'Promised Land' is often considered the last classic Queensryche album before the band temporarily lost sight of metal music. The 1994 album contains many extremely good ballads. Geoff Tate gives a heavenly performance in 'Someone Else'.
Find your promise land
For some people Queensrÿche’s downwards spiral began with this album, Promised Land. I however think that this album is actually the last album of the ‘classic’ albums and it is also quite a lot better than its predecessor, the commercial and overrated Empire. They took quite some time to come up with a new album after Empire and perhaps that’s one of the reasons this album did not chart as well as they had hoped. The second reason for that is one that counts for almost all 80s metalbands in the 90s; Nirvana was ruling the show now. Metal was out. Frankly, I’m quite sure that reason had a big influence on the sales and reviews of this release, since it actually is so typically Queensrÿche, but then just slightly darker. Perhaps if it was released in 1987 for example, it would’ve been received a lot better.
Though Promised Land brings us dark progressive metal, I can not deny that there are traces of Empire across the album.