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Album Review

Rising Force was a revelation upon its release in 1984; Eddie Van Halen had introduced dazzling speed to the realm of rock guitar technique, and the compositions of Randy Rhoads had begun to fuse heavy metal with neo-classical influences, but no one before Yngwie Malmsteen was able to combine those elements with such blinding virtuosity. Malmsteen's innovative guitar style made Rising Force a mandatory primer for '80s metal guitarists, with its classical chord progressions and Malmsteen's use of harmonic minor scales, a wide vibrato imitative of classical violinists, and impossibly fast picking techniques, including the sweep-picked arpeggio (sort of a cross between strumming a chord and picking each note individually). Malmsteen's obsessions with Bach, Beethoven, and Paganini are used in the service of a dark, stately, gothic atmosphere and sent guitar students scurrying to learn their works as well as Malmsteen's own. The true inauguration of the age of the guitar shredder.

Customer Reviews


This album, let alone Yngwie Malmsteen is incredible. This was one of his most outstanding albums that he did. It shows the true purity of Yngwie Malmsteen. If you were to get any Yngwie Malmsteen album, I highly recommend that you get this one.

Best of Malmsteen...ever!!!!! lml

I've never been a fan of classical music per se but the minute I saw Yngwie Malmsteen on G3 Live In Denver, I felt compelled to get his debut album....and damn is it good!!! For starters, it would be wrong to say that YJM uses only the harmonic scale and arpeggios. He uses arpeggios, skin burning speed, screeching bends (Black Star, Evil Eye), harmonic minor scale as well as the phyrgian and myxolydian. I was forced to jump in a frenzy hearin this dude to some string bending cuz it literally sounds like the strat's screaming for its life there. You could tell there's some influences of past of Ritchie Blackmore, Nicolo Paganini and yes even a LITTLE bit Hendrix (on later releases he even covers some Hendrix classics). I could play this album over and over with the exception of the tracks that have his lead vocalist (I'm sorry but he's better off strictly at instrumentals unless he captures what he got with that song Forever One). MY favs here were Black Star, Evil Eye, Far Beyond The Sun and Icarus Dream Suite. RAWK ON YNGWIE!!!!!!XD


Personally i like this yngwie album best. It totally starts out his career on the right foot, and totally starts something new in the music business. This truly deserves 10 stars!!! Every song has its own personallity and taste. -black star a great start -far beyond- a great anthem -now ships- great rock evil eye0\- great mix of classical and rock -icarcus dream- a song that makes your spine tickle -as above below- not the best but still good -little savage- eery song but satisfying farewell- an excellent end and cool down from the BEST 7 SONGS EVER BEFORE IT!!!!


Born: June 30, 1963 in Stockholm, Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Yngwie Malmsteen is arguably the most technically accomplished hard rock guitarist to emerge during the '80s. Combining a dazzling technique honed over years of obsessive practice with a love for such classical composers as Bach, Beethoven, and Paganini, Malmsteen's distinctively Baroque, gothic compositional style and lightning-fast arpeggiated solos rewrote the book on heavy metal guitar. His largely instrumental debut album, Rising Force, immediately upped the ante for aspiring hard rock guitarists...
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