Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force – Marching Out
Label: Polydor – PDS 1 6424
Record: VG+ with VG++ with several light scuffs
Cover: VG+ VG++ Minor edgewear and ringwear, 5 inch crease left spineside, two one inch pen marks back cover
Inner lyric sleeve: VG++
Country: Canada issue
Style: Heavy Metal
A1 Prelude 1:00
A2 I'll See The Light, Tonight 4:24
A3 Don't Let It End 4:07
A4 Disciples Of Hell 5:53
A5 I Am A Viking 5:58
B1 Overture 1383 2:59
B2 Anguish And Fear 3:47
B3 On The Run Again 3:22
B4 Soldier Without Faith 6:08
B5 Caught In The Middle 4:17
B6 Marching Out 3:08
Manufactured By – Polygram Inc.
Distributed By – Polygram Distribution Inc.
Bass – Marcel Jacob
Drums – Anders Johansson
Engineer – Lester Claypool
Guitar [Electric], Acoustic Guitar, Producer, Arranged By, Mixed By – Yngwie Malmsteen
Keyboards – Jens Johansson
Vocals – Jeff Scott Soto
A2 reads: I'll See The Light, Tonight on cover and I'll See The Light Tonight on label
Released with an inner lyrics-sleeve
Marching Out (1985). Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force's second album.
From the early to mid 80s, heavy metal took off as a new and expanding form of what rock music was truly capable of doing.
First in the 80s there was the new wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) scene, followed by a split direction in the mid 80s with the lighter glam metal and the heavier thrash metal movements. However, there was also a category which falls right inbetween the two called Power Metal. It combines the themes and heaviness of real heavy metal bands with the melodic and mainstream stylings of glam metal into an unbeatable synthesis.
Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force was one of the forerunners of modern power metal, appearing in the mid 80s with an excellent trio of masterpiece albums. Unlike thrash, NWOBHM, and glam, power metal was a genre which did not take off in America nor England, but rather it thrived in lesser countries of Europe such as Finland and Sweden. To this day, power metal is the ONLY remaining form of true metal music, not that rap/metal poser junk which plagues modern American radio.
Rising Force consists of members Jeff Scott Soto on vocals, Yngwie J. Malmsteen on guitars, Marcel Jacob on bass, Anders Johansson on drums, and Jens Johansson on keyboards (for those who didn't know, Jens eventually joined Dio and then in the mid 90s teamed up with Stratovarius).
Everyone performs reasonably well on here, from Soto's soaring vocals to Jens Johansson's melodic keyboard textures and harpsichord solos (which he would be later famous for in Stratovarius). While everyone plays well, IT'S YNGWIE'S GUITAR PLAYING THAT TRULY STANDS OUT PHENOMENALLY. When I first heard the minute-long solo in track two, my jaw dropped in utter awe. I'm absolutely serious when I say that he is possibly one of the most talented guitar soloists in the history of metal. I'm even tempted to say that he is greater than the legendary George Lynch, Kirk Hammett, and Eddie Van Halen (which is saying a lot because these three are damn perfect guitar soloists!). Just listen to one of the many wild rollercoaster solos and it will all become clear.
Marching Out is a direct continuation of the 1984 debut's style, though this time there aren't nearly as many instrumentals, and sadly the number would continue to drop with every progressing album. Here's a brief lowdown:
2) I'll See The Light Tonight- An incredible melodic rocker with soaring vocals and excellent guitar work. I won't go into much detail about the guitar solos on this album because all of them are played with god-like precision. 10/10
3) Don't Let It End- Good song which starts out fairly lightweight and then changes into another rocker similar to ISTLT. 8/10
4) Disciples Of Hell- AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME! One of the album's two best tracks. Starts off with a minute-long accoustic guitar solo, and then explodes into a dark, mid-tempo rocker with nearly perfect verses and chorus. 10/10
5) I Am A Viking- A slow, heavy song which proves to be very worthwhile, if just a little goofy on the subject matter. Definitely worth NOT skipping. 9/10
6) Overture 1383- This short instrumental starts out heavy like the middle of DoH, but then the drums and guitars die and turn the song into a light and melodic ballad-type section. Pretty good. 8/10
7) Anguish and Fear- Fastest song on the album. One thing that stands out is the alternating guitar and keyboard solos in the middle which make this track a real pleasure to listen to. 9/10
8) On The Run Again- Another great melodic track in the same vein as ISTLT. It is actually quite excellent even though a bit underrated, and it will never fail to please. 9/10
9) Soldier Without Faith- AN ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE EPIC! Great usage of background keyboards before the guitars, drums, and vocals kick in. Throughout the song and up to the end, the bandmembers all play at their best here. It's probably my favorite Malmsteen track. 10/10
10) Caught In The Middle- A good, but not outstanding track. It doesn't really do anything to warrant any real attention to it, but at the same time this track shouldn't be skipped either. Worth a listen. 8/10
11) Marching Out- This instrumental is slow, dark, and engaging with its background keyboard wash and Yngwie's soloing. Very brief and a great way to close out the album. 9/10
Overall, Marching Out is an excellent album and my personal favorite of the early Malmsteen albums. 5 stars for over the top virtuoso musicianship, and songwriting.
Yngwie Malmsteen - Disciples Of Hell
Yngwie Malmsteen - Rising Force (Live)
Yngwie J. Malmsteen - I Am A Viking