From the early to mid 80s, heavy metal took off as a new and expanding form of what rock music was truly capable of doing. First in the 80s there was the new wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) scene, followed by a split direction in the mid 80s with the lighter glam metal and the heavier thrash metal movements.
However, there was also a category which falls right inbetween the two called Power Metal. It combines the themes and heaviness of real heavy metal bands with the melodic and mainstream stylings of glam metal into an unbeatable synthesis.
Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force was one of the forerunners of modern power metal, appearing in the mid 80s with an excellent trio of masterpiece albums. Unlike thrash, NWOBHM, and glam, power metal was a genre which did not take off in America nor England, but rather it thrived in lesser countries of Europe such as Finland and Sweden. To this day, power metal is the ONLY remaining form of true metal music, not that rap/metal poser junk which plagues modern American radio.
Rising Force consists of members Jeff Scott Soto on vocals, Yngwie J. Malmsteen on guitars, Marcel Jacob on bass, Anders Johansson on drums, and Jens Johansson on keyboards (for those who didn't know, Jens eventually joined Dio and then in the mid 90s teamed up with Stratovarius). Everyone performs reasonably well on here, from Soto's soaring vocals to Jens Johansson's melodic keyboard textures and harpsichord solos (which he would be later famous for in Stratovarius). While everyone plays well, IT'S YNGWIE'S GUITAR PLAYING THAT TRULY STANDS OUT PHENOMENALLY.
This album, although similar in sound and execution to the classic first album RISING FORCE, differs in a few ways, the main one being few instrumentals, (only 2 here "Overture 1383" and "Marching Out" the latter being the better but neither even coming close to anything on the first record) and some short, quick fix rockers ("On The Run Again" and "Caught In The Middle"). But, this album did lay the blueprint for much of what was to follow for the next 15 years or so and truly is classic, if only for the fact that it seems, after reviewing his entire ouevre, Yngwie was in his prime here and on RISING FORCE both instrumentally and compositionally.
An Yngwie album is alot like a James Bond movie. You KNOW what is going to happen, but you go see it anyway because something is bound to excite and impress you. This album set up the formula of: 1) A couple instrumentals 2) Some uptempo rockers 3) A ballad or two 4) Lots of high-scream vocals usually about some medievel theme or a "me vs. the world and I will win" type theme...or love. 5) LOTS of fast soloing in the neo-classical vein with some harmonizing and some wild, usually arpeggio based interludes
Classic, astounding, truly otherwordly, MARCHING OUT reinforced the statement made on RISING FORCE and soon, Yngwie would be a household name.
TAB GUITARS INCLUDED!