I have been exposed to Malmsteen's music for more than 20 years. I am an amateur guitar player and Yngwie's playing and style had a huge effect on me. Players like Ritchie Blackmore, Gary Moore, Randy Rhoads and Malmsteen are the reasons why I started playing the electric guitar. I have listened to everything he did, including his early work with Steeler and Alcatrazz. I am giving all this info so that people can understand that I am a real Malmsteen fan. But I am no "fanatic". I know the fine line between these two. Fanatics worship their idols and can not criticize them no matter what they do.
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.