Debut full-length solo album (eventually the third in total) by legendary Swedish Neoclassical/Shred/Hard Rock/Power Metal guitarist-virtuoso.
Yngwie J. Malmsteen, a virtuoso guitarist who burst onto the music scene in the early 1980's with the rather stereotypical 80's Metal band Alcatrazz, became renowned for his speedy play and mesmerizing solos. After Yngwie departed from Alcatrazz, he launched a highly successful solo-career. Yngwie's debut album "Rising Force" put Malmsteen on the map as a solo artist when the album drew critical acclaim for it's virtuoso-like guitar work. Yngwie followed "Rising Force" with his second album "Marching Out". Yngwie's sophomore release didn't draw as much praise as his debut did, but it never-the-less was another work of sheer guitar brilliance and helped elevate Yngwie to the ranks of a guitar-god. Malmsteen was hyped, if not over-hyped, when he came into the music scene early in his career. Many called him the "Next Hendrix" and critics began to deem Yngwie as the next great guitarist, and possibly the best to ever live. While Yngwie's rankings as a guitarist are up for debate, in order to live up to his praises Yngwie released "Trilogy" his junior release. The album shows a more mature side of Yngwie, both in his guitar and in his lyrics.
Yngwie Malmsteen's second best album after "Rising Force", "Trilogy", finds him delving wholeheartedly into fantastic, medieval themes and lyrical imagery. Yngwie's compositional skills are at their peak, and of all his albums, the lyrics here contribute the most to the overall feel of the music. The guitar solos, as always, are jaw-droppingly fast and technically demanding, but Malmsteen is still capable of playing them with force and fire behind them.
In the liner notes, Malmsteen dedicates the album to the memory of the late Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, who was assassinated on 28 February 1986.
Album reached #44 on that year's Billboard 200 chart and remained charted for thirteen weeks!!
"Trilogy" is an album that shows Malmsteen's amazing guitar work as well as his decent lyrical potential. While many feel it is not as good as "Rising Force" the Swedish Guitar-Maestro's debut, "Trilogy" lives up to the expectations many had for Yngwie as a solo artist. If Yngwie's band did not solely revolve around his guitar and he was more a key component in a band rather than a solo guitar artist, Malmsteen could have risen to the heights of Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, etc. But as a solo guitar artist, Yngwie is held in the highest regards!!
Polydor/PolyGram Records, Inc., USA. (831 073-2). Made in Germany.
1. You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget 4:29
2. Liar 4:07
3. Queen In Love 4:02
4. Crying 5:01
5. Fury 3:54
6. Fire 4:09
7. Magic Mirror 3:51
8. Dark Ages 3:54
9. Trilogy Suite Op: 5 7:17
Total playing time: 40:44