Rising Force

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Rising Force
Studio album by
Released5 March 1984 (1984-03-05)
StudioRecord Plant Studios, Los Angeles
ProducerYngwie Malmsteen
Yngwie Malmsteen chronology
Rising Force
Marching Out

Rising Force is the first studio album by guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, released on 5 March 1984 through Polydor Records.[1] It 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] The album is regarded as a landmark release in the shred and neoclassical metal genres.[4][5][6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
Martin Popoff5/10 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 are written by Yngwie Malmsteen.

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 Adagio in G minor)8:33
6."As Above, So Below"4:39
7."Little Savage"5:22
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 19 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Rising Force - Yngwie Malmsteen | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b "28th Grammy Awards - 1986". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  4. ^ Huey, Steve. "Yngwie Malmsteen | Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  5. ^ a b c Huey, Steve. "Rising Force - Yngwie Malmsteen". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  6. ^ a b Guitar World Staff (9 July 2009). "Top 10 Shred Albums of All Time". Guitar World. Future US. Archived from the original on 28 May 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  7. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). 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 (17 November 2008). "Yngwie J. Malmsteen: King's Diamonds". Guitar World. NewBay Media. Retrieved 19 November 2014.

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