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Yngwie Malmsteen
April 2001
Released: 1986, PolyGram Records
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: CrashTest

Classic Review of the Month!!

When I was a sophomore in high school I used to eat lunch a couple times a week with a friend who would go to the record store every Wednesday night and buy a new metal album. The next morning she’d bring it to school so I could borrow it. One Wednesday she asked me what album I would recommend. I’d heard Yngwie’s album “Marching Out” a few months before and told her to check out his newest release. I was not prepared for the education in metal that I would receive when I took home Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s “Trilogy” the next day.

Words would fail miserably to convey the sense of awe I have for this album. I’d been a metal fan for a number of years prior to 1986, but this took things to a whole new level. I did two things religiously in HS, listen to metal and read fantasy. “Trilogy” combined both of those worlds masterfully. Not only that, but it mixed classical music with metal, two styles I had never imagined could co-exist. From the atmospheric, driving strains of classics like You Don’t Remember, Queen In Love and Magic Mirror to the bare-bones assault of Liar, Fire and Fury to the instrumental beauties Crying and Trilogy Suite Op: 5, ... man, in short, you simply get blown away. Yngwie plays all the guitar and bass parts on this offering and offers a clinic in classical and metal guitar. The keyboards and drums are handled by the Johansson brothers, who have made their presences felt on a number of great albums with other bands since that time. Mark Boals handles the voice with conviction. Quite honestly, this is the best lineup Yngwie ever had.

Listening to the album today it sounds a little dated, mainly because of the production. Don’t let that deter you though, because the quality and innovativeness of the music is top notch. There have been countless bands since this album that have often imitated, but never duplicated, the neo-classical sound that Yngwie pioneered and mastered on this release. It’s a monumental album and any metal fan who does not own this CD should be taken out behind the woodshed and beaten within an inch of their lives.

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