On a lonely walk this morning A light mist in the air Dark clouds laughing at me in silence Casting shadows through my hair
In the distance I saw a woman Dressed in black with eyes of grey She wore her pain like a shackled spirit Eternal life was her debt to pay
The darkness. The moodiness. The slow song building to a faster song. This song is classic early 80′s metal and quite a ways from what the band would eventually become lyrically, but exactly what everyone at the time wanted to hear. It could have easily fit in alongside Dio and Krokus and Saxon. It’s really interesting to see how they have developed their own style and themes over the next five or six years.
(You Will) Set the World on Fire, David Bowie/ Superpower, X Ambassadors/ Child of Fire, Queensryche/ Power, Kanye West/ Firestarter, The Prodigy/ Pa Pa Power, Dead Man’s Bones/ Fire, Fire, M.I.A./ We Will Rock You, Queen/ I Love Playin’ With Fire, The Runaways/ Power & Control, Marina and the Diamonds
Promised Land is an underrated album for the band in my opinion, likely overlooked due to a shift in the music landscape at the time, along with the fact that it didn’t sound exactly like Empire or have a huge hit ballad like Silent Lucidity. In any case, if you skipped over Promised Land, be sure to give it a shot!
My faves: Damaged, Bridge, Disconnected, My Global Mind, One More Time, Someone Else?
Ride, to a place beyond our time Reach, for the edges of your mind, and you are there See, that the light will find its way Back to a place where it will stay, make it stay
One of the consistent lyrical tricks the band does is begin with a single word (ride, reach, see) that stands alone and follow the melody after it. While this isn’t really revolutionary, it does take advantage of background singers in the band a lot more than other metal bands, especially more progressive ones who pretty much just sing the lines.
Cries from the aisles the tolling of the judgement bell Eyes watched the violence the absence of those who have seen, marks the faith of the spell
Cold is the viper stalking the night for the heat It must find Time is the promise delivered with stunning consistency line after line, time after time the innocent victim awaits…
The opening guitars intrigued me, but the keyboard blast as the verse begins and the subsequent keyboards kept me from really embracing this song at first. Without those flourishes, this could very well have been something on Operation:Mindcrime - it fits musically and thematically.
Surprises: “Neue Regel” and “Gonna Get Close To You”
Overall: Before they became a metal favorite with “Silent Lucidity” or a critical favorite with Operation:Mindcrime, Queensryche released an album that was far too experimental and daring for their level of success. Usually, bands still trying to break through don’t incorporate other musical styles (particularly in the very rigidly defined metal genre), but Queensryche did just that and the result was that much of the album ended up sounding more like Nine Inch Nails of Sisters of Mercy than Judas Priest or Black Sabbath. Additionally, they began to become known as the “thinking metal band” with lyrics that were far beyond the everyday stories of love and lust. There is a consistent thread of rebellion and individualism in heavy metal (and rock ‘n’ roll for that matter) and it is present in Queensryche’s music as well, but here they place it in different settings, often futuristic and/or dystopian, with a greater infusion of technology which allows them to also include the individual vs. society conflicts and themes like the abuse of technology and surveillance. The difference with Queensryche is that instead of just using their regular style to tell the stories, they decided to make the music of the song part of the story, giving the listener a fully immersive experience.
Even though I hated the album when it came out, once I heard Operation:Mindcrime which seemingly came out of nowhere, I, like so many other metal fans, went back into their catalog and realized that everything in their concept album opus were in their music all along, most of them right in Rage For Order. As they say, as my tastes matured and I understood the band better, this album makes more sense and it becomes easier to engage in its brilliance.
In the dead of night She’ll come and take you away Searing beams of light and thunder Over blackened plains She will find her way
Flying high through the night She will hide your fate As she takes your soul from under And the blinding light of the castle fades
From the first song on their first EP, Queensryche understood how to utilize two guitarists. Instead of just having them play the same thing together, play harmonies, or have one guitarist play a lead while the other plays the rhythm, they each play different rhythm parts to open the song, creating a larger sound than other two guitar bands. Of course, they would continue to expand this and experiment with it throughout their careers, creating layer upon layer of guitar in their songs, even though there are only two of them.
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Reach for a new horizon Setting sights on a circuit scream Hail the new arrival on Static signs from a distant wanderer Fill the air nights are never seen Face the electric time shock now No it’s not a dream anymore
I’m pretty sure I skipped this song every time it came on when I was first listening to the album and didn’t really warm up to it until I got into industrial metal (aka expanded my understanding of music). To say that this song challenged what i knew music to be would be an understatement, but that challenge certainly allowed me to experience and understand a wider variety of songs.
Again, they sing of a New Order or New Regime, what it would take to achieve one and what the effects would be, but do it in such a musically futuristic way that it seems fictional and not possible.
What? You say you’re through with me? I’m not through with you We’ve had what others might call love You say it’s over now, what’s done, what’s through? You can’t stay away, you need me, oh, I need you
When the fire starts the pain’s too much for your mind You need attention, what’s good is only mine I can cure the hunger that burns in your heart So just come to me, I’ll take you home
This was one of the songs that I immediately loved on the album and I always thought the way the first vocal came in was really cool. And of course, the guitars on it are perfect - great riff, great solo - as are the vocals, the lyrics, and the chorus. And then the way the song builds to a crashing end is more intense than most songs dared to be. The whole song fit nicely into what I wanted from a metal song in 1986. It remains one of my favorite Queensryche songs to this date.
Microchip logic have we no more thought “Is this wrong” I enter Answers sought Punch, punch, punch, transfer this data Into code. Wide eyes watch my Number 156 is shown Created from past life to perform Illicit function, I fail this conscious Madness I man/machine imperfection
It’s really cool to listen to a band and hear how they develop their ideas and themes and sound. To me, this absolutely predicts their follow up Rage To Order with its talk of rebellion and technology and the differences between computers and humans. Somehow, I didn’t even mind the changing back and forth between regular vocals and “mechanized” vocals.