This song is called “Revolution Calling” from the band, QueensRyche’s third album, “Operation Mindcrime” originally released in 1988.
The band, at the time was:
- Geoff Tate- Vocals
- Chris Degarmo- Guitars
- Michael Wilton- Guitars
- Eddie Jackson- Bass
- Scott Rockenfield- Drums
The theme and its execution isn’t the work of drug-addled punks hell-bent on perpetrating an auditory assault.Randy Luckie
This was the third cut on the album, which was a concept album, as in all the songs on the album were movements of the same story line. Operation Mindcrime told the story of a disgruntled youth caught up in some sinister doings and people (Like Dr. X). This link will share an article where Chris explains the story in full, Mindcrime story.
‘Revolution Calling‘ is telling the part of how Nikki, the main character, became involved in such activities that led him to be the heroin addicted hit man he became. Per Chris, “This is Dr. X laying out his philosophy and indoctrination.” My favorite line from the song is ‘who do you trust when everyone is a crook‘.
First of notice is the vocals of Geoff Tate. They are simply spectacular. Geoff exhibited a very dynamic range and artful delivery that pulled the listener in to see what’s going on here. His sound was all his own and at the time, tip top of the genre. Regardless of the genera likes or dislikes, this guy could wail! I particularly like how well his vocals sell the story; matching the vocals perfectly in tone, mood and timber to the music resulting in a very unique tight feel and sound.
Next is the the guitar work of Chris Degarmo and Michael Wilton. The dual guitar sound is one of the main characteristics of the band, instantly recognizable as this band and no other. They built complex arrangements with growling lows and searing highs, all matched by Geoff’s vocals.
Chris was undoubtedly one of the major creative influences of the band, later evidenced upon his departure from the band in 1998. But at this release, both he and Micheal, and the band in total, were in top form. This song was written by Tate and Wilton.
It was their combined guitar work backed by solid bassist Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield that pushed this band somewhere between progressive and metal. Some proclaim it the first progressive-metal album. The music is no doubt metal, but has progressive constructs through out. Both the words and the music are smart. This song, or the album story, in general, is no slouch of a story. The theme and its execution isn’t the work of drug-addled punks hell-bent on perpetrating an auditory assault.