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Promised Land (Queensrÿche album)

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Released  October 18, 1994
Length  48:03
Release date  18 October 1994
Recorded  August 1992–May 1994
Artist  Queensrÿche
Label  EMI
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Studio  At home, The Dungeon, and Big Log Studio, Seattle, Washington, Triad Studios, Redmond, Washington, Music Grinder Studio, Hollywood, California
Producer  Queensrÿche and James Barton
Promised Land (1994)  Hear in the Now Frontier (1997)
Genres  Heavy metal, Progressive metal
Similar  Rage for Order, The Warning, American Soldier, Operation: Mindcrime, Hear in the Now Frontier

Queensryche promised land full album

Promised Land is the fifth studio album by the American heavy metal band Queensrÿche and their highest charting record to date. It was released by EMI on October 18, 1994, four years after their successful Empire album. The album was re-released on June 10, 2003 in a remastered edition with bonus tracks.


Song overview

The songs on this album are tied together firmly by the theme of success and how to deal with it, and reflections on American society and how that shapes our goals in life.

The album opens with "9.28 a.m.", a musique concrète sequence put together by drummer Scott Rockenfield. The band wanted to have a cool intro that was cinematic and moody, and Rockenfield was given complete freedom to make something. Rockenfield went out to record natural sounds using a portable ADAT tape recorder, which he sent through a rack of effects in his apartment and started designing his own sound effects out of it. Some of the recorded sounds also appear on other tracks on the record, such as the sound of a train on "Disconnected". "9.28 a.m." follows a soul from death through the ether into a reincarnation, and rebirth, followed by the sound of a crying baby. The title refers to the time Rockenfield was born.

"9.28 a.m." floats into "I Am I". This song is driven by a heavy riff and Geoff Tate's trademark vocals to a background of percussion instruments. Chris DeGarmo performs cello and sitar parts on this song as well as the guitar solo. After almost four minutes it merges into "Damaged", a more straightforward heavy rocker.

"Out of Mind" and the subsequent "Bridge" are more quiet acoustic pieces, both of whose lyrics were written by Chris DeGarmo. The last one deals with the relationship with his father, who died during the Promised Land sessions.

The eight-minute title track is the first track in the Queensrÿche catalogue to be credited to the entire group. It is a rather dark piece, full of Rockenfield tape effects, DeGarmo/Wilton twin guitar work and it marks Tate's first appearance as a saxophonist. On this track, the theme of the album is most present, as it deals with the drawbacks of success. It ends in a bar scene of people talking and drinking (slightly reminiscent of the ending of "Welcome to the Machine" on Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here, which deals with a similar subject matter). These sound effects merge into "Disconnected," a rather alienating piece dealing with the American consumerist society. It features Tate on sax again.

The subsequent "Lady Jane" deals with the similar theme of the influence of commercials. It is a heavy ballad featuring DeGarmo on piano and another twin solo.

"My Global Mind" is another more straightforward rock song dealing with globalization. After that, "One More Time" is an acoustic rocker, with lyrics much in the vein of the title track.

The album's final track, "Someone Else?", features just Tate on vocals and DeGarmo on piano.


In July 2014, Guitar World ranked Promised Land at number 23 in their "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list.

Track listing

All credits adapted from the original liner notes.


  • Geoff Tate – vocals, saxophone, keyboards
  • Chris DeGarmo – guitar, piano, cello, sitar
  • Michael Wilton – guitar
  • Eddie Jackson – bass guitar
  • Scott Rockenfield – drums, percussion, tape effects
  • Production
  • Queensrÿche - producers, engineers, mixing at Bad Animals Studio, Seattle, Summer 1994
  • James Barton – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Phil Brown – assistant to the producer
  • Tom Hall – engineer
  • Eric Fischer – assistant engineer
  • Matt Gruber – mixing assistant
  • Don Tyler - digital editing
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • Hugh Syme – art direction, design, illustrations
  • Songs

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    2I Am I3:57


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