losing Myself
05. Desert Dance
06. Great Divide
07. Rhythm of Hope
08. My Global Mind
09. Roads to Madness
10. Della Brown
11. Anybody Listening
12. Breaking the Silence
13. The Needle Lies
14. Best I Can
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