Back to the Block – Rising Force
Another week, another album; that’s what we do here in The Public Records. We took a break from rock’n’roll to explore our R&B section in order to explore how rhythm & blues in its early days branched off into the many different genres of modern American pop music and the major influences different studios, producers, and cities had on the development of these subgenres. But now we’re heading back into the world of rock, and do we have a doozy for you.
This week, August 23rd, Twenty Nineteen, from down in the depths of Tellus360 in An Sibin comes a rising force…Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s ‘Rising Force’ (Polydor, 1984). Rising Force, when it was released, had a massive impact. It ushered in the guitar style of ‘shredding’ and the subgenre of neoclassical metal. It hit number 14 on the Swedish albums chart, 60 on the US Billboard 200, and it was nominated for a Grammy in 1986 for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
Who is the monster of a man behind this monster of an album? Born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck in 1963 in Sweden. Not only a virtuoso guitar player, Malmsteen is also a songwriter and bandleader. Born into a musical family, he started his first band with some school friends at the age of ten. By his early teens, he had adopted his mother’s maiden name and began to become very interested in classical music and especially with the violinist and composer, Niccolo Paganini, and Johann Sebastian Bach yet his biggest influence was Deep Purple‘s Ritchie Blackmore.
In the early 80s, American record Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records brought Malmsteen to the U.S.A. after hearing an early demo. Yngwie began working with metal groups like Steeler and Alcatrazz. He then released Rising Force, which was meant to an instrumental side project for Alcatrazz, but due to its immense popularity, led to the creation of his own group called (surprise, surprise) Rising Force. The group went through several line up changes, and Malmsteen through a car accident and coma, yet they kept releasing solid gold music and best selling albums. His signature style Fender Stratocaster was released en masse in 1988 and he toured the Soviet Union in 1989 – and now he is down here with us for your enjoyment in The Public Records.
This album is best enjoyed with an Absolut and tonic.