The Warning (Queensrÿche album)

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The Warning
Queensryche - The Warning cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 7, 1984 (1984-09-07)
GenreProgressive metal,[1] heavy metal
LabelEMI America
ProducerJames Guthrie
Queensrÿche chronology
The Warning
Rage for Order
Singles from The Warning
  1. "Warning"
    Released: September 1984[2]
  2. "Take Hold of the Flame"
    Released: December 1984[3]
Audio sample
"Take Hold of the Flame"
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[4]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide1.5/5 stars[6]

The Warning is the first studio album by American progressive metal band Queensrÿche, released on September 7, 1984, and reissued on May 6, 2003, with three bonus tracks.


Queensrÿche wrote the material for The Warning during their tour in support of the Queensrÿche EP, inspired by world events and the 1949 George Orwell novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.[7] The album was recorded in various recording studios in London with Pink Floyd-producer James Guthrie.

In 2013, lead singer Geoff Tate explained the band's dissatisfaction with the album's mix: "The only time I ever experienced [a record label restricting creative freedom] was during the recording of Queensrÿche's first album, The Warning. We went $300,000 over budget and the label took the record out of our hands and gave it to someone else to mix. ... The guy that mixed the album had no clue what Queensrÿche was. He never listened to hard rock music and didn't take input from anyone in the band. He just mixed it according to how he thought it should sound. No-one in the band could listen to that record. We all hated it."[8]

The Warning shows the band in an early stage of development, playing straight heavy metal songs unlike later albums in which more experimentation was expressed. It was a moderate commercial success in the United States, although none of the singles charted domestically. However, "Take Hold of the Flame" was an international hit, particularly in Japan.[4]

In support of the release, Queensrÿche went on a worldwide tour from August 1984 through to July 1985.[7] During the American leg of their tour, they were the opening act for Kiss on their 1984–85 Animalize Tour and Iron Maiden on their 1984–85 World Slavery Tour.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Warning"Geoff Tate, Michael Wilton4:43
2."En Force"Chris DeGarmo5:13
4."No Sanctuary"DeGarmo, Tate6:02
5."N M 156"DeGarmo, Tate, Wilton4:35
Side two
6."Take Hold of the Flame"DeGarmo, Tate4:54
7."Before the Storm"Tate, Wilton5:13
8."Child of Fire"Tate, Wilton4:33
9."Roads to Madness"DeGarmo, Tate, Wilton9:38
Total length:48:36
2003 CD reissue bonus tracks
11."The Lady Wore Black" (live at The Astoria Theatre, London, UK on October 20, 1994)DeGarmo, Tate5:23
12."Take Hold of the Flame" (live at Madison and La Crosse, Wisconsin on May 10–12, 1991)DeGarmo, Tate5:06

The album's original track sequence and sound mix that the band had approved, was changed by mix engineer Val Garay under orders from EMI-America, against the wishes of the band.[9] This original intended sequence is identical to the final track listing but with the following exceptions: "N M 156" as the opening song, "Warning" as the second to last track, and "Deliverance" and "No Sanctuary" appearing in the opposite order. The band first learned of this in August 1984, while on tour in Japan.[10]

Original track listing (unreleased)
1."N M 156"DeGarmo, Tate, Wilton4:35
2."En Force"DeGarmo5:13
3."No Sanctuary"DeGarmo, Tate6:02
5."Take Hold of the Flame"DeGarmo, Tate4:54
6."Before the Storm"Tate, Wilton4:27
7."Child of Fire"Tate, Wilton5:17
8."Warning"Tate, Wilton4:43
9."Roads to Madness"DeGarmo, Tate, Wilton9:38



Additional musicians[edit]



Year Chart Position
1984 Swedish Albums Chart[11] 42
Billboard 200 (US)[12] 61
RPM Top 100 Albums (Canada)[13] 91
UK Albums Chart[14] 100


Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1991 Gold (+ 500,000)[15]


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  2. ^ Warning (track listing). Queensrÿche. EMI. 1984. EYS 17465.
  3. ^ Take Hold of the Flame (track listing). Queensrÿche. EMI. 1984. EA 183.
  4. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "The Warning - Queensrÿche". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 28, 2012.
  5. ^ Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 274–275. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.
  6. ^ Rolling Stone list
  7. ^ a b "Queensrÿche: The Flame Rises". Archived from the original on January 10, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  8. ^ Cecolini, Vinny (May 28, 2013). "Geoff Tate: Leaving The Past Behind And Looking To The Future". JAM Magazine. Archived from the original on June 8, 2013. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
  9. ^ "The Warning". Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  10. ^ "The Flame Rises". Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  11. ^ "Queensrÿche - The Warning (album)". Media Control Charts. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
  12. ^ "The Warning Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Archived from the original on December 14, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2012.
  13. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 41, No. 9, November 03 1984". Library and Archives Canada. November 3, 1984. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  14. ^ "Queensryche Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  15. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database: search for Queensryche". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 13, 2017.