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Screaming In Digital 170 (Queensryche Fanzine)
SCREAMING IN DIGITAL
The On-Line Queensryche Digest : Volume 170 - 19Dec94
"Futuristic 'Rychean discussion." - Michael Wilton
"Quite entertaining to read." - Chris DeGarmo
Produced in cooperation with the Queensryche Campaign fan club.
Hosted by Internet Online Services, a division of IDT.
Edited by Dan "Shag" Birchall.
FTP : ios.com, /pub/users/qryche
WWW : http://www.ios.com/~qryche/
Screaming in Digital - Editor's Note
Hi, folks! Please note the new address - as if you could overlook it,
since there's a whole new header up there. My apologies to those of
you who were great fans of the good old ASCII tri-ryche header, but as
we continue to move into the information age, I'm using more in the
way of hypertext illustrations, as those with graphical WorldWideWeb
browsers can attest.
For those of you who are wondering, the machine which had been hosting
the digest - Arginine - spent last weekend dead. A very brief volume
169 did go out, but to less than one third of the subscribers -
unfortunately, all the data was on Arginine. Fortunately, Arginine was
revived, and I managed to recover all the needed data, and have now
moved it to a more reliable site.
Tina and I are continuing to work on getting the Queensryche Campaign
on-line. This e-mail address (email@example.com) will serve as a gateway
to both the digest and the fan club. Tina and the band don't have
proper access at the moment, but do provide information through other
lower-tech channels. Hopefully the connectivity situation will be
taken care of by early 1995. For those of you interested in joining
the Queensryche Campaign or ordering Queensryche merchandise, there
should be an order form up in the fanclub subdirectory on the FTP site
listed above. Print it out, fill it out, mail it in.
Anyway, on with the digest.
Ensucklopedia Entry - Benjamin
Airplay - Anne-Marie
European Tour Dates - Michael
Updated Tour Dates - Tina
Queensryche on Rockline - Kinga
Second Single - Greg
Promised Land in South Africa - Kobus
Recent Album Covers - Andrew
Disconnected Choreography - Heather
Someone Else? - Jim
Geoff's Smoking Again - Joe
Canadian Tour Dates? - Jean-Yves
I Am I Single - Charles
Promo CD - Benjamin
License Plates? - Derek
Scarborough Fair - Carmen
Imports - Benjamin
Queensryche and Dream Theater - Jim
Tate and LaBrie - Kinga
Damaged Comparisons - Joe
Damaged Comparisons - Dawn
Damaged Comparisons - Todd
Damaged Comparisons - Andrew
Lady Jane Comparisons - Joe
Obsessive Love as a Theme - Joe
Hidden Lyrics in Promised Land - John-Arthur
Gonna Get Close to You Theme - Joe
Rage for Order Theme - Christopher
Surgical Strike Theme - Joe
Rockline Copy Wanted - Diana
Video Bootleg for Trade - John
Free Bootleg - Todd
Vampiric Interpretation - Regan
Vampirism in Rage for Order - Jesselyn
Neue Regel - News & Reviews
Ensucklopedia Entry - Benjamin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I recently noticed that there is a concert photo of Queensryche in the
Beavis & Butthead Ensucklopedia. They don't say anything bad about the
band; in fact they don't even mention that it's Queensryche. The
purpose of the photo is to illustrate their explanation of concert
stuff. Anyway, I think the photo was taken from the Monsters of Rock
tour in Europe a couple of years ago. If anyone has seen this picture
and knows for sure when it was taken, let me know.
Airplay - Anne-Marie (email@example.com)
Recently I have been hearing Queensryche tunes on Dutch radio. This
has never happened before as far as I know, except maybe for some
Silent Lucidity. Now they are playing I Am I and Lady Jane which is
very nice for a change. There's a rather new radio station called RTL
Rock Radio which sends out requests to its listeners to call them and
tell them what to play. My guess would be that quite a number of
people must have called requesting Queensryche, otherwise they
wouldn't have played it. On national public radio they only send out
top 40 stuff, so that's not very interesting for rock fans. There used
to be a one-hour rock show in the evening but that went away,
European Tour Dates - Michael (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Two tour dates were announced in the newspapers this weekend: March
first at the Kongresszentrum B in Stuttgart, Germany and March third
at the Volkshaus in Zurich, Switzerland. These are the only ones I can
Updated Tour Dates - Tina (email@example.com)
Proposed World Tour 1995 - Updated December 7, 1994. Schedule Subject
February - Europe
Feb 09, 1995 - Barrowland, Glasgow UK
Feb 10, 1995 - Apollo, Manchester UK
Feb 11, 1995 - City Hall, Sheffield UK
Feb 13, 1995 - Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham UK
Feb 14, 1995 - Civic Hall, Wolverhampton UK
Feb 16, 1995 - Town & Country Club, Leeds UK
Feb 17, 1995 - Centre, Newport UK
Feb 19, 1995 - Forest National, Brussels BE
Feb 20, 1995 - Elysee Montmartre, Paris FR
Feb 22, 1995 - Hugenottenhalle, Neu Isenberg DE
Feb 23, 1995 - Capitol, Hannover DE
Feb 24, 1995 - Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg DE
Feb 26, 1995 - Cirkus, Stockholm SE
Feb 27, 1995 - KB Halle, Copenhagen, DE
Feb 28, 1995 - Huxley's Neue Welt, Berlin DE
March - Europe
Mar 01, 1995 - Congress Centrum, Stuttgart DE
Mar 03, 1995 - Palalido, Milan IT
Mar 04, 1995 - Volkshaus, Zurich CH
Mar 05, 1995 - Terminal 1, Munich DE
Mar 07, 1995 - E-Werk, Cologne DE
Mar 08, 1995 - Ahoy, Rotterdam NL
Mar 10, 1995 - Royal Albert Hall, London UK
March - Japan
Mar 16, 1995 - Kose Nenkin Hall, Tokyo JP
Mar 17, 1995 - Osawka JP
Mar 18, 1995 - Sun Palace, Fukuoka JP
Mar 20, 1995 - Sun Plaza, Tokyo JP
Mar 22, 1995 - T-21, Sendai Zumi JP
Mar 23, 1995 - Club Chitta, Kawasaki JP
Mar 24, 1995 - Kanni-Hoken Hall, Tokyo JP
Speak - Comments & Questions
Queensryche on Rockline - Kinga (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I listened to Queensryche's appearance on Rockline and was appalled by
the IQ of many callers. First place goes to the girl who confused the
band with some other group and "accused" Queensryche of causing a
scandal with their album cover. It's not Guns N Roses, for Christ's
sake, it's Queensryche!
Second place goes to the guy who wanted a comparison of Promised Land
and Empire but couldn't even cite the titles of the albums! I just
loved Geoff's reply: get the album and make up your own opinion.
That's right! People should do some thinking before clogging up the
phone lines and making fools out of themselves on national radio.
The host was no other than Mike Inez of Alice In Chains and he did an
OK job, since everybody knows he's not a professional broadcaster.
Unfortunately I haven't learned anything new from the interview. One
answer ticked me off quite a bit - when asked about the full band
version of Someone Else? they said that we can go to a record store
that carries imports and order it. Sure, now that I bought Promised
Land the day it came out, why don't I go ahead and spend $30 more
just for that one song? I'm not so keen on the idea, being in the
financial situation I am.
Second Single - Greg (email@example.com)
Well, the second single is out, and I'm disappointed to find out that
it's Bridge. I like the tune, but whoever decided to release this song
as #2 made a big mistake. If it was management, they're clueless. The
album is currently #78 (yes, 78 in the December 10th Billboard) and
dropping like a rock. Releasing an introspective, acoustic-based
personal tune with no hook is not going to attract new listeners to
this album, and that's a shame. Doesn't anyone do market research
anymore? The core of Queensryche's listening audience probably bought
it in the first days of release, and we would all probably buy an
album of Geoff singing the phonebook. Maybe they want to remain as a
sort of "underground" band with a smaller listening audience. As
Michael said in a recent interview, "We are the alternative to
alternative." I just hope EMI isn't getting antsy about drooping
sales. I've always thought that Rage was about 5 years ahead of its
time. Maybe this album is, too. Then again, maybe Hit Parader was
right. I hope not.
Promised Land in South Africa - Kobus (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is my first post to Screaming in Digital, but I have a good
reason. I finally managed to get Promised Land in South Africa on
December 10th, almost two months after its release in the United
States! Unfortunately some new releases take very long to reach these
distant shores, with resulting frustration as you can well imagine.
I won't bore anybody with a long review, but I feel some first
impressions might be appropriate. After reading reviews about the
album for the past 6 or 7 weeks I finally had the chance myself.
My first impression was that the music had the same feel to it as the
song Real World. It is also not heavy, as many people had remarked,
but that distracts nothing from the sheer quality of it. Songs that
sounded great at first listen were Bridge and Someone Else. Promised
Land, Lady Jane, Out of Mind and One More Time were added to these
after the second listen. The more I listened to it, the less it
sounded like Real World, and now I have to admit that that impression
was fortunately only a first one.
After reading all your reviews it was interesting to listen to the
songs with some of your opinions in mind and to compare them with my
own. The whole album has a very introspective nature to it. There are
numerous mentions of "I" and "me" in the lyrics and I have to agree
with those who said it is very moody. In this respect it is almost a
I rate it with The Warning firmly in second place after Operation:
Recent Album Covers - Andrew (email@example.com)
Queensryche is excellent at portraying a visual image in order to
describe their mood. The video for Gonna Get Close to You is one
example. But why have the past two album covers, for Empire and
Promised Land, been so weak? Sure, the tri-ryche is neat, but why
must it be the only thing on the cover? Any ideas why Queensryche
would go from the excellent Operation: Mindcrime cover to one like
Disconnected Choreography - Heather (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I cannot get enough Queensryche. As usual, a new Queensryche release
sends me digging through my collection and overdosing on past and
present 'Ryche. I'm driving my friends crazy. But the one song I've
really gone nuts over is Disconnected. The first time I heard the
song, I was lying on the floor and a strange urge came over me. I
started writhing on the floor to this hypnotic saxophone and wonderful
funky beat. I couldn't stop! I listened to it over and over and by the
end of the night I had this whole choreographed number worked out! I
had so much fun but I must admit, I felt pretty silly when all was
said and done. Anyone else had strange urges while listening to their
Someone Else? - Jim (email@example.com)
I've only recently heard the full band version of the song (thank you,
Kristin!), and I like it, but not as much as the piano version. In
this case less is best, at least for me. Geoff's vocals are the same
in both versions, note for note to be exact, a result of the
plug-and-play technology available today. But what is it that makes
the two versions so different? With the full band version, it's almost
like Anybody Listening? in places, while the piano version delivers a
more lasting impression, a feeling of loneliness and solemn
contemplation. I can picture Geoff sitting alone in the studio venting
his emotions through this song, almost in a self-help kind of way. I
don't get the same mental impression from the full score. It's still
poignant, but lacking somewhat in sincerity. Again, this is merely
opinion. If it comes down to the two versions, I'd rather hear them do
the piano version in concert.
Geoff's Smoking Again - Joe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Well, Geoff is smoking again; I saw it on MTV's Headbanger's Ball.
There they were at that coffee house in Seattle (I can't remember the
name of it) but I know that Scott wasn't drinking any coffee. Then,
from out of nowhere, Geoff tips a cigarette and ashes fall. Well, what
the hell; I'm trying to become a vegetarian, but I still eat meat like
crazy. So don't feel bad if Geoff's still smoking; at least he's still
the best singer in the world! We all have our weaknesses.
Roads to Madness - Tours & Shows
Canadian Tour Dates? - Jean-Yves (email@example.com)
Does anyone know when Queensryche is going to play in Montreal,
Quebec? I saw a list of tour dates last month, but nothing for Canada.
The only dates available thus far are for Europe and Asia.
Dates for North America haven't even been proposed at this
Spreading the Disease - Info & Resources
I Am I Single - Charles (firstname.lastname@example.org)
They did put out a promotional single for I Am I, with no other
tracks. I've got a copy of it, and as far as I can remember, it fades
out at the end, rather than ending by skipping on the last word. I
don't remember if the beginning is any different or not, but if you're
collecting, it's out there.
Promo CD - Benjamin (email@example.com)
Has anyone heard of a Queensryche CD entitled The Sound of Building
Empires? I believe it's a promo CD but I'm really not sure. I found
it in a used CD store a couple of years ago. It only contains five
songs and has exactly one song from each of their first five albums.
The first three songs Eyes of a Stranger, The Lady Wore Black, and
Take Hold of the Flame come straight from their original studio
recording. The fourth song is I Will Remember from the MTV Unplugged
session. The last song is Silent Lucidity and is a live version from
the Building Empires home video. If anyone else has this CD or knows
anything about it, drop me a line.
It is, indeed, a promotional CD. Specifically, it's the promo
for the Building Empires video. -sh
License Plates? - Derek (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am guessing there are a great number of people still looking for
Queensryche license plate for the front of a car. I have been looking
everywhere for them. If anybody has any leads, please reply.
Scarborough Fair - Carmen (email@example.com)
I need some info on Scarborough Fair. I know that it's available in
Operation: Empire and as a B-side for Anybody Listening? The problem
is that I have Anybody Listening and it has Last Time in Paris as a
B-side, not Scarborough Fair. I really want to hear this song. Is it
also available on the Japanese version of Empire? What else is
available on the Japanese version of Empire? I would be willing to buy
Anybody Listening with Scarborough Fair on it, if someone is willing
to part with it.
Scarborough Fair can be found on the European Maxi-CD single of
the song Empire and on the US CD single of Anybody Listening?.
The Japanese release of Empire doesn't include any extra
Imports - Benjamin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If anyone is interested in acquiring Queensryche import CD's, there's
a place in Houston, TX that does mail-order. It's called Sound Waves
and the number is (713-978-7025). That's only one of their five stores
in Houston. I've found a few interesting imports from Queensryche
there that they keep in stock.
One of the CD's I've gotten from them is the Japanese Promised Land.
If I remember correctly, it cost about $28. Another CD I've gotten
there is the Queensryche Unplugged. It's produced by Live Storm in
Italy and contains the five songs they performed on the unplugged
session. It also contains another seven or eight songs that were
recorded during the Warning Tour in Japan. These songs must have come
from a bootleg, because the quality is rather poor. I believe that one
cost around $22 and it's well worth it even just for the Unplugged
Queensryche and Dream Theater - Jim (email@example.com)
I don't think it's primarily a comparison of the two bands that is
taken into consideration. Granted, Dream Theater's music is much more
complex in design, while Queensryche for the most part has used a more
direct approach to songwriting, the exception being the Warning album.
What the comparisons touch upon, however, is the obvious; both bands
have a frontman with superior vocal range, and a musical chemistry
that can bring forth powerfully suggestive material, with grand sweeps
and turns that can take the listener to heights previously thought
unattainable. Both bands are in a class by themselves, and to call one
better than the other... well, that's just opinion, isn't it?
Tate and LaBrie - Kinga (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Go back 10 years in Geoff's career, and compare him then to James
LaBrie. Listen to the Queensryche EP, or The Warning, and see how that
compares. Geoff's voice was perfect then, and James still has a lot to
learn. His diction leaves a lot to be desired, and though he can go
quite high, I have never heard him singing as low as Geoff does on
Scarborough Fair. Finally, while Geoff screams only to convey
emotion, LaBrie screams to hit high notes, especially on the new
album, and this may screw up his vocal cords.
Damaged Comparisons - Joe (email@example.com)
I don't see Damaged as comparable to Metallica. I think of Damaged as
more of an AC/DC type song, kind of in the vein of Highway to Hell or
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap but without the anthemic choruses. The
girl who didn't like the Metallica comparison will probably like my
AC/DC comparison even less.
Damaged Comparisons - Dawn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I don't really think Damaged is a Metallica rip-off. Metallica's
guitar sound is thicker and more sloppy; I've never heard a crisp
crunchy riff like that in Damaged in any Metallica song - and I've
heard quite a few. I was going to compare the sound to some other
band, but it just didn't work. I think it's pretty unique.
As for James Heftield's vocal ability, I'll have to say he has none
compared to Geoff, but he never intended to be a vocalist. They
originally auditioned vocalists and asked John Bush (now of Anthrax)
to be the singer. He said no, so James decided to be lead screamer
because they did not like anyone else. Don't chastise the man - he was
picking it up because no one else wanted to. He said in an interview
all he does is scream in key.
Damaged Comparisons - Todd (email@example.com)
I'm hooked on Damaged so bad that I can'd get it out of my head at
all. And the only thing Queensryche rips off is Mindcrime. The
instrumental part of "Damaged" borrows heavily from Speak and The
Damaged Comparisons - Andrew (firstname.lastname@example.org)
There's an old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." To me the
chorus for Damaged is one of the catchiest pieces I have ever heard,
and I'm glad they included so much of it in the song. And it's not
like they used the same lyrics in order to sing that part of the song.
Queensryche is the only group I know that can use the word
"psychoanalize" in a song and make it sound good.
Lady Jane Comparisons - Joe (email@example.com)
While I can understand people comparing Lady Jane to Bowie, I also see
a good bit of Beatlesque influence. It kind of reminds me of The Long
and Winding Road or Let It Be or anything that Paul McCartney plays
piano on. Besides, Chris has stated numerous times that he used to
play along to Beatle records when he was a kid.
The Killing Words - Interpretation
Obsessive Love as a Theme - Joe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I feel that Queensryche uses obsessive love quite frequently as a
theme in their music because it is so prevalent in our lives. Whether
we admit it or not, we've all been obsessed with someone and had
people be obsessed with us. I've been obsessed with girls that I knew
I couldn't have - almost got beaten up by the boyfriend of one of
these girls I tried to make a move on. I've also had girls that I
wasn't particularly interested in have obsessive thoughts about me.
The theme here is usually someone that you have absolutely no interest
in whatsoever that winds up being obsessed with you or vice versa.
In songs such as Walk in the Shadows, Gonna Get Close to You, and The
Thin Line, Geoff presents himself as this creepy person who spends so
much time thinking about the woman, and hanging around her, that she
gets scared of him. I feel that Queensryche's music is a catharsis for
a person in such a situation, helping the person realize how demonic
such love can be. It helps you realize that you become so mesmerized
by that person that you waste so much time and energy on them. Love by
itself is wonderful, but when it becomes obsessive, it can be pretty
Hidden Lyrics in Promised Land - John-Arthur (email@example.com)
Ever since I got it, I have listened exclusively to Promised Land. I
love this album. I was so awed when I first got it, I literally fell
down in the middle of the sidewalk. I just was so happy that I had
more Queensryche! I think that my favorite songs are I Am I, Out of
Mind, Promised Land, Lady Jane, One More Time and Someone Else? I
realize that those are almost all the songs on the album. =^)
Anyway, I have listened and listened, and I believe I have found some
hidden lyrics in the song Promised Land. First of all, during the
entire first verse, I can just make out a woman talking in the
background. It sounds as though she is on a two-way radio. I can't
make out what she is saying at all. Then at the end, a lot of voices
start speaking at once.
So far, I've only been able to make out a whisper at about 5:28. It
sounds like someone says "The American dream has been lost" and then
something like "to the will of society" or "to the various societies"
or "to the barbarian societies" or even more sinister "to the Bavarian
Anyway, then it says "drinks for all my friends," followed by a clink,
and then very softly "please..." and I think I can make out "help me"
but it is very, very soft.
Geoff also seems to be singing in the background in that end bit. I'm
not sure what he is saying. It almost sounds like "scream into my ear"
or, less likely, "green is my favorite color."
Gonna Get Close to You Theme - Joe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In a recent issue, someone said they thought Gonna Get Close to You
was vampiric. I can understand Walk in the Shadows being vampiric, but
in my opinion, Gonna Get Close to You is simply about stalking.
Besides, it wasn't even written by any of the members of Queensryche.
It was written in 1984 by a Canadian performer named Lisa Dal Bello.
If she wrote that song with the vampire idea in mind, then I guess it
could be interpreted in that manner in the hands of Queensryche. But
in my mind, it's simply about stalking. Check out Possession by
another Canadian artist, Sarah McLachlan. Now there's a song about
Rage for Order Theme - Christopher (email@example.com)
I have discovered that the concept of Rage for Order is really about
secret, undercover assassins trying to start a revolution. It starts
with Walk in the Shadows. Assassins tend to hide in the shadows,
waiting for their victims to come out. I Dream in Infrared shows that
even an assassin can be in a relationship, and because of his
dedication to his work, he finds that he is different, unable to love.
It's a masquerade, and he can see only the infrared visions of his
work. The Whisper is a message of the state of the world at the time
the album takes place. It is the future, and technology now rules, but
an underground revolution is taking place. Gonna Get Close to You is a
first person look into the mind of the assassin as he stalks a woman.
He starts to feel some physical attraction for her, but then realizes
that his mission is more important. The Killing Words is the final
realization that the assassin's relationship was over. The two people
toyed with the idea of taking some time to sort out the changes, but
in the end, no matter how painful, the assassin knew the risk was too
great. It was over. The next few songs were a flashback in the mind of
the emotionally disturbed assassin. Surgical Strike was how in the
past, he too was a soldier of the technological government. The
programmed him not to feel, but somehow he broke free. Neue Regel is
the beginning of the revolution, a call of order, that the assassin
felt obligated to join. It was an order of a new kind. Chemical Youth,
perhaps now in the present, is the anthem cry of the revolutionaries.
It shows that the cause is worth dying for, in the eyes of the
assassin, and those like him. London is the series of thoughts going
through the assassin's mind after he finds out that his ex-girlfriend
was killed because of her relations with him. He regrets leaving her
in the first place, and wishes it were he who was killed instead. He
regrets even joining the revolution now, but knows he doesn't want to
go back to the government. Screaming in Digital is the operatic climax
of the album. The assassin goes back to the source of his pain, the
computer who programmed him not to feel. In his mind, the computer is
a father, but wants no more to do with it. All he wants is to be able
to feel and dream. The computer reminds the assassin that no one is
listening anymore, and that there is nothing for him to do. Slowly,
the assassin realizes that there is nothing he can do, and that he is
part machine now. In contemplation, he retreats to the hills, and
looks into the sky. With I Will Remember, he sees that there will
always be a star up there that can lock on to him, and know his every
thought, and sometimes even make his thoughts. He also knows that he
is as much a part of this chain as anyone else. He is left with only
the hope that someday his mind can transcend from the boundaries of
his programming, and that he can dream again.
Actually, if you'd like to know my views, this is pure stupidity, like
much of what I've been reading lately. :)
Surgical Strike Theme - Joe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I don't think Surgical Strike is vampiric. It's about war. A few years
ago, a pretty weird friend of mine explained that a "surgical strike"
involved going to the heart of a world problem - for example, killing
Saddam Hussein to stop the war with Iraq.
If you look at the lyrics, you can tell that Queensryche is presenting
a war story. Remember that we were in the midst of the cold war when
Queensryche released Rage for Order, although in a few months Mikhail
Gorbachev would bring about glasnost and perestroika. This was
Queensryche's way of dealing with the possibility of World War III, in
Anybody Listening? - Advertisements
Rockline Copy Wanted - Diana (email@example.com)
I'm desperately searching for a copy of the Rockline interview? It
didn't air here in New York City, or if it did, I couldn't find it.
I'll trade photocopies of all the US, UK and Japanese Promised Land
interviews for it.
Video Bootleg for Trade - John (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I have a copy of the one-off show at the Astoria Theatre in London on
October 20, 1994. This is a low generation, audience shot video with
good close-ups and a running time is 80 minutes. The set list is:
Empire, Anarchy X, Revolution Calling, Damaged, Promised Land with
Geoff on sax, Disconnected, The Killing Words, Della Brown, Bridge,
Silent Lucidity, The Lady Wore Black, My Empty Room, Real World, I
Don't believe in Love, Waiting for 22, and Eyes of a Stranger. I am
looking for trades. If you're interested, e-mail me your trading list.
Free Bootleg - Todd (email@example.com)
If anybody wants a copy of a bootleg recorded in the UK, e-mail me. I
only have one copy of it, and it sounds like crap, so I wouldn't want
someone to pay for it. Most of the songs are from Empire and
Breaking the Silence - Miscellaneous
Vampiric Interpretation - Regan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I agree with those who think that much of Rage for Order is not just
dark, but vampiric. Vampirism is not the only issue brought up on the
album, as is shown by songs which are clearly not about vampirism,
like Surgical Strike, Chemical Youth, or our namesake, but it is a
recognizable theme on the album.
London's lyrics with its "blood red streaks on velvet throats at
night" are unmistakable, and John points out that Geoff has stated the
intent behind Walk in the Shadows. I have always read The Whisper
thinking that it was about a vampire, but that could say more about my
twisted mind than about the song itself. Finally, it's rather hard to
argue that Gonna Get Close to You is not about vampirism - in addition
to voyeurism and stalking - after you've seen what Queensryche makes
of it in the video. Yes, perhaps this is an unnatural interpretation
of the lyrics, but it appears to be one which Queensryche supports.
Vampirism in Rage for Order - Jesselyn (email@example.com)
I have received a few responses to my original post, and the consensus
is that Rage for Order is largely vampiric. Fair enough. Songs cited
to support this are generally Walk in the Shadows, Gonna Get Close to
You, and London. Yes, I believe they are rather vampiric. However, I
think that it is not doing justice to the rest of the album. As was
mentioned last week, many of these songs are very dark which is what
lends these songs so well to vampiric interpretation. True, just
because they are dark does not necessarily mean that they are meant to
be vampiric. To all those people familiar with Vampire the Masquerade,
I propose that Chemical Youth/We Are Rebellion, and (oh, yes) Surgical
Strike are songs concerning the Sabbat. In Vampire the Masquerade,
the Sabbat are a group of vampires that have a bad reputation, largely
through Camarilla propaganda. Politics - can't escape them even after
death. Please feel free to e-mail me if you wish to discuss this line
That's all for now - I hope you all have a most enjoyable holiday.
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