Category: Heavy, Thrash, Power Metal Published on Thursday, 19 May 2011 18:29 Written by Chris "CountRaven" Papadakis Hits: 808
Rising Force Records
This the new album of Swedish guitar master Yngwie Malmsteen. The first one on his new label Rising Force Records. Twelve tracks of pure six string magic. Well it is a fact that this album can be mentioned as one of the most inspired records that Malmsteen have released through the latest years. Well let’s take a look at the people that are behind this magnificent comeback. First of all, the vocals in this record have been performed by Tim “Reaper” Owens (ex Judas Priest, Iced Earth) and this is something that adds hundreds of bonus points to the final result as Reaper’s powerful vocals fit very well with Malmsteen’s heavenly guitar melodies. I believe that this is one of the best choices that Yngwie has done in his entire career as far as the vocals slot. It is this raw power on Reaper’s voice that would turn the songs into real dynamites. The album was produced and engineered by Yngwie himself, and mixed by Roy Z (who has previously worked with Judas Priest and Bruce Dickinson, among others). The top names contributing in this record are even more as the keyboardist Derek Sherinian (ex Dream theater and member in many other bands and projects) and drummer Patrick Johansson (also Without Grief and many other bands), Yngwie contributed bass, additional keyboards, and vocals, as well) are completing the magic line up line up. Back into the music, well as I have already pointed out here we got a really inspired album. You can hear songs in a powerful mixture of Neoclassical and Euro Power Metal, some catchy instrumentals and even some more Hard Rocking tunes. The surprise of the album is the track Magic City –one of my favorites- where Yngwie does the vocals. If you would ask me to pick some tracks from the album those would be Priest Of The unholy (great mid tempo anthem with an epic touch), the opening track Death Dealer (a classic Neoclassical, stormy track where Reapers does some great vocals) and Lament which is one of favorite instrumentals in here gifted with melancholic melodies. Well it seems has done it for one more time. All his fans should check out this album, if you are not a die hard one but you are still after some inspired guitar based signing Steel offered by a virtuoso this is your album.
An impressive come back!
8 out of 10