JUSTIN’S METAL REVIEWS W/C 20/10/08
YNGWIE MALSTEEN’S RISING FORCE / PERPETUAL FLAME
If you like your guitar heroes’s and enjoy some neo-classical inspired Rock in the style of Dio ear Rainbow then this new CD from Swedish fret maestro, Yngwie J. Malmsteen will be right up your street.
The thing I like most about Yngwie is that although he is the focus of the band he doesn’t let the Guitar hero dominate or get over self indulgent to the detriment of the songs and the rest of the band, yes there are plenty of fast, complicated scales and arpeggios a plenty but they are restrained and appropriate to the songs, he knows just when to let rip and when to hold back. He also has a new singer, Tim (Ripper) Owens, ex Judas Priest and Iced Earth and with a pedigree as good as that you just know he fits in like he was meant to be there. Form the first strains of the opening track “Death Dealer” to the last riff of “Heavy Heart” this is Yngwie at top form, there is nothing groundbreaking or unexpected on here but then there doesn’t heave to be when the quality of the songs and musicianship is so high and lets face it, who else writes and performs like this in 2008? The only one that comes to mind is Axel Rudi Pell.
If you liked Yngwie in the past
but have lost touch with him in recent years this is proof that he still has
what it takes to make keep the Guitar Hero persona and long may he continue to
do so. Listen out for; “The Four
Horsemen (Of The Apocalypse), “Lament”, the mighty
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 69 mins + 12 TRACKS
AXEL RUDI PELL / TALES OF THE CROWN
If you haven’t anything by Axel Rudi Pell before and you like Classic Rock you are in for treat, musically he’s in a similar style to Yngwie but his guitar playing is very different, more lie that of Michael Schenker.
Axel used to be in a cult German Metal band in the mid to late 80’s caller Steeler and his solo career took off when the band split in 1988and he released his first album “Wild Obsession” an year later and has not looked back since. Songs like “Buried Alive”, “Higher” and “Riding On An Arrow” scram class on every level, the guitar work is as you would expect flawless, at times understated and screaming like a banshee at others, the vocalist Johnny Gioeli has a fine, strong voice and his style suits Axel’s music well, the power ballad at the end “Northern Lights” demonstrates his vocal skills well and there is some fine, soulful lead brakes from Axel.
If you like Yngwie Malmsteen, Scorpions or Dio era Rainbow you will love this CD, also listen out for; “Angel Eyes”, “Crossfire” and the haunting instrumental “Emotional Echoes”, easily album of the week.
TOTAL PLAYING TIME = 60 mins + 10 TRACKS