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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cold classic
This is Queensryche`s second full album after 1984`s poorly produced "The Warning", and at the time the pressure was on the band to live up to the potential of their self financed E.P. which had set the metal world alight in 1983. The band continue with the Orwellian themes of "The Warning" on this CD, but the results are far darker and even now there is something...
Published on 10 Mar 2005 by U Dick

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
Another good album, one from many by Queensryche. Buy it, play it, you will enjoy it. Yet to be totally disappointed by this band
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cold classic, 10 Mar 2005
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U Dick "heavy-duty" (Stevenston, Ayrshire) - See all my reviews
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This is Queensryche`s second full album after 1984`s poorly produced "The Warning", and at the time the pressure was on the band to live up to the potential of their self financed E.P. which had set the metal world alight in 1983. The band continue with the Orwellian themes of "The Warning" on this CD, but the results are far darker and even now there is something eerily futuristic in these songs. At the time the LP was marketed with the apt slogan "Every chord a power chord" and time has dimmed none of that power.
The first song "Walk in the shadows" perfectly showcases all of the bands strengths: Geoff Tates excellent vocals, the duelling lead guitars of Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton, the solid rhythm work courtesy of Eddie Jackson on bass and drummer Scott Rockenfield and some truely mind blowing instrumental and vocal arrangements. Every song on this album is superb but special mention must go to the gothic "Neue regel", with it`s otherworldly wierdness, the mechanical and menacing "Screaming in digital" and the beautiful but unsettling "I will remember". There is a magnificent granduer to all of the songs. The sound is a contemporary (for the Eighties) production, but never sounds dated, unlike many other albums of that era.
The bonus tracks are alright although it would have been nice to get more live tracks from this era, as the band seem to almost overlook this period when they put together live shows and albums. I would love Queensryche to make another CD in this style but I doubt they ever will. Pity. If you like your metal on the pompous side then this is very much for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Queensryche Classic, 31 May 2001
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Rage for Order is the bands 1986 release. This album if often considered to be one of Queenryches finest hours, the style of which was later re-touched upon in their 1994 album `Promised Land`. Several tracks are beloved QR classics, such as the covered song `Gonna get close to you` and `Screaming In Digital`. The whole album beholds a mystic, vampirish feel, and one look at the sleeve photgraph hints at the bands gothic reaches, something they never did again! The creative sound of this release and the content is a dark overview, but with some quiet little gems such as the atmospheric `I will remember`. Many fans often cry out for the band to return to these roots and to produce more tracks along this sort of line, hence the success of Promised Land. Any QR fan should already own this album, if you like Promised Land, you`ll love this, its older and much bolder brother.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Every Chord A Power Chord', 19 Mar 2009
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Art!, 29 Aug 2002
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Rage For Order was a revelation to me the first time I heard it.Having bought and listened to Operation:Mindcrime first,Rage For Order came as a shock to the system.Although not as heavy or bombastic as 'Mindcrime it does feel darker and comes across as a delicate blend of terror and romanticism.Throughout the album Queensryche are able to create such dramatic and precise ways of conveying the subjects of each song but always manage to make it sound so graceful and unforced.Particular highlights for me are "Neue Regel","Walk In The Shadows","I Dream In Infrared" and "Screaming In Digital",but I love the whole album and I find it impossible to find a fault with it.Buy this album and let it change your life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Album, 19 May 2013
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Another good album, one from many by Queensryche. Buy it, play it, you will enjoy it. Yet to be totally disappointed by this band
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4.0 out of 5 stars Queensr˙che - Rage For Order, 16 April 2012
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Rage For Order was the second full-length studio album by the Seattle based Progressive Metal band Queensr˙che. It was released 1986 and is quite a curious album that is both hailed by some fans as a masterpiece and condemned by other fans as a forgettable transitional period.

Initially it may take quite a few listens to really familiarize yourself with and grow accustomed to. If you only heard one or two Queensr˙che tracks before buying this it may be pretty confusing, unexpected and hard to absorb at first.

When the album came out a lot of Metal bands were incorporating synths into their sound, and indeed a lot of lighter more pop orientated metal bands were coming out and getting radio success yet this synth filled late eighties metal album doesn't really sound anything like either of the aforementioned styles. Additionally, it also came out just before the real first wave of Prog Metal bands had gained momentum and doesn't share many sonic similarities there either.

The actual music has gotten fairly far away from anything that a conventional Metal band would write at this point, yet isn't glam and isn't stereotypically Prog Metal either, in the sense of long songs with long shredding guitar solos. The album that the band released after this, Operation Mindcrime, actually had songs on it like `Speak' `Spreading The Disease' and `The Needle Lies' that were much closer to the traditional spirit of metal than anything on Rage For Order.

Stylistically, the music on this record is relatively dark, brief and quiet restrained in parts. There are moments of hard metal riffs and blazing guitar solos but they are very few and far between. It incorporates a lot of artificial sounds and synth work but in a completely different way to how the likes of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden did at the time and is more unique in its implementation of the controversial instrument.

Rage For Order delivers its dystopian themed messages of paranoia and societal-breakdown in an atmospheric and for the most part vocal-led way, that almost recalls Marillion and the solo career of Roger Waters in as much as the vocal and lyrical content takes center stage quite often and a lot of import is placed on Geoff Tate's diction and emphasis.

Luckily however, Geoff Tate is a remarkably diverse and talented singer with the skill and range to carry off such an album well. The more you get into the nuances of his performance and the polyrhythmic interplay between him and all the other band members, the more the album opens itself up to you as a listener.

Highlights include `Chemical Youth (We Are The Rebellion)' `Screaming In Digital' and `Surgical Strike.'

In summary, this isn't an album that really fits in neatly into one little box, and in that sense it embodies the true spirit of progressive music. No one had made an album like this before; it was music that literally nothing else sounded like. The evocative, melodic and richly textured music can take a good few listens to really "get," but it sure is worth giving it that chance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Superb, 19 July 2011
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Rage For Order saw Queensryche pushing the envelope with their second album in magnificent style. Perhaps not as immediately accessible as their first LP, Rage is more varied, better produced, more layered and the whole album flows beautifully from start to finish. It is the perfect precurser to Operation: Mindcrime.

Kicking off with Walk In The Shadows is not a bad way to start an album and from there on the quality of the songwriting and the bands musicianship goes from strength to strength. The album works as a package, highlights for me are the afformentioned Walk In The Shadows, The Whisper, Neau Regal, Screaming In Digital, London and the haunting and beautiful I Will Remember but everything else gets a more than special mention.

The band were simply on another plane to everyone else at the time and they carried that over into the Mindcrime sessions. To compare this album to the post DeGarmo material is like comparing day to night. All the textures and subtlety that do not exist in the bands current work are on full display here, this is a true masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top class music, 26 Sep 2014
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The second full album the sound is a lot better songs like walk in the shadows and gonna get close to you and I dream in infrared are very good songs in my view this is one of the best albums thay ever put out pure class.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Queensryche, 17 Aug 2005
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This is my favourite Queensryche album out of the 9 that I own. It is full of great songs from the start to the finish and shows what a great band they truly are. Buy it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Nov 2014
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J. A. Davies "jason_davies85" (north wales) - See all my reviews
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