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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN - Unleash The Fury - 2005 - Steamhammer

Track Listing
1. Locked And Loaded
2. Revolution
3. Cracking The Whip
4. Winds Of War
5. Crown Of Thorns
6. The Bogey Man
7. Beauty & A Beast
8. Fuguetta (Instr.)
9.Cherokee Warrior
10. Guardian Angel (Instr.)
11. Let The Good Times Roll
12. Revelation
13. Magic And Mayhem (Instr.)
14. Exile
15. The Hunt
16. Russian Roulette
17. Unleash The Fury
18. Paraphrase (Instr.)
I always regarded the music of Yngwie Malmsteen as the perfect fusion between classical and rock music. While others had already experimented with this concept before him, Yngwie spawned a whole new legion of neo-classical musicians and fans.

I'm thus quite proud of my Yngwie record collection, which kicks off with the Steeler L.P. of 1983. The truth is, alas, that album after album he seemed so unwilling to elaborate on his trademark guitar-sound. At times he seriously risked losing the interest of fans - metaphorically speaking, it was as if he had wounded himself by his own sword.

The new album, called "Unleash The Fury" (Yngwie's 16th solo album, not considering anthologies or tributes), succeeds his previous album ("Attack") and contains no less than 18 tracks. For sure no-one can complain of the Swede's lack of productivity. Well, in spite of what I've said above, I confidently feel that "Unleash The Fury" is an improvement from his last 3 or 4 albums. The production and overall feel strongly reminds me of "Trilogy" (1986) - which in my opinion continues to be one of Yngwie's best releases. But let's take a closer look at this album's traits.....

In 'The Bogey Man', 'Revelation' and 'Let The Good Times Roll' Yngwie tries to contain his high-speed legato solos by featuring a good dose of riffs.

In particular 'Revelation', with its dragging but catchy riffs and sombre lyrics, goes vaguely close to doom territory. At the same time, this song seems to be taken out of the aforementioned "Trilogy".

'Cherokee Warrior' is musically another cool song and sounds different. There's just one aspect of this song I didn't quite digest - but more about it later on.

'Guardian Angel' is a great instrumental ballad - one of the album's highlights in fact. Try imagining the melody of 'Crying' (from "Trilogy") and the melancholy of 'Save Our Love' (from 1990's "Eclipse"). Then complement some magic keyboard sounds courtesy of Joakin Svalberg - and you should get the overall picture of this song.

'Russian Roulette' is probably the magnum opus of vocalist Dougie White, at least as regards his recordings with Yngwie.

Other tracks I haven't singled out are fairly standard Yngwie material.

Regarding the other band members, well Yngwie is always known to have recorded with high-class, talented musicians and "UTF" is definitely no exception.

A few minor gripes: 1) I can't understand why Yngwie insists on singing on 1 or 2 tracks in several albums of his including this one (check out 'Cherokee Warrior'). Uli Jon Roth and Jimi Hendrix - 2 of Yngwie's idols - are/were terrible vocalists just as they remain brilliant guitarists, so he should have learnt the lesson by now; 2) the sleeve of "UTF" is not one of the most exciting I've ever seen.

I keep noticing that Yngwie has developed a 'habit' of snatching up ex-members of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow....vocalists Graham Bonnett [in Yngwie's late 1980's band Alcatrazz] and Joe Lynn Turner [in the album "Odyssey"], drummer Cozy Powell [in "Facing The Animal"]. More recently "Unleash The Fury" and "Attack" feature the lead voice of Dougie White, the last vocalist to sing with Rainbow before Blackmore went at a tangent to Rock music with his Blackmore's Night.

Although "UTF" is quite long and the songs quite diverse, it doesn't sound disjointed. Quite a few tracks in "UTF" would adapt quite well to a more liberal use of orchestral sounds. Ultimately "Unleash The Fury" is a return to good form of the Swedish maestro. Love him or hate him, this album should perpetuate his myth.

My Rating: 7.5/10

--MetalKnight 03.08.05

Line-up:
Yngwie Malmsteen: guitars / vocals
Dougie White: vocals
Patrik Johansson: drums
Joakim Svalberg: keyboards.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: YNGWIE MALMSTEEN
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Angels of LoveYngwie Malmsteen
2009
Brad Caplan5/5/2009
Attack!!Yngwie Malmsteen
2003
Vinaya Saksena5/6/2004
Unleash The FuryYngwie Malmsteen
2005
Vinaya Saksena8/17/2005
Unleash The FuryYngwie Malmsteen
2005
MetalKnight8/13/2005


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: YNGWIE MALMSTEEN
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
RelentlessYngwie Malmsteen
2010
Chris Kincaid3/22/2011


ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: YNGWIE MALMSTEEN
INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
Yngwie MalmsteenYngwie MalmsteenKim Thore2/8/2011


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