Rage for Order

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Rage for Order
Queensryche - Rage for Order cover 1.jpg
Original vinyl edition cover art
Studio album by Queensrÿche
Released June 27, 1986[1]
Recorded M.D.H. Studios, Bellevue, WA
Le Mobile Remote Sound Studio
Mushroom, Vancouver, Canada
Yamaha Studios, Glendale, CA
Genre Heavy metal, progressive metal
Length 45:42
Label EMI America
Producer Neil Kernon
Queensrÿche chronology
The Warning
Rage for Order
Operation: Mindcrime
Alternative cover
CD edition cover art
Singles from Rage for Order
  1. "Gonna Get Close to You" / "Prophecy"
    Released: August 1986
  2. "Walk in the Shadows"
Music sample
Music sample

Rage for Order is the second studio album by the American progressive heavy metal band Queensrÿche, released on June 27, 1986.[1] The album was re-released on May 6, 2003 with four bonus tracks.


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.[2] Lyrically, the album explored social/personal, political and technological themes, among others highlighting the dangers of artificial intelligence and government intrusion.[2] The concept of robotics would also be emphasized through the use of staccato rhythms and vocal effects such as a reverse echo.

EMI-America insisted on Queensrÿche taking an image associated more with glam rock, glam metal or gothic metal.[2] 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.

The cover of the Dalbello song "Gonna Get Close to You" was chosen as the album's first single.

The tour supporting Rage for Order spanned approximately seven months and included being the opening act for Bon Jovi and Ozzy Osbourne, although their music wasn't quite compatible.[2]

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.[3] 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[3] 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."

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[5]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2.5/5 stars[7]
Martin Popoff (7/10)[8]
Rock Hard (de) 9.5/10[9]

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.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Walk in the Shadows"   Chris DeGarmo, Geoff Tate, Michael Wilton 3:32
2. "I Dream in Infrared"   Tate, Wilton 4:19
3. "The Whisper"   DeGarmo 3:35
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
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
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


Additional musicians
  • Neil Kernon – keyboards
  • Bradley Doyle - emulator programming



Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1991 Gold (+ 500,000)[18]


Rage for Order was ranked No. 88 on Kerrang! magazine's "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time" in January 1989.[19]


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  2. ^ a b c d "Queensrÿche: 1986–1987". Anybody Listening. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  3. ^ a b c "Rage for Order". Anybody Listening. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  4. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (19 March 2010). "Garry Sharpe-Young Dies at 45". Noisecreep. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  5. ^ Taylor, Robert. "Rage for Order - Queensrÿche". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  6. ^ Oliver, Derek (10 July 1986). "Kage the Ragers". Kerrang!. 124. London, UK: United Magazines ltd. p. 12. 
  7. ^ Rolling Stone list
  8. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1894959315. 
  9. ^ Trojan, Frank. "Rock Hard review". issue 18. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  10. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 72. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
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  12. ^ "Queensrÿche - Rage for Order (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  13. ^ "Rage for Order Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  14. ^ "Album - Queensrÿche, Rage for Order". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  15. ^ "Rage for Order Chart Stats". Chart Stats.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  16. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 44, No. 22, August 23, 1986". Library and Archives Canada. 23 August 1986. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  17. ^ "Gonna Get Close to You Chart Stats". Chart Stats.com. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  18. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Search for albums by Queensryche. Retrieved on 2013-02-15.
  19. ^ "Kerrang! 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time". Rocklist.net. January 1989. Retrieved 2013-02-16.