Queensryche came close to cracking the Top 40 with this 1986 LP, continuing on their classic-metal path with London; the Killing Words; Surgical Strike, and more. Bonus tracks: Walk in the Shadows (live); I Dream in Infrared ('91 acoustic remix), and two live cuts!
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. Lyrically, the album explored social/personal, political and technological themes, among others highlighting the dangers of artificial intelligence and government intrusion. The concept of robotics would also be emphasized through the use of staccato rhythms and vocal effects such as a reverse echo.
The band's management insisted on Queensrÿche taking an image associated more with glam rock, glam metal or gothic metal. As a result, the promo photos and album artwork depicted the band members wearing trench coats, heavy make-up and perms.