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On December 17, 2018
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Overall, this is one worth rediscovering as a very forward work for its time. Too, the quality of the work lets it live outside of its year of conception. Though it is an 80's sound, I can still listen with complete comfort without thinking, man, it is just too dated. Operation Mindcrime, in its entirety, including "Revolution Calling" has been at the top of my list since the first time I heard it way back when.

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

The dirt…

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.


Overall, this is one worth rediscovering as a very forward work for its time. Too, the quality of the work lets it live outside of its year of conception. Though it is an 80's sound, I can still listen with complete comfort without thinking, man, it is just too dated. Operation Mindcrime, in its entirety, including "Revolution Calling" has been at the top of my list since the first time I heard it way back when.
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4 Comments

    1. Darrin, nicer words I couldn’t imagine. Thank you so much! What is you favorite Queensryche song?

      1. I’ve always though in the conceptual albums Mindcrimes is the best. It’s hard for me to pick one … but if I did “I’m gonna get close to you” was the one that dragged me in the fold & “I don’t believe on love” cemented me as a fan.

        1. you know, that is why I picked one off of Mindcrime, to me, that is the height of QueensRyche, though there are others I like, but this one had me from start to finish! The two songs you mention are awesome too, I like them a lot too! Thank you so much for your picks! I wonder, what new music are you listening to these days, I would love to explore there too…

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