With a cover that is perfectly evocative of its music, Yngwie Malmsteen's TRILOGY boasts an illustration of the Swedish metal guitar hero battling a three-headed dragon. Not surprisingly, the album is filled with high drama and fantastical themes, whether Malmsteen is presenting a passionate power ballad (the opening "You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget") or charging through a revved-up, solo-laden tune ("Magic Mirror"). Many of these tracks (including the aforementioned ones) feature vocalist Mark Boals, who belts out lyrics in classic hard-rock style, yet leaves room for Malmsteen's deft and ornate six-string pyrotechnics. Although it doesn't top RISING FORCE, TRILOGY is easily one of Yngwie's best outings.
Like him or not, you have to credit Yngwie Malmsteen for sticking to his guns over the years. Since his debut in the early '80s, he hasn't slowed down a bit, despite countless obstacles that have been thrown in his path along the way. This double-CD live set shows that – astonishingly – Malmsteen's playing is even faster and more over the top in concert than it is on his studio recordings. Overall, Double Live is far superior to the muddy-sounding (and sloppy) Live in Leningrad disc, released ten years earlier. It includes some tasty covers by Rainbow, Deep Purple, and Jimi Hendrix. ~ Andy Hinds
The Collection is a strong 14-song overview of Yngwie Malmsteen's finest moments from his mid-'80s records, highlighted by "Black Star," "Far Beyond the Sun," "You Don't Remember," "I'll Never Forget," "Heaven Tonight," and "Guitar Solo (Trilogy Suite Op: 5/Spasebo Blues)," which showcases his blindingly fast neo-classical style in all its excessive glory…
Yngwie Malmsteen, one of the finest guitar shredders the world has seen, is releasing a double live album ‘Spellbound – Live In Tampa’ with a bonus ‘Spellbound – Live in Orlando’ DVD conveniently packaged together. Master of the Stratocaster, the Swedish born, but now US based, guitar legend is venerated as one of the founders of the art of guitar shredding. His neo-classical style and the sheer speed of his playing made him the most notable musician in the genre, and he has influenced a new era of music and guitarists alike.