YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN — Rising Force (review)

YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN — Rising Force album cover Album · 1984 · Neoclassical metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
NJCat_11
This album inspired me to play the guitar.

Yngwie J. Malmsteen has the ego of a supreme deity and the skill set to match. From the beautiful intro of "Black Star" to the familiar outro of "Farewell", this album is sublime. This wonderful debut is essential for every guitarist and just damn good music for everyone else. The first track of the album is my favorite song ever recorded by Malmsteen. It has a meloncholic presence that is awe-inspiring and relaxing all at once. The circus act of the next song, "Far Beyond the Sun", is far beyond the imagination and by itself a masterpiece as well. The frenzy of that song is again contrasted with the soft, moving "Icarus' Dream Suite Op.4", yet another masterpiece of guitar virtuosity. Though the album may be short, there is no shortage of great songs here.

This album is incredible, especially if the guitar is your love.
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