The third full-length album (eventually the fourth in total) by the band of the legendary Swedish Neoclassical Power Metal/Hard Rock/Shred musician Yngwie J. Malmsteen.
Odyssey is a more subdued, polished collection seemingly designed for mainstream radio airplay. Vocalist Joe Lynn Turner gives the set a smooth, professional feel, and Yngwie Malmsteen's playing is more mellow, due partly to the fact that he was still recovering from his near-fatal car accident when the album was recorded. However, all of this works to the detriment of the music: the mellowness of Malmsteen's guitar work makes him sound constrained and passionless, and the album shows little difference in approach from his previous output, lending credence to critics' charges that Malmsteen plays with mindless technique at the expense of substance, fire, and emotion.
The "Odyssey" album by YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE is a Must for each fan of Stratovarius, Sonata Arctica etc., because here we have the original (ok, almost, if there were not Rainbow still). The Swedish finder artist could win former Rainbow and Deep Purple singer Joe Lynn Turner for his fourth album. And with the current Stratovarius keyboarder Jens Johansson there was another well known artist in the line-up.
Just compare the two songs "Rising Force" and "Will The Sun Rise?" and you will know, where the Finns took their insane guitar/keyboard duels from. Exactly, from Yngwie! And he had taken them from the Deep Purple dream team Ritchie Blackmore/Jon Lord.
Melodic Metallers, who like the above mentioned bands, have to have the "Odyssey" album, if they do not have it already!!!
The album reached #40 on the Billboard 200 chart (as of 2014 it remains Malmsteen's highest-charting Billboard 200 release) and reached the top 50 in five other countries.
PolyGram Records/Polydor, 1988 (835 451-2). Made in Germany.
1. Rising Force 4:25
2. Hold On 5:11
3. Heaven Tonight 4:06
4. Dreaming (Tell Me) 5:19
5. Bite The Bullet 1:36
6. Riot In The Dungeons 4:22
7. Deja Vu 4:17
8. Crystal Ball 4:55
9. Now Is The Time 4:34
10. Faster Than The Speed Of Light 4:30
11. Krakatau 6:08
12. Memories 1:14
Total playing time: 50:42