Queensr che - Rage for order
Ahh good old Queensr che... Rage for order was released back in 1986 and of all their albums this one is my favorite along with Operation Mindcrime. Which one I prefer all depends on my mood. This is their most experimental work to date and it will take some time to get used to the songs and the somewhat convoluted production, which in turn helps give the album its enchanting feel.

A very captivating atmosphere pervades the entire album. From the opening rocker Walk in the shadows to the beautiful I will remember a red line runs through the album that gives it a great flow and connects the songs. Rage for order is very unique and I have found nothing that compares to it. The music is a mix of Rock and Metal with many keyboard elements, brilliant melodies, vocal harmonies and a great drive in all the songs. Geoff Tate's voice has a very intense edge, almost menacing in some songs (Gonna get close to you comes to mind), and you're never quite sure what to expect next. There is this kind of excitement in every song and when listening closely there are tons of little details to discover.

Every song ranges from excellent to genius and best of all, each song is unique in its own way.

I find it very hard describing each song in detail with this album, so I'll just draw forward a few of my personal highligts.

  • The chilling start to The killing words and the way the song builds with the touching lyrics is really fantastic. Especially the way the screaming guitar complements the lyrics

  • The fast and furious Surgical Strike, with a brilliant chorus sung in a way that is pure Geoff Tate.

  • Neue regel. This is such a weird, yet wonderful song and the way that vocal effects are used is very powerful. The harmonies in the chorus of this song are excellent.

  • The beautiful lyrics to London

  • The way Geoff Tate sings I will remember gets me every time. The line "And we wonder how machines, can steal each others dreams" is my favorite line of the entire album.

  • I dream in infrared has a fantastic atmosphere and the way Geoff sings the emotional lyrics reaches for the heart.

  • The album's only cover song, Gonna get close to you brilliantly captures an intense atmosphere and keeps it for an entire song.

The lyrics are as always with Queensr che of very high quality. Some songs are very thought provoking and every song has a strong message. Ranging from society and technology critical, to songs about inner feelings and love, a lot of different aspects are touched upon.

To say that Geoff Tate sings good would be the understatement of the year. His voice is completely amazing and must have been an inspiration for many of todays singers. He commands a huge range that goes from a normal voice with a deep ring, to an incredibly high pitched wail. No matter where his voice is in the scale of sound it always has his trademark emotional edge.

The other instruments work perfectly together. The album is filled with emotional guitar solos and outstanding drum work. Only the bass is very far back in the mix.

All Queensr che releases have been unique in their own way, but Rage for Order is in my opinion the "most unique" album they have ever done. It is the one which intrigues me the most, due to it's captivating atmosphere and the feeling that even after 17 years something is still hidden in these classic tracks.

Now, I have to go out and get the newly released remastered edition of this one. I have heard that the sound has been much improved and I'm looking forward to getting to know this old friend in a new body...

Written by Steen
Tuesday, August 5, 2003
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Comment by MikeW (Anonymous) - Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Great review. One of my all-time favorites too. The first time i heard it, it created a feeling for me that i re-live every time i hear it.

Comment by E. G. (Anonymous) - Monday, August 25, 2003
No, I think that even 10 isn't enough for this great work.

Comment by michael327766@aol.com (Anonymous) - Thursday, September 18, 2003
Could you let me know if anyone else or yourself has noticed that the qeensryche operation livecrime DVD is recorded with the sound a fraction of a second behind the vidio.
The VHS is right on the mark, but the DVD makes Jeof Tate look like he is lip sinking. thank you.

Comment by Donk (Anonymous) - Sunday, November 7, 2004
One of the best reviews I have ever read. I agree with every word. This IS my favourite of all time. Too bad that I had to wait from 84 to 89 to see them follwing this release!!

Comment by Steen (Staff) - Monday, November 8, 2004
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Thanks Donk! I wish I could have seen them in '89!!! Have only seen them once and that was last year at the Sweden Rock festival. Wish they would bring the "An Evening with Queesryche"-tour to Europe. I can't get the thought of seeing Operation Mindcrime performed in its entirity out of my head.

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Comment by Donk (Anonymous) - Wednesday, November 10, 2004
I'm sure that they will bring the Tour to Europe but I just can't see it working without DeGarmo!! I just worry that it might spoil the memory.

Hammersmith Odeon 27/04/89 was soooooo cool. I can email you the set list if you like. They played loads off Rage together with all of Mindcrime except Suite Sister Mary. The building Empires tour had all of Mindcrime!! but somehow it was not as good as 89!! Ah well.

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This is the first album I listened to where I noticed the difference betweeen bands that I was listening to at the time KISS, Motley Crue, etc..., This is the album that made me notice musicianship at a top notch level, and the songs were just so well written and had all the feeling in the world......."I Will Remember" was and is my favorite slow song of all time.........Geoff Tate's vocals are just incredible!......This album is a perfect 10/10

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When I first heard Rage for Order, back in 86, I found it very strange. The crossroad between some kind of Pop Rock and Metal mixed with some kind of glam pose attitude with a Genesis and Floyd concept atmosphere....
...well...strange to teenage kid.
So I put this record back to the "Not real important" shelve.
I only return to Rage for Order many years later, after listening to Operation and Empire.
Today it's definitively one of my absolute favourite Queensryche albums and the one that really showed what this band would sound in the future.
This guys from Seattle released something really new to the metal scene.

To be in any decent discography.

Favourite Rage songs:
Walk In The Shadows
The Killing Words
Screaming In Digital


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01 - Walk In The Shadows
02 - I Dream In Infra Red
03 - The Whisper
04 - Gonna Get Close To You
05 - The Killing Words
06 - Surgical Strike
07 - Neue Regel
08 - Chemical Youth (We Are Rebellion)
09 - London
10 - Screaming In Digital
11 - I Will Remember

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