Comparing Queensryche first album The Warning to their second opus Rage For Order is like comparing the Bleriot plane to a Harrier Jump Jet. The Warning is a lumbering, awkward stodgy sounding record from a band finding it's feet whereas Rage is a monumental technical tour de force, influenced as much by Bauhaus as say Judas Priest or Rush. This is simply magnificent on every level. And what makes the hair stand up on your neck when listening to it? Well, based loosely on a concept of World Order, paranoia, voyeurism, failed personal relationships and control the whole album rocks on the back of beautifully constructed but powerful songs - there is nothing obvious in here, no simple riff or basic construct to latch onto - each song layers complex riffs, on keyboards and Geoff's sublime anguished vocal delivery - he simply lives the theme of each track, particularly on the taut 'Killing Words' or the claustrophobic cover version of 'Gonna Get Close To You' (the line 'if you only knew my infinite charm' conveys a level of menace rarely committed to tape). There are clever linking atmospheric sounds that bond the songs loosely to the undercurrent themes, and there is a tight, dark, melancholic feel to the whole which is quite unsettling. It is unrelentingly intense, albeit with a ebb and flow in pace, and immensly slick throughout. This sustains right through to the final haunting acoustic respite/refrain of `I will remember', which gives the listener a welcome time to reflect on the aural assault they've just been through. Question is - is it better than Mindcrime that followed it? The answer is - possibly yes.