Yngwie J. Malmsteen* ‎– Rising Force

Polydor ‎– 825 324-2
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Printed in U.S.A. (on inlay card).
Made in USA (on CD).

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  • Barcode (Text): 0 42282 53242 8
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 825-324-2 02!
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 825 324 2 41$
  • Distribution Code (PolyGram Records): 0501
  • SPARS Code: AAD
  • Other (Etched into clear hub ring area): MADE IN USA BY UML

Other Versions (5 of 70) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
28MM 0400 Yngwie J. Malmsteen* Rising Force(LP, Album) Polydor 28MM 0400 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
04228253242 Yngwie J. Malmsteen* Rising Force(CD, Album, RP) Polydor 04228253242 Brazil 2009 Sell This Version
P2-25324 Yngwie J. Malmsteen* Rising Force(CD, Album) Polydor P2-25324 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
MOVLP1878 Yngwie J. Malmsteen* Rising Force(LP, Album, RE, 180) Music On Vinyl, Universal Music, Polydor MOVLP1878 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
MOVLP1878 Yngwie J. Malmsteen* Rising Force(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Gol) Music On Vinyl MOVLP1878 Netherlands 2017 Sell This Version



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May 24, 2018

Yngwie Malmsteen’s 1984 debut, ‘Rising Force’, is the album that inspired a whole generation to grab a guitar and learn how to play it really, really fast, as well as giving birth to what’s known as the neoclassical subgenre, a hybrid of metal guitar playing with classical music themes. It’s a highly influential album. But does it hold up well today?

Not really.

I went into this album with some intrigue. The outspoken Malmsteen has never been too modest to tell us underlings of his superior musical abilities, so I was interested to see what the fuss was about. And to be honest, I find it pretty boring. Don’t get me wrong, he plays with absolute precision and intensity, and no doubt in 1984 this was groundbreaking stuff. But by today’s standards, it just sounds like the same recycled classical lick played over and over.

There are a few songs with vocals which aren’t too bad, ‘Now Your Ships Are Burned’ and ‘As Above, So Below’, and in this aspect Malmsteen’s playing suits the music well. But for the most part, I just find this album dull, with all the songs serving as a self-indulgent excuse to play the same guitar scales as fast as possible.

Except for one song; ‘Icarus’ Dream Suite Op. 4’.

Wow! Where did this come from?! I can tolerate mindless shredding here, because the melodies when the song slows down are incredible. The clean guitar playing, the keyboards, everything here just comes together perfectly! This song itself is pretty damn amazing, and while ‘Rising Force’ generally bores the hell out of me, this song alone is enough for me to at least come back for more and see what else the master of men can conjure up.

No doubt this is highly regarded by fans, and in particular, by other guitarists, as a classic. But it just doesn’t work for me.