Shaking your rear end in tight jeans and leather jackets, with hair metal dos, and then bashing the media for not telling the truth is rather disingenuous, but not every heavy metal/hard rock song about politics has to offer a cogent, coherent diagnosis and prescription for contemporary ills. Except that Queensryche are sometimes called the thinking man’s heavy metal band.
Queensryche call for a revolution (where? for what?), because politicians can’t be trusted and are just in it for the power and the money and the girls – err, kind of like heavy metal poster boys.
The song is from the band’s 1988 album, Operation: Mindcrime, kind of a concept record about an outcast in Ronald Reagan days that joins some sort of terrorist group to assassinate political leaders. Given that Reagan was almost murdered in this way, it’s quite the touchy, bold subject to add to harmonized twin lead guitar solos.
For another mixed up heavy metal take on politics, see Civil War, by Guns ‘N Roses, from this blog.