Rising Force’s 30th Anniversary

2014 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the release of Yngwie Malmsteen’s first studio album, Rising Force.

Whether you like him or hate him there’s no denying the influence which this album and its creator has had on the guitar community.

With Rising Force Yngwie provides a template for Neo-classical Rock and Heavy Metal music which until its release had only been hinted at by guitarists such as Randy Rhoads, Uli Jon Roth and Yngwie’s own early work with bands such as Steeler and Alcatrazz. Compositionally, at least in terms of instrumental music in the Rock and Heavy Metal genre, and technically, Rising Force sees Yngwie pushing the bar way above its previous level.




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