Yngwie Malmsteen Albums Ranked

Yngwie Johan Malmsteen (/ˈɪŋveɪ ˈmɑːlmstiːn/; born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck; 30 June 1963) is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter, composer, and bandleader. Malmsteen first became known in the 1980s for his neoclassical metal playing style in heavy metal and has released 20 studio albums in a career spanning over 40 years. In 2009, Time magazine rated Malmsteen as number 9 among the 11 greatest electric guitar players of all time. Here are all of Yngwie Malmsteen albums ranked.

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10. Inspiration (1996)

“Inspiration is an album of cover versions of Deep Purple, Hendrix, Kansas, Rainbow, Uli Jon Roth and Alan Holdsworth. Regardless of what you’ve heard, this album is great – not a dud on the whole album. Ynwgie is a top notch, well-respected guitarist in his field.”

9. Fire & Ice (1992)

:”The album was to be Malmsteen’s last major commercial outing. It was his third and last attempt (starting with 1988’s Odyssey on Polydor) at scoring a hit album with late 80’s/early 90’s American glam metal audience. The album, apart from the song “Teaser”, however, was more closely rooted in neo-classical metal than any album he’d done since 1986’s Trilogy (also on Polydor). It featured three stunning neo-classical instrumentals, as well as several good neo-classical metal pieces. Being a more commercial album, it featured bright, clear production as well, which is still credited by fans to this day.”

8. Alchemy (1999)

“Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s “Alchemy” is an amazing album from start to finish. Being the first album that Yngwie himself has written and arranged everything on, he did a fabulous job. The album has heavy material pretty much all the way through. He left the commercial material off of this one. If your a huge Yngwie fan as I am, I suggest buying this import version of Alchemy. The bonus track “God is God” is excellent!!”

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7. Relentless (2010)

“A musician must evolve with the years and experience it is true, but to me, Yngwie did it without radical changes that compromise his sound and style, which leads to such a great songs and melodies of Relentless album and his previous releases, in addition, 20 years ago Yngwie just figured as a Electric and acoustic guitar player, this last years we have a multi-instrumentalist player who knows what he does.”

6. Odyssey (1988)

“Odyssey” might be first-and-foremost a showcase for the axeman’s truly virtuosic talents, but the real heck of it all is that it also features some actual, honest-to-goodness good songwriting. There is enough hooks, nooks, and crannies, present throughout this fifty minute playing time to choke a horse. And it utilizes plenty of variety, as well, with the songs varying from full-on thrash and speed metal to Iron Maiden-approved power metal to Dream Theater-worthy progginess and power balladry. And some of the songs even verge on being glam, believe it or not.”

5. Eclipse (1990)

“All the songs on this album are good. The music is very heavy, has a lot of rhythm and Goran Edman’s vocals are fantastic. This cd has popular tunes that made it big when the album got released-like Making Love, and Judas. I have to say that Goran Edman has a clean voice, and sings pretty well.”

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4. Trilogy (1986)

“Trilogy succeeds because amongst the slightly simplified, less ‘metal’ structures there is a strong melding of more mainstream lyrical concern and tender moments such as the semi acoustic instrumental Crying to the full on racket of Fury and Fire. The goth metal of magic Mirror and Dark Ages show off new throat Mark Boals’ abilities – and seriously how many great musicians did Yngwie bring to our attentions?”

3. Marching Out (1985)

“This album demonstrated a stark contrast to the stuff coming out by would be Malmsteen copycats and would be Van Halen tap-maniacs and what Yngwie was doing. Mostly guys like Macalpine, Vinnie Moore and Joe Satriani (all great, fantastic players btw) had the frightening chops and all but their song structures had no meat on the bones. Mostly it was like their tunes were written as extensions of lead rifferage where the rhythm playing was just an afterthought with no real hook or and not much time was spent making them very thought provoking or interesting.”

2. Concerto Suite For Electric Guitar And Orchestra (1998)

“Even if you are not a classical lover, but are familiar with Yngwie’s other works, I think you should give this one a try. His well known, highly original style shines through. I especially liked ” Prelude to April ” with it’s soothing melody. But if it’s the hard rock sound that you are looking for”

1. Rising Force (1984)

“A minor masterpiece. Malmsteen fuses Blackmore with Al DiMeola and his own otherworldly technique and creates this killer blend of (mostly instrumental) classical, fusion and metal. Some say it’s self-indulgent, but I believe it comes together beautifully. The precision on many of these pieces is remarkable, but the backing musicians are up to it. The music has a generally high sense of drama, tension, and release, and like the very best albums clocks is at about 40 minutes, not overstaying its welcome. Just a great CD if you like music, as opposed to songs. Yngwie did some good stuff in the following years, but nothing quite as remarkable as this.”