The release only features four tracks and only lasts about 17 minutes in its original form, but nonetheless it is still one of the best releases in the whole Queensrÿche discography.
One of the best, assuming of course that you enjoy the musical direction, which is very much in the Judas Priest/Iron Maiden mold of classic Late-70s/Early-80s Heavy Metal with no prefixes or suffixes. With amazing high-pitched vocal shrieks and brilliant melodic singing too, big guitar solos and an impressive rhythm section underneath the great heavy riffs, the EP is brilliant on a musical level and perfect on a stylistic level should this be your sort of thing.
If you are hugely into progressive rock and only got into the band through that avenue alone, then there are better Queensrÿche albums to suit your needs, such as their conceptual Operation:Mindcrime album or their slow, eastern flavoured and saxophone-boasting Promised Land album, but any metal fan really needs to check this EP out as well.
Opening with concert favourite ‘Queen Of The Reich’ and ending with the semi-ballad ‘The Lady Wore Black,’ the EP contains music just as good if not better than the material on their next few albums and worthy of inclusion in the same category as those other great early Queensrÿche songs.
Overall, this EP is brief and filler-free, it is youthful and energetic, its musically impressive and assuming you like the Classic Metal sound, it is something you should at least try if you like the band on any level at all.
***The EP is available in various formats now, such as with its original four track form, with a fifth track (the bonus track ‘The Prophecy’) or with the audio from their 1994 live VHS ‘Live In Tokyo.’ So this should be taken into consideration when purchasing. ***