Up to this point, Queensryche had nothing but a string of great albums, and Empire continues this combo. The progressive nature of Queensryche, as a Progressive Rock/Metal band, as definitely progressed. But this album also delivers a more commercial sound, and is packed with power ballads to the point where Queensryche can hardly be called a Metal band anymore - which is probably my only complaint about this album, as I'm personally more into a Heavier music. But worry not!!! This album has some really tight tunes.
Standout tracks include: "Best I Can", "The Thin Line" and the awesome "title track" and "Anybody Listening".
"Silent Lucidity", which is one of their most popular tracks, is good, but I could never get into it. Even though I enjoy Pink Floyd.
But there is no bad song on this album, and will without doubt please any fan of the band, who for some reason haven't bought this album.