The debut full-length album by the band of the legendary Swedish Neoclassical Power Metal/Hard Rock/Shred musician Yngwie J. Malmsteen.
"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!!
Album reached #14 on the Swedish albums chart, #60 on the Billboard 200, and later received a nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 1986 Grammy Awards. In a 2009 article by Guitar World magazine, "Rising Force" was ranked first in the All-time Top Ten List of Shred Albums.
PolyGram Records/Polydor K.K. Tokyo, 1984 (825 324-2). Made in USA.
1. Black Star 4:51
2. Far Beyond The Sun 5:49
3. Now Your Ships Are Burned 4:09
4. Evil Eye 5:12
5. Icarus' Dream Suite Op. 4 8:30
6. As Above, So Below 4:36
7. Little Savage 5:21
8. Farewell 0:48
Total playing time: 39:16