Rising Force

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Rising Force
Studio album by Yngwie Malmsteen
Released 5 March 1984 (1984-03-05)
Recorded Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles
Genre Neoclassical metal, heavy metal, instrumental rock
Length 39:33
Label Polydor
Producer Yngwie Malmsteen
Yngwie Malmsteen chronology
Rising Force
Marching Out
(1985)Marching Out1985

Rising Force is the first studio album by guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, released on 5 March 1984 through Polydor Records.[1] The album reached No. 14 on the Swedish albums chart,[1] No. 60 on the US Billboard 200,[2] and received a nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 1986 Grammy Awards.[3] It is regarded as a seminal release in the shred and neoclassical metal genres.[4][5][6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[5]
Martin Popoff 5/10 stars[7]

Steve Huey at AllMusic gave Rising Force four stars out of five, calling it "a revelation upon its release" and "The true inauguration of the age of the guitar shredder." He praised Malmsteen's technique and "blinding virtuosity", as well as highlighting his "obsessions with Bach, Beethoven, and Paganini".[5]

In a 2009 article by Guitar World magazine, Rising Force was ranked first in the all-time top ten list of shred albums. The staff wrote: "Yngwie J. Malmsteen was, is, and always will be the greatest shredder of all time. Hell, he invented the genre with his 1985 [sic] debut."[6]

"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."[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written 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 "Albinoni's Adagio") 8:33
6. "As Above, So Below" 4:39
7. "Little Savage" 5:22
8. "Farewell" 0:49
Total length: 39:33


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1985 Swedish albums chart 14[1]
Billboard 200 60[2]


Event Award Result
1986 Grammys Best Rock Instrumental Performance Nominated[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force - Rising Force (album)". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-11-19.
  2. ^ a b "Rising Force - Yngwie Malmsteen | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-11-19.
  3. ^ a b "28th Grammy Awards - 1986". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2014-11-19.
  4. ^ Huey, Steve. "Yngwie Malmsteen | Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-12-24.
  5. ^ a b c Huey, Steve. "Rising Force - Yngwie Malmsteen". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-11-19.
  6. ^ a b 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 2014-11-19.
  7. ^ Popoff, Martin (2005-11-01). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. 
  8. ^ Lalaina, Joe (2008-11-17). "Yngwie J. Malmsteen: King's Diamonds". Guitar World. NewBay Media. Retrieved 2014-11-19.

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