Yngwie Malmsteen
Style: Neo-classical Metal
Release date: November 23rd 2010
Playing time: 60:29

Being the forefather of neo-classical metal and having such a huge influence on many genres makes Yngwie Malmsteen one of the most influential song writers and guitarists in all of metal.  His first four albums set a new standard and created a new subgenre that combines classical scales with metal.

I have lost count of his releases over the years, as well as vocalists and this album offers exactly the same as all of his other albums; pretty straight forward songs where the star is the brilliant guitar leads and everything else plays second fiddle. So if you want to hear Yngwie playing one scale after another, showcasing what we all know and have known for many years, which is that he is an extremely gifted guitar player then I am sure you'll get a kick out of this.

But to me he hasn't moved an inch for a very, very long time! Not even the ever-changing change of singer makes a difference. Tim "Ripper" Owens is the guy handling the vocals this time around on a few songs and Yngwie does also sing on "Look at You Now", and Tim does a fine job, but the weak production spoils a lot of the fun.

To me it sounds like Yngwie is stuck in time and need to move forward; both song wise as well as production-wise. Yngwie showcasing his skills on fifteen songs is simply not enough to salvage this album!

01. Overture
02. Critical Mass
03. Shot Across the Bow

04. Look at You Now
05. Relentless
06. Enemy Within
07. Knight of the Vasa Order

08. Caged Animal
09. Into Valhalla
10. Tide of Desire
11. Adagio B Flat Minor Variation
12. Axe to Grind
13. Blinded
14. Cross to Bear
15. Arpeggios from Hell (Bonus)
Label: Rising Force Records
Promotion: CMM GmbH
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: December 21st 2010
Website: www.yngwiemalmsteen.com