Relentlessby Yngwie Malmsteen
Yngwie Malmsteen may very well be the Buddy Rich of heavy metal guitar. In the jazz world, Rich was as famous (or infamous) for his temper tantrums and boorish behavior as he was for his amazing technical prowess as a drummer; Malmsteen, similarly, has been called arrogant and demanding on more than a few occasions, but whatever one thinks of jim as a person, there is no denying that he is a serious heavyweight when it comes to chops, virtuosity, and technique. If one had to compile a list of the most technically proficient metal and hard rock guitarists who emerged in the '80s, Malmsteen would easily be in the top five. However, technique alone doesn't necessarily make for great metal, and Malmsteen has released his share of uneven albums over the years. But Relentless, it turns out, is one of the Swedish axeman's more consistent efforts. Combine an abundance of excellent writing with the fact that singer Tim "Ripper" Owens (of Judas Priest, Iced Earth, and Charred Walls of the Damned fame) is prominently featured, and you have a generally rewarding example of Malmsteen in the 21st century. Owens is in fine form on "Caged Animal," "Critical Mass," "Blinded," "Tide of Desire," "Empty Within," and "Axe to Grind," all of which are melodic but forceful power metal stompers in the old-school Judas Priest/Iron Maiden/Ronnie James Dio tradition. But this 2010 release has its share of instrumentals as well, and Malmsteen has plenty of room to shred on classical-influenced instrumentals such as "Shot Across the Bow," "Arpeggios from Hell," "Into Valhalla," and "Knight of the Vasa Order." The only vocal track that doesn't feature Owens is "Look at You Now"; Malmsteen provides the lead vocals on that tune, reminding us that Owens is a much better singer. But "Look At You Now" is the only real misstep on an album that, for the most part, unleashes the f*****g fury in terms of both shredding and songwriting.
- Release Date:
- Rising Force Records
Performance CreditsYngwie Malmsteen Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Cello,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Sitar,Vocals,Synthesizer Guitar
Tim "Ripper" Owens Vocals
Nick Marino Keyboards
Patrick Johansson Drums
Technical CreditsYngwie Malmsteen Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Engineer
Keith Rose Engineer
Pete Alander Cover Art,Booklet Design
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This is a new direction from Yngwie...the songs sound well rounded instead of rushed, & the production is 1 of his best. I have been an Yngwie fan for YEARS, & always look forward to new releases, but I was a bit worried when I heard Tim Owens was returning. Not that I don't love his voice...just That I think Someone like Marl Boals fit w/ his style better. Anyway, Just to put it short & to the pointif you like Yngwie, you will LOVE this CD. Definately worth the wait to order it from this site too as they are resonably priced. Thanks for reading! P.S. - If you are interested in learning guitar, check out my vids on you tube under MrScottcat. Peace!