Rage for Order
|Rage for Order|
Original vinyl edition cover art
|Studio album by Queensrÿche|
|Released||July 14, 1986|
|Studio||M.D.H. Studios, Bellevue, Washington with Le Mobile Remote Sound Studio
Mushroom Studios, Vancouver, Canada
Yamaha Studios, Glendale, California
Second edition cover art
|Singles from Rage for Order|
"Gonna Get Close to You"
"Screaming in Digital"
Rage for Order was more progressive than the band's previous releases, with a layered and complex musical structure that employs a two-guitar approach, but also brought keyboards forward in the mix. Lyrically, the album explored social/personal, political and technological themes, among others highlighting the dangers of artificial intelligence and government intrusion. The concept of robotics would also be emphasized through the use of staccato rhythms and vocal effects such as a reverse echo.
The band's management insisted on Queensrÿche taking an image associated more with glam rock, glam metal or gothic metal. As a result, the promo photos and album artwork depicted the band members wearing trench coats, heavy make-up and perms. The music on the album however, does not reflect these genres.
Some tracks recorded during the sessions for Rage for Order were not used on the album. "Prophecy" was later included on the 1989 re-issue of the Queensrÿche EP. Other songs such as "From the Darkside" and "The Dream" remained demos. The band had also written "Rage for Order" as a title track. Although it was not included on the album, the main riff from this song was worked into an instrumental piece played during some shows on the tour in support of this album, and eventually morphed into the track "Anarchy-X" on the Operation: Mindcrime album, released in 1988.
Rage for Order was the first album cover of Queensrÿche to prominently feature the band's Tri-Ryche logo, as nearly all later album covers would, each time with subtle changes made to the logo. Although not credited, the front cover was designed by the late English-born metal and rock journalist Garry Sharpe-Young, who later also founded MusicMight. It had originally been proposed for a 12" picture disc, which never materialized, but was used by EMI-America without permission for the album cover. A few thousand initial copies bear a bluish-silver banner that was later changed to black, in order to make the artist and title easier to read. The original cassette edition also had all the gold accents on the cover changed to white. CDs bearing the blue ring cover are even more rare. Only a few hundred copies were printed before the ring was switched to black.
Despite the bands emphasis on keyboards and digital technology tricks such as the "reverse echo" this album was recorded and mixed in analog. On a short television documentary which aired in 1986, Scott Rockenfield stated that the drums were recorded in a stone warehouse using Le Mobile recording studios. Michael Wilton said that to get a guitar sound that they were happy with they "used two old Marshall's that were on the verge of exploding" by using a Variac causing the transformers to work harder.
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||7/10|
|Rock Hard (GER)||9.5/10|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
In 2005, Rage for Order was ranked number 343 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.
|1.||"Walk in the Shadows"||Chris DeGarmo, Geoff Tate, Michael Wilton||3:32|
|2.||"I Dream in Infrared"||Tate, Wilton||4:19|
|4.||"Gonna Get Close to You"||Lisa Dalbello||4:37|
|5.||"The Killing Words"||DeGarmo, Tate||3:56|
|6.||"Surgical Strike"||DeGarmo, Wilton||3:20|
|7.||"Neue Regel"||DeGarmo, Tate||4:58|
|8.||"Chemical Youth (We Are Rebellion)"||Tate, Wilton||4:15|
|9.||"London"||DeGarmo, Tate, Wilton||5:04|
|10.||"Screaming in Digital"||DeGarmo, Tate, Wilton||3:39|
|11.||"I Will Remember"||DeGarmo||4:24|
|2003 CD reissue bonus tracks|
|12.||"Gonna Get Close to You" (12" version; 0:00-0:29 and 4:33-5:16 are exclusive to this version)||Dalbello||5:46|
|13.||"The Killing Words" (live at The Astoria Theatre, London, U.K. on October 20, 1994)||DeGarmo, Tate||4:10|
|14.||"I Dream in Infrared" (1991 acoustic remix)||Tate, Wilton||4:02|
|15.||"Walk in the Shadows" (live at Madison and LaCrosse, WI on May 10–12, 1991)||DeGarmo, Tate, Wilton||3:39|
- Geoff Tate – lead vocals, keyboards
- Chris DeGarmo – guitars (lead guitar on tracks 4, 5, and 8), twelve-string guitar on “I Will Remember”, backing vocals
- Michael Wilton – guitars (lead guitar on tracks 2 and 6), backing vocals
- Eddie Jackson – bass, backing vocals
- Scott Rockenfield – drums, percussion
- Additional musicians
- Neil Kernon – keyboards
- Bradley Doyle - emulator programming
- Neil Kernon - production, engineering, mixing
- Dave Ogilvie - engineering
- Rob Porter - engineering
- Keith Cohen - engineering
- Howie Weinberg - mastering
- Queensrÿche – album concept
- Moshe Brakha – album photography
- Henry Marquez – art direction
- Glenn Parsons – design
|USA||RIAA||1991||Gold (+ 500,000)|
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