Queensryche – Revolution Calling

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.


3 thoughts on “Queensryche – Revolution Calling

  1. If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say many teenagers experienced a Metallica-bolstered literary inspiration in 1989 to seek out Dalton Trumbo’s anti-war classic Johnny Got His Gun. And people still believe that hard rock and heavy metal categorically threaten the academic futures of teens. This epic track undoubtedly rivals anything the band had produced previously, and that kind of consistent success is nothing if not a rarity in the turbulent business of rock music. The group’s endless fascination with hell-on-earth situations and subject matter will probably always distinguish Metallica to some extent, but the band’s compositional precision and efficiency are what ultimately earn a solid niche as consummate Rock and Roll Hall of Famers.

  2. The Stooges also began to establish and influence a heavy metal and later punk sound, with songs such as ” I Wanna Be Your Dog “, featuring pounding and distorted heavy guitar power chord riffs.

  3. Pingback: Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised | Political Tunes

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