The foundings for Queensryche began in the early 1980s. Guitarist Michael Wilton and drummer Scott Rockenfield were members of a band called Cross+Fire, who covered songs from modern heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Before long Cross+Fire supplied guitarist Chris DeGarmo and bassist Eddie Jackson to their lineup, and changed their name to The Mob. The Mob, who were without a vocalist, recruited Geoff Tate to sing for them at a local rock festival. At the time, Tate was already in a group called Babylon. After Babylon separated Tate played a few concerts with The Mob, but left because he was not engaged in performing heavy metal.
In 1981, The Mob pieced sufficient monetary funds to tape a demo tape. Once again, Tate was enlisted to help. The group recorded four tunes – “Queen of the Reich,” “Nightrider,” “Blinded” and “The Lady Wore Black.” The band took their demo to various record companies and were passed up by all of them. Tate also was still committed to continuing in his then-current group, Myth.
At the urging of their new manager, The Mob revised their name to Queensryche (reportedly inspired by the first song on their demo).
The demo tape was widely spread and took a glowing critical review in Kerrang! Magazine. On the strength of the breaking buzz encompassing them, Queensryche released the demo tape as a self-titled EP on their own 206 Records label in 1983. Based on the success of the EP, Tate agreed to depart Myth and become Queensryche’s permanent lead vocalist. That same year, the group signed to EMI who re-released the EP, Queensryche, to moderate success, peaking at #81 on the Billboard charts. They had never played together live before the group was signed. When this EP was eventually released on CD several years later, a 5th track, titled “Prophecy”, was added to the tracklist; this was a song performed live by the group circa 1983 (and was included on the 1984 “Live in Tokyo” home video), and in 2003 was included on the remastered edition of The Warning as a bonus track. The track appearing on the CD release of the EP was recorded during the “Rage For Order” sessions (and is not the same version of the song which appears on the soundtrack for the movie, “The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years”).
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