The second full-length album by the band of the legendary Swedish Neoclassical Power Metal/Hard Rock/Shred musician Yngwie J. Malmsteen.
Yngwie took a different route from the amazing yet highly inaccessible debut and opted to write an album with more songs and less instrumentals. The results are completely amazing. We have all the right elements that make a great mid-80s Metal act, drawing lyrically from the dark subjects touched upon in the NWOBHM, though the music is still far more complex.
Jeff Scott Soto gives the vocal performance of a lifetime on here, pushing the limits of how far a natural male voice can soar, and still maintaining the rough edged Rock style that was present on the debut album. "I'll See the Light Tonight" and "Soldier without faith" represent two of probably the most amazing and simultaneously impossible to recreate singing feats ever put forth by a Metal band.
The guitar solos are equally as complex and magical as before, but their time length and overall structure has been balanced out a bit more, making them easier to remember after few listens. Such tracks as "I am a Viking" and "I'll See the Light Tonight" have melodic themes that can be easily recognized, despite being highly complex and fast.
The instrumentals on here consist of "Overture 1383" and "Marching Out", both of which are dramatically shorter than those on the first album. The former has a lot of tempo and textural changes, as well as a very catchy, yet somewhat cliché melody line during the solo section. The latter is pretty steady rocker with a good deal of amazing guitar work, and works well as a closer.
Malmsteen's playing on the follow-up to the epochal Rising Force is slightly more raw and aggressive, but the most notable difference is the addition of lyrics on many of the songs. By his own admission, Malmsteen isn't much of a lyricist, and his frequent use of occult and pagan imagery (demons, Vikings, and so on) isn't as effective at producing a dark, gothic mood as his compositions and guitar playing are. Still, those aspects of the album are vital and stimulating, making Marching Out a worthwhile listen.
There are essentially no bad songs or filler on here, although some songs are so amazing that you find yourself wanting to skip back to listen again, or skip over a couple of the less amazing songs to get to them. The eighth track, "On the Run Again", is a remake of "Victim of the City", a 1983 song by Malmsteen's earlier band Steeler, which was later released on their 2005 compilation album "Metal Generation: The Steeler Anthology".
This album is a bit more accessable than the first one and recommended for fans of traditional Metal and Power Metal a bit more enthusiastically. Fans of Symphony X, Rhapsody, Dark Moor, Helloween, Adagio and Stratovarius can all find something of their own favorite bands in this album!
PolyGram Records/Polydor, 1985 (825 733-2). Made in USA.
1. Prelude 1:00
2. I'll See The Light, Tonight 4:24
3. Don't Let It End 4:07
4. Disciples Of Hell 5:53
5. I Am A Viking 5:58
6. Overture 1383 2:59
7. Anguish And Fear 3:47
8. On The Run Again 3:22
9. Soldier Without Faith 6:08
10. Caught In The Middle 4:17
11. Marching Out 3:08
Total playing time: 45:03