Rising Force

Rising Force

by Yngwie Malmsteen
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Rising Force

Rising Force was a revelation upon its release in 1984; Eddie Van Halen had introduced dazzling speed to the realm of rock guitar technique, and the compositions of Randy Rhoads had begun to fuse heavy metal with neo-classical influences, but no one before Yngwie Malmsteen was able to combine those elements with such blinding virtuosity. Malmsteen's innovative guitar style made Rising Force a mandatory primer for '80s metal guitarists, with its classical chord progressions and Malmsteen's use of harmonic minor scales, a wide vibrato imitative of classical violinists, and impossibly fast picking techniques, including the sweep-picked arpeggio (sort of a cross between strumming a chord and picking each note individually). Malmsteen's obsessions with Bach, Beethoven, and Paganini are used in the service of a dark, stately, gothic atmosphere and sent guitar students scurrying to learn their works as well as Malmsteen's own. The true inauguration of the age of the guitar shredder.

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Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Fontana Polydor
UPC: 0042282532428
catalogNumber: 825324
Rank: 6548

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Rising Force 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There was not a guitar player on the face of the GLOBE that didn't sit up and take notice when this was released 20 years ago . No other guitar player is this fast and this clean . His use of chromatic chord structures had never been done before . If you think you are a good guitar player , try this . The only weak spot is the pedestrian ( even by heavy metal standards ) lyrics .
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome, awesome to the max. The scales are excellent and fun-fast-paced. Black Star's intro has a nice slow rythmm and the fast guitar playing makes this song cool, Far Beyond the Sun is my favorite. It jams big-time. The keyboards are nice and when Yngwie starts the lightning fast played scales, it just blows the whole song away. I think Steve Vai is a better guitar player, but I would rather listen to Yngwie because he has better songs and instrument work. But that is my opinion. I think Steve Vai is cool but his song are so kooky that he doesn't bring out his full potential in songs. So I like Yngwie better. I think this is the best album by Yngwie (along with Trilogy, and Unleash the Fury) Excellent songs and even better guitar playing. This is a must buy for all you guitar virtouso fans and players.
JJKING25 More than 1 year ago