Samsara recommend I start a new thread on Promised Land after another thread where I mentioned being puzzled when a Queensryche fan dislikes Promised Land. The love for the EP-Mindcrime is pretty much universal for hardcore fans as well as casual fans who dropped off at some point after Empire, PL or HITNF.
It really amazes me the amount of people who say Empire was the last QR album they enjoyed. I am not sure that number is that great on this board and I know there is alot of love for Promised Land here. However, I have a friend that is a casual fan. He loves Mindcrime and enjoys Empire. He has Promised Land but doesn't enjoy it. He laughed when I told him it was, in my opinion, the finest recording in the history of popular music. It seems alot of the people that are more casual fans see Promised Land as the point where the band quit being interesting.
This really baffles me. To me everything the band did up to and including Promised Land seemed to be a natural evolution. I know Empire isn't to some as it had a great deal of commercial appeal, nevertheless, I saw that as being a natural progression after reaching the zenith of what you can do with that kind of music with Mindcrime. Promised Land has everything that is great about Queensryche. Geoff's voice, while not reaching for the higher octaves, sounds utterly amazing here. The band reached a new level of maturity and craftsmanship on Promised Land. It was slightly dark and introspective, but also had heavy moments (I am I, Damaged, My Global Mind) that I would think would appeal to the old fans. This album is so diverse with heavier/upbeat tracks mentioned above, ballads, the epic title track, the stunning album closer. The album still sounds modern today. To me, much like Mindcrime, it is note for note perfection. I was only 16 when Promised Land was released, but it immediately resonated with me and it is the benchmark I compare any rock album to.
Sure, it isn't metal in the sense of what the band was in the 80's, but I have a hard time understanding how this isn't at least a top three album in the catalog to any Queensryche fan. I almost feel like it was a situation of the fans not growing with the band. I mean the album went platinum but you can also say it was the beginning of the bands commercial demise.
I know alot of people feel like the time in between Empire and PL was crucial, as well as the Seattle movement changing perception of what was good music. But I am curious, especially from people who don't find it to be a masterpiece, of why sonically they feel the way the do.
I feel similar about Tribe in this sense, although not to the same level.