Rising Force

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Rising Force
Studio album by Yngwie Malmsteen
Released 5 March 1984 (1984-03-05)[1]
Recorded Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles
Genre Neo-classical metal, heavy metal, instrumental rock
Length 39:33
Label Polydor
Producer Yngwie Malmsteen
Yngwie Malmsteen chronology
Rising Force
Marching Out
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]

Rising Force is the first studio album by guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, released on 5 March 1984 through Polydor Records.[1] It reached #14 on the Swedish albums chart,[1] #60 on the Billboard 200,[3] and later received a nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 1986 Grammy Awards.[4] In a 2009 article by Guitar World magazine, Rising Force was ranked first in the all-time top ten list of shred albums.[5] "Black Star" and "Far Beyond the Sun" have endured as two of Malmsteen's most popular songs, as well as being staples of his live setlist. In a 2008 Guitar World interview, Malmsteen said of the two songs: "I'll probably play 'Far Beyond the Sun' and 'Black Star' until the day I die."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Yngwie Malmsteen. 

No. Title Length
1. "Black Star"   4:53
2. "Far Beyond the Sun"   5:52
3. "Now Your Ships Are Burned"   4:11
4. "Evil Eye" (based on Johann Krieger's "Bourree") 5:14
5. "Icarus' Dream Suite Op. 4" (based on Remo Giazotto's "Adagio in G minor") 8:33
6. "As Above, So Below"   4:39
7. "Little Savage"   5:22
8. "Farewell"   0:49
Total length:


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1985 Swedish albums chart 14[1]
Billboard 200 60[3]


Event Award Result
1986 Grammys Best Rock Instrumental Performance Nominated[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force - Rising Force (album)". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  2. ^ Huey, Steve. "Rising Force - Yngwie Malmsteen". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
  3. ^ a b "Rising Force - Yngwie Malmsteen | Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
  4. ^ a b "28th Grammy Awards - 1986". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
  5. ^ Guitar World Staff (2009-07-09). "Top 10 Shred Albums of All Time". Guitar World. Future US. Archived from the original on 2011-05-28. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
  6. ^ Lalaina, Joe (2008-11-17). "Yngwie J. Malmsteen: King's Diamonds". Guitar World. NewBay Media. Retrieved 2013-10-27.

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