MALMSTEEN, YNGWIE - RELENTLESS
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2010 release, the highly anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed Perpetual Flame. This marks Yngwie's first studio album in over two years of entirely newly composed never before heard songs created by the virtuoso himself. Inspired by the spirit of celebrated composer/musician Niccol Paganini, Yngwie reaches new heights on this ground-breaking album. Relentless contains over 60 minutes of incredibly complex arrangements sure to amaze the listeners. The album was produced by Yngwie himself, and mixed by Keith Rose. Features ex-Judas Priest and Iced Earth singer Tim "Ripper" Owens.
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Now for this particular album, I think Owens' not being used to his full potential here. Also, the songwriting is weak and lacks originality compared to "Perpetual Flame" (but still way better than "Unleash The Fury"... his worst album since 1999). The solos are often just noodling without real melodies...Read more ›
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I downloaded it from Amazon when I woke up today and I have listened to it twice and can't say there is a bad track. It's great to hear Yngwie have Ripper back on vocals. Tim is a monster in his own right and he fits right in on this album.
If you are a fan, new or old do yourself a favor and pick this up!
To me, the last good studio album Yngwie has released was "Alchemy" and he has been going downhill ever since. "War to End All Wars" was the worst produced album ever... Despite the fact that he had a excellent vocalist like Doogie White (who is ten times better than Ripper) on "Attack!" and "Unleash the Fury", the songwriting was pretty lame.
Perpetual Flame was also lame (Ripper is no match for Yngwie's earlier singers; to my ears the guy has serious intonation problems and I think he is trying to cover it by recording lots of multi-tracked vocals) and Relentless is not any better. There is not a single tune that I liked, because Yngwie took the easy road once again and wrote very lazy melodies in his favorite Spanish Phyrigian mode. It is very obvious that he did not bother to stretch his imagination for songwriting, unlike the excellent "Facing the Animal" and "Alchemy" albums, where he had all kinds of different tunes at different tempos, written in different modes and with different time signatures. Do not expect to hear something as marvelous as "Facing the Animal", "My Resurrection", "Sacrifice", "Another Time", or "The Stand", "Leonardo" or "Blue". The instrumental "Relentless" was also a huge disappointment. It's the weakest instrumental piece I ever heard from Yngwie. I do not see any reason why I should listen to that garbage instead of "Far Beyond the Sun", "Trilogy Suite", "Eclipse, or "Bite the Bullet".
As a true Malmsteen fan (I listen to his works everyday, but I stay away from his post-Alchemy period), I am really sorry to say this, but this album is one of the worst things I ever heard from Yngwie.
I was so close not to buy this album because some negative comments made me think this album was really bad, but I wanted to listen it by my own and I admit I am very happy with the purchase, and I realized that many people who wrote negative comments about this album expected some different and outstanding, but they didn't think in the fact that Yngwie is a musician who has his own signature with his amazing style, because it grew up through a lot of years of perfectionism searching and it makes the difference among the other guitarists and musicians, for anhyone who walked though that path from the legendary 80's is a really achievement, because many musicians has made horrible things wiht his music with the single purpose of being so popular or just for please people.
A musician must evolve with the years and experience it is true, but to me, Yngwie did it without radical changes that compromise his sound and style, which leads to such a great songs and melodies of Relentless album and his previous releases, in addition, 20 years ago Yngwie just figured as a Electric and acoustic guitar player, this last years we have a multi-instrumentalist player who knows what he does.
Finnaly, I will say that each song of this album really delight ears of a Yngwie follower and everyone who understands his musical vision, and for the people who dislikes this, please, be free to choose another guitar player CD :-)
Highlights for me after my first listen were:Look at you now (Yngwie vocals on this are my favorite since Angel in Heat, he continues to progress as a vocalist although I am glad he has not tried to sing on an entire album!!) Relentless is awesome! Enemy Within is BRUTAL and Ripper sounds great on this Album (Not overprocessed as on Perpetual Flame! Cross to Bear is great also!
Some interesting stuff on this one!!
Thanks Yngwie for doing what you do! I appreciate someone who just refuses to compromise their vision and sound!!
long live yngwie