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RISING FORCE: MARCHING OUT

Yngwie Malmsteen

 

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Ivan_Melgar_M
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4 stars An almost perfect debut can be a curse

After the brilliant "Rising Force", YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and his band had set the bar to high for their own sake, so most likely any second release would had been a bit disappointing for fans who were expecting a better album. Even though the guys weren't able to beat an album that was near perfection, they managed to offer us "Marching Out", another excellent record, maybe more oriented towards pure Metal, but without forgetting the Neo Classical sound.

"Marching Out" begins with "Prelude" which is only an anecdote, being that 50% of it is almost inaudible and the other half is pure noise, but luckily the strong opening of "Ill See The Light Tonight" takes us back to "Malmsteenland", where they almost recapture the spirit of "Rising Force" but this time with a slight blend of AOR, except when Yngwie makes his fantastic and almost Baroque solos.

"Don't Let it End" starts mysterious and melodic, a good change after the frenetic finale of the previous track. It's also important to notice that Jeff Scott Soto sounds better than ever and that even when Barriemore Barlow is no longer with the band, a young Anders Johanssen does an outstanding job, more suitable for a Neo Classical Metal band in my opinion.

"Disciples of Hell" starts with a brilliant guitar solo that leads to a very elaborate passage with an extremely frenetic sound only relieved by the versatile voice of Scott Soto who always hits the right note and is able to change the atmosphere almost alone, it's interesting to see how his style changes from this song to "I am a Viking", where he adds strength to the already powerful guitar solos by Malmsteen.

"Overture 1383" is a strange track, starts wit the band pushing the pedal to the metal, but suddenly Yngwie gives us one of the most beautiful and calmed melodic guitar solos, creating a contrast with the following song "Anguish & Fear" in which the Baroque atmosphere with high speed performance is simply breathtaking.

"One on the Run Again" is my less favorite song, in my opinion, it's very pedestrian Metal with very little in special, luckily the brilliant "Soldier Without Faith" that reminds me a Bit of "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by IRON MAIDEN and "Caught in the Middle" compensates the deficiencies with a very elaborate sound and excellent vocals.

"Marching Out" is closed by the title theme, a track that has everything a Proghead likes, drama, strength and radical changes, a good way to finish a food album.

Despite being evident that "Marching Out" is not as good as "Rising Force" (Well, very few Metal albums are), but allows YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE to prove that the first album wasn't just luck and also avoid the curse of the first brilliant album, offering a second release almost in the level of the previous, so four stars it is.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 4/5 |

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