Hello Yngwie Malmsteen fans…
I was originally going to write a top 10 Malmsteen list but I didn’t have enough time to finish it before the show.
I was too busy playing guitar and too excited about riffing some diminished scale licks that I lost my chance to post before the show.
So Im gonna give you a review of the show as well as some of his top songs. Of course, this is my personal list, so feel free to disagree.
Yngwie Malmsteen is considered to be one of the main Neoclassical shred guitar players.
He is an incredible performer in the neoclassical style using dark, diminished sounds any chance he can get, all while doing so at lightning speed.
Yngwie Malmsteen has some of the coolest heavy metal riffs ever.
I found out about Yngwie Malmsteen in about 2010. Yep, I had never known that he existed.
As tragic as this is for me, my head was into music with vocals and any music that I would listen to had to be brand new.
Meaning any music I listened to had to be released the same year or it had to be the latest album of a band.
Talk about what I missed out on…wow.
All the shred guitar virtuosos of the 80s and onward were never brought to my attention.
Partly that is my fault, since I never ventured out and explored what there was to listen to.
I was more of the type that if I found something I liked I would obsess over it like the way Im obsessing over spicy tuna rolls.
If you mention dragon rolls, I begin to cringe and make a sour face.
Ive fixed this problem musically though. I now venture out into other genres like Classical music and Jazz even.
Here’s how the show went down…
I walked in with a buddy of mine a bit late. We didn’t know though. Last time he was here he played at Grand Central and was a great show.
I was much closer to him then, but this show… I believe was better.
We missed the first song or two but still got almost 2 hours of material!
Our ears as we walked in, took an aural pounding as soon as we got in up until the very end of the show.
It was intensely loud. We could hear it clearly…outside. lol
The band played some of my favorites like Far Beyond the Sun, Black Star and I’ll See the Light Tonight, among others.
The rest of the show was pretty good. A bit repetetive it sounded like at times, but we did pay to see Yngwie and thats what we got.
Check out the video for Far Beyond the Sun where he does a heart wrenching rendition of the Star Spangled Banner…
Its an iPhone video so bare with me…
My Top Yngwie Malmsteen songs
Ive been thinking about my playlists and how much they suck. They suck because they’re mostly random songs.
I want to make them better and this post helped me clarify my favorite songs and hopefully it gives you some ideas for your own playlists.
Lets get into it…
My top Malmsteen tune is “Spellbound.”
I can hear some of you say that its a horrible choice. Well, I gotta be honest. That song does something to me.
I also heard it live at Grand Central in Miami, Fl when Malmsteen last played in the area.
I didn’t hear it this time but it could have been one of the ones he opened with and I missed that for being a dodo head thinking only about seeing headliners.
My second choice for an Yngwie Malmsteen song is “Relentless.”
Ranking in 3rd is “Adagio in B Flat Minor.” Every time this tune comes on in my car it just stops time. Its such a great piece of music.
I hope to compose something like this soon. The melody is spellbinding and the vibrato is phenomenal.
“Shot Across the Bow.” This song right here takes me to a faraway place.
The slide at the very beginning straight into the melody followed by lightning speed licks is one of the greatest songs for me from Malmsteen.
I think its a really great melody. Not to mention the pulsating, driving drums that make you want to go above 110 miles per hour while listening at full blast in my Kia! lmao
“Far Beyond the Sun.” Who doesn’t like this song?
“Krakatoa.” Just heard this one for the first time the other night, and I had to include this one because of the mighty riffs. So great.
Here are some others…
“Tide of Desire”
“Cross to Bear”
“Brothers.” Deep melancholic melody hit me right in the heart. Sort of ballad like. Beautiful guitar solo here, very tasteful.
“Black Star.” Who doesnt like Black Star?
“I’ll see the Light Tonight” – I love this riff because of its blazing speed and minor 3rd ascent into the loop around.
“Badiniere” Another great tune.
“As Above So Below” The instrumentation here is awesome. The solo is just mind-blowing with that single note that comes in at the beginning.
“Now Your Ships Are Burned”
“Anguish and Fear”
“On the Run Again”
“I Am a Viking” – “I Am a Viking, Im going out to war, Ive got death upon my mind” – what a badass opening riff!
“Bad Blood” Its got this super awesome 80s riff that comes in and takes you back. Great solo.
“Hairtrigger” Awesome solo.
World On Fire – Latest Release
“World on Fire” Excellent intro riffing. Gotta love the solo on this one. P
“No Rest for the Wicked” Intense shredding to say the least.
After writing this post, I realize even more that I really like his music and appreciate it now even more than ever.
Its always inspiring to listen to these tracks as they take me straight to the war room to improve my guitar playing.
Okay those are my top songs from Yngwie Malmsteen…