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Yngwie Malmsteen - Parabellum

Yngwie Malmsteen
by Craig Rider at 21 October 2021, 12:32 PM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I am proud to present to you: YNGWIE MALMSTEEN; signed via Music Theories Recordings, hailing from Swedish grounds - performing Neoclassical Power Metal/Shred, on the milestone number of 22 Full-length albums in his discography so far - I am introduced to the 22nd album entitled: "Parabellum" (released July 23rd, 2021). Since formation in 1978; the soloist in question has a career spanning milestone reputation of a discography with 3 Demos, 17 Singles, 13 Videos, 3 Splits, 1 EP, 3 Live Albums, 9 Compilations, 4 Boxed Sets, 1 Split Video, & 22 Full-length albums in his discography so far. 10 tracks ranging at around 56:29; YNGWIE MALMSTEEN arranges an intricately designed formula of some heavy-hitting Neoclassical/Power Metal amalgamations.

Opening up with this wildly rushing sensation of thunderous, riff-laden static. “Wolves At The Door” shreds with rampantly rompy maelstrom proficiencies; while steamrolling with trailblazing melody, and a barrage frenzy in blistering harmonies that surge with neo-classical hooks amongst a fierce calamity in flamboyantly driven chugs in galloping felicity while vocals soar with clean but high-pitched remedy. An immersive fabrication in hybrid experimentation revels with riveting soars which swift with rapidly nimble substance, organic technicality & striking tempos which repel with quintessential synergy which is epicly brilliant for a soloist of this magnitude. Injecting a bulldozing slab of solid virtuosity, Yngwie Malmsteen himself articulates diligently with speed-driven hymns which showcases this vast stability on ripping yet sulfurous & sonically seamless mellow. “Presto Vivace In C# Minor” excels in fluidly captivating furore, as a synthetic merger operatically chimes in with the sublime riffage Yngwie marvellous produces.

The production is a little off I should note, sounding like demo territory yet it gradually gets better as your progress throughout the record. This one is a catchy listen; full of riff-centric velocity which is essentially a instrumental but it is a dexterously dynamic entice in euphonic but steely precision, the guitars are just this lightning haste in razor-sharp momentum…triggering with snappy yet vibrantly potent quickness that I can’t help but enjoy, evident within the rollicking but apt title of “Relentless Fury” which basically is the representative name for this record in a nutshell. Stridently swerving with sturdy thuds & piledriving drum hammerings from Lawrence Lannarbuch as he executes at a full force impact of smacking yet rambunctious slams, amongst a volatile laceration on killer firepower expertise that your speakers and eardrums will make your soul marvel with the progressively weighty tightness of this man’s rich pursuit on empowering craftsmanship creativity throughout this spectacle of musical prowess prodigiously.

The titular track: “(Si Vis Pacem) Parabellum” manifests with similar contrast in which supplies more strong tempos throughout this stampeding rift on venomous yet flexible fundamentals in an enriching implementation of outre panache, dense distilment & impeccable songwriting musicianship which attributes at a lofty, silver-lining systematic on slaying grinds, especially in the three-minute zest of “Toccata”…where rhythms gravitate into an exhilarating crunch as those Neo-Classical hooks & Power Metal persistencies perseveres with prestigiously audible arpeggio injections that infect with tight tonality. “Eternal Bliss” is an anthemic ballad that strays away from the mighty meltdowns while still managing to include another great grandeur in a heavenly solo which is just gloriously magnificent, majestically outstanding & profusely robust while pummelling meticulously amongst an eclatfully towering versatility on this vehemently punchy recording so far

God Particle” is a choppy ramification on thumpy stompiness, chiselling intensely while those successive but fast-paced patterns flow in cadence with the boisterously bouncy and divine, castle-like symphonies that makes me think that this record could have been perfect for such a game like Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night - play this record while playing the game, I’m sure the fusion can embody another atmospheric experience. This record is just supremely salubrious, and enjoyably engaging so far. While the previous track distributes at a hefty element in concrete significance, “Magic Bullet” spellbinds you with more otherworldly meatiness, while throaty singing mobility within the tuneful “(Fight) The Good Fight” no doubt delivers a groovy but unforgettable pleaser for live crowds, establishing more unique flavour in high-octane but crushing yet mechanical wizardry that materialises this splendid shine on magical finesse as memorable but clobbering bangers belt a furiously delightful listen for all that will not disappoint.

Overall concluding “Parabellum” with the finale epic “Sea Of Tranquility” which orchestrates at another hearty array in bright but feel-good loops, rumbling reverb & vivacious singing strengths - YNGWIE MALMSTEEN most surely outdone himself here, making me wish I had discovered this man sooner. With such a vast discography; I’m in for a treat no doubt, I was really hooked and immersed with this one, no wonder the man is in such high regard…on his own accord he’s forged a back catalogue of relentless yet distinctively distinguished and enjoyably entertaining neo-classic power that makes me want to go back and check everything, as a newcomer. This took me surprisingly, outdoing original expectations which definitely deserves listening to. Worthy of spinning & replaying a good handful of times, do check it out!

Songwriting: 9
Musicianship: 10
Memorability: 8
Production: 7

4 Star Rating

1. Wolves at the Door
2. Presto Vivace in C# Minor
3. Relentless Fury
4. (Si Vis Pacem) Parabellum
5. Eternal Bliss
6. Toccata
7. God Particle
8. Magic Bullet
9. (Fight) The Good Fight
10. Sea of Tranquility
Yngwie Malmsteen - Guitars/Vocals/Songwriting/Lyrics/Sitar/Cello/Timpani/Guitar Synthesizer
Lawrence Lannarbuch - Drums
Record Label: Mascot Records


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