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.
Performance CreditsYngwie Malmsteen Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,bass pedals
Barriemore Barlow Drums
Jens Johansson Keyboards
Jeff Scott Soto Vocals
Joe Lynn Turner Vocals
Technical CreditsYngwie Malmsteen Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jens Johansson Contributor
Peter Bargo Engineer
Peter Vargo Engineer
Sid Wayne Composer
Sherman Edwards Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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 .
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.
GREAT CD, ALL SONGS FULL OF SOUL, PASION AND GENIUS.