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“Building Empires” by Queensryche

Artist: Queensryche
Title: “Building Empires”
Label: EMI/Capitol Records
Release Date: 10/1/2002
Genre: Progressive Metal
Rating: 4/5

Queensryche’s “Building Empires” DVD is exactly the same release that we saw issued in 1992 on VHS and that’s fine since it covers a lot of ground in the bands career and delivers it in crystal clear digital and audio format. It presents the band from their early years up until the release of their blockbuster album “Empire” and while it does leave out a couple of things that their fans know exist, it is a nice way to get a historical recap of their growth as a band. It begins with the video for “Nightrider” and this is a clip that I recall from watching U68 as a teenager. MTV did show Metal videos, but they would not give us bands like Queensryche for some time. I was not sure why the videos for “Take Hold Of The Flame” and “Queen Of The Reich” were not here, but perhaps these will make some future release. The film for “Rage For Order”’s “Gonna Get Close To You” is here and this stylish clip reminds you of just how much diversity the band was willing to experiment with. “RFO” remains a classic today in the bands catalog, even though it was initially met with some level of hesitation. Its content was vastly different to their debut “Warning” but looking back on it now makes many realize this is one of their best albums. “Eyes Of A Stranger”’s alternate video from “Operation: Mindcrime” is here and this is interesting as its more of a montage of clips that were taken from the tour and videos for the same album. No other videos are present from this release.
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