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  • As much as I hear time and again that “Mindcrime” was the Seattle quintet’s finest, I always have to argue that this 1986 gem is the pinnacle of their career. While I was a big fan of Mindcrime and it’s predecessor “The Warning”, Rage For Order is QR’s most consistent release and is mezmerising from start to finish. In a word..”perfect”.
    So few bands can boast having made a perfect album. I can think only of The Beatles (Sgt. Pepper & Revolver to name a few), Pink Floyd (The Wall, Dark Side), Dream Theater (Images & Awake), and Boston (Debut). Rage is an album to be listened to and appreciated. Released in the hey-day of “hair metal”, this album has not one single song that lends itself to the tag. None of the songs, while very image provoking, could be easily made into an MTV hit. Although “Gonna Get Close To You” aired on MTV (rarely I might add) it didn’t even scratch the surface of this album’s potential.
    Overall, the performances of each member outshine anything before, or since. DeGarmo and Wilton trade licks masterfully. Rockenfield and Jackson keep a very tight bottom end. Tate…well…Tate was THE metal singer at that time and this was his finest performance.
    While the mix was somewhat lacking, the production was incredible. Each song blends into each other perfectly. This was metal that was unique and completely original. I think the term “thinking man’s metal” was coined at the time. That said, I can think of no other release at the time to which that term could be applied. Unlike most of their metal contemporaries at the time, Rage was athmospheric, intellectual, and surreal. Rage succeeded where Priest’s “Turbo” failed abysmally. It was a stark vision of the future and the metal was more futuristic than we’d ever heard before. It was like listening to a whole new machine. It still holds it’s own 20 year later, seeming as fresh and “now” as anything in progressive metal.

    Posted on November 14, 2009