“Rage for Order” is the second album by Queensrÿche, released on June 27, 1986.
The Queensryche Cyber Army are really good at keeping the bands Wikipedia pages up to date and super detailed. Everything that can be found on the a internet is included along with print media and newspaper articles.
Go to the Wikipedia page on this album and you’ll get heaps of information.
MTV was becoming a huge promotions vehicle for artists and 1986 was clearly becoming the last year that bands would experiment with the songwriting. After 1986, albums would become very MTV Friendly because all the artists wanted a piece of that pie.
Musically it’s an excellent album. Each song has a riff or a vocal melody that I like. From a song point of view, “Walk In The Shadows” is close to perfect.
Lyrically the album touches on subject matters I’m interested in, like government intrusion and corruption, technology and social issues.
Management and the Label must have felt threatened at the experimental progressive album delivered by the band, so it’s no surprise that there is a cover song, which then became the lead single.
And no one knew how to handle Queensryche.
They had opening spots with Ratt and Bon Jovi (seriously, what the….), AC/DC (good gig to have if you play similar styles but they are very different styles) and maybe the most compatible one in relation to “Metal”, Ozzy Osbourne.
The Tri-Ryche logo makes it’s first appearance as well.
I never understood how this album was ever labeled as a “glam metal” album, but the label had to make them fit somewhere along with some questionable clothing and hairspray.
Queensrÿche is the classic line up of Geoff Tate on vocals, Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton on guitars, Eddie Jackson on bass and Scott Rockenfield on drums.
Neil Kernon is Producing, Engineering and Mixing. Man of many hats.
Walk In The Shadows
Written by Chris DeGarmo, Geoff Tate and Michael Wilton.
It’s as good as anything that came from “Operation Mindcrime” and “Empire”.
I’m a big fan of the Intro riff (it’s great to play) and that Chorus is massive.
I Dream in Infrared
Written by Tate and Wilton.
It reminds me of Rush in the Intro and I feel like Crimson Glory took this song and used it as a foundation to build on.
But you need to press play on this for the acoustic guitar arpeggios and the haunting vocal melody from Tate in the verses.
Is it just me or does this track remind you of “Breaking the Silence” and “Waiting for 22” from the “Mindcrime” album?
Written solely by DeGarmo and the Celtic inspired Intro definitely gets me interested. Something that Maiden would use a lot in the Dickinson Part 2 era.
The whole song is what Metal should sound like.
Gonna Get Close to You
A Dalbello cover, although I didn’t know it at the time.
To cover a song from outside the genre you are classified in, is a sign of respect to the artist who wrote it.
Many years later, Lisa Dalbello would do guest vocals on Alex Lifeson’s “Victor” album.
Check out the way the verses are constructed, it feels ominous.
The Killing Words
Written by DeGarmo and Tate.
The keyboard Intro gives way to the guitar, before it goes into a soundtrack like verse. It’s very Marillion like and the vocals remind me of Fish and I like it.
But you’ll be pressing play to this song, for the section when Tate sings “Over”.
Written by DeGarmo and Wilton it feels more like a cut from “The Warning”.
And there are sections here which remind of “Speak” and “The Needle Lies”.
Press play for the Outro that begins from 2.40. You won’t be disappointed.
Written by DeGarmo and Tate.
When I heard “A Perfect Circle” for the first time, I thought of this song. It has all of those atmospheric elements and outside the box sounds and composition elements.
This is how progressive music should sound like and it’s the embryo of what the “Promised Land” album would be.
But press play on this just to hear the power of Geoff Tate.
Chemical Youth (We Are Rebellion)
Written by Tate and Wilton, who brings the heavy metal riffs to the rebellion.
It’s put together in a progressive way as it doesn’t just follow the standard verse and chorus narrative.
Written by DeGarmo, Tate and Wilton and it reminds me of the “Mindcrime” album musically and the song “I Don’t Believe In Love”.
It’s got a great Chorus, so press play to hear “London” sound like “Young Boy”.
And then hang around for the harmonies and individual lead breaks.
Screaming in Digital
Written by DeGarmo, Tate and Wilton, musically it also reminds me of different songs from the “Mindcrime” album.
The electronic synths are dominant and Tate is very Peter Gabriel like in the verses.
But press play for the vocal melodies from 2.15 to 2.40 and stick around for the guitar hero lead breaks. And then those unbelievable vocal melodies come back.
I Will Remember
Written by DeGarmo, it has some nice acoustic playing from DeGarmo, a sign of things to come.
It was Certified Gold in the U.S.
To this Australian, it’s a criminally underrated jewel that was way ahead of its time and no one really knew what to do with it.
And I’m not sure if Marillion was an influence to the band at this point in time but goddamn this album reminds me so much of “Script for a Jester’s Tear”. Maybe it’s the similarities in vocal styles between Fish and Tate.
Anyway press play and let the sounds of love, politics and technology wash over you.