Rising Force review by Yngwie Malmsteen

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  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.7 (38 votes)
Yngwie Malmsteen: Rising Force

Sound — 9
This debut solo album from the then 21-year-old heralded a frightening guitar talent that countered the Eddie Van Halen school of boozy, rock 'n' roll flash with impossibly speedy neo-classical runs, a blur of alternate picking and lightning harmonic-minor arpeggios. Yngwie got his first "big break" by sending a tape into a guitar magazine!

Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are very Power Metal and are sometimes very cheesy. Great singer though. He has a fabulous range. But the lyrics are a let down. I want to write more but you can't really write in the lyrics section when really this albums all about one man Yngwie Malmsteen, the guitarist.

Overall Impression — 10
This album pratically created Neo-Classical music. We had Ritchie Blackmore doing it but more subtly and noone really knew that it was classical runs. But this man, who takes a huge influence from the Man In Black plays these classical runs with more precision and more speed. This album encouraged me too look out for any other Neo-Classical guitarists and I'm glad I bought it now. It's made me completely revamp my style and the way I play. But now I can't really listen to ohter music without there being a fast guitarist!

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    Yngwie kicks ass. Yah, I am pretty sure he probably used pickups that were hot rodded like insanely... or maybe he just had a 6k fender...