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Yngwie Malmsteen


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4 stars Fury, fire and magic!

As the title implies, Trilogy is Yngwie Malmsteen's third album. In many ways it is the synthesis of the previous two. While the three first tracks here are similar to the more commercial songs from the previous album (most notably perhaps I'll See The Light Tonight and Don't Let It End), instrumentals like Crying and Trilogy Suite, Op. 5 are closer to the brilliant instrumental material from the first album. Trilogy is overall a stronger effort than Marching Out, but not as excellent as Rising Force. This puts Trilogy firmly among Malmsteen's very top albums.

Anyone who thinks that Malmsteen cannot be subtle should listen to the beautiful semi-acoustic Crying. Following that lovely instrumental piece comes four strong shorter up-tempo songs in Fury, Fire, Magic Mirror and Dark Ages and the album culminates in the brilliant Trilogy Suite, Op 5 which is the piece that most resembles the brilliant (and very progressive) debut album both in style and quality; this is Neo-Classical Metal at its best with light speed guitar playing in full Classical fashion with Metal drums and excellent keyboards from the great Jens Johansson. The acoustic middle section is lovely. It is very easy to see where Symphony X gets their main inspiration from!

One thing to note is that Mark Boals here replaced Jeff Scott Soto on lead vocals. Soto did a good job on the first two albums, but Boals is equally good. Sadly, Boals would not stay on board for the next album and Malmsteen would constantly find new people to sing on his albums - some of them considerably ill fit, in my opinion.

Trilogy completed something of a hat trick and it is a very good album in its own right. Highly recommended!

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |


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