Monday, May 9, 2011

Building an "Empire" on Music Monday

Last week, I begin a special series of Music Mondays in May focusing on the band Queensryche (pronounced Queens-rike) and their 1990 album Empire. Today's video is from the album's title track - "Empire" (watch it by clicking here). I also shared that several of the songs on the album contain a message / theme and today's song is one of them.

"Empire" discusses the illegal drug trade in the U.S. focusing on the gang violence associated with it, it's destructive effects upon our youth, and the empires that the drug traffickers are building. The song is a little dark, but it may be one of Queensryche's most artistic works whose message is very simple - illegal drugs destroy and more needs to be done to stop the unnecessary destruction. Enjoy.

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