Yngwie Malmsteen - Perpetual Flame

Yngwie Malmsteen
Stand out moments: 
Magic City

Yngwie has finally gotten his producer/sound engineer duities under control, but he’s by no means Rick Rubin. New guy in the line-up is singer Tim “Ripper” Owens. Interestingly enough Tim has transformed from a Rob Halford-clone to sounding like a mix of Ronnie James Dio and Michael Vescera with a hint of Graham Bonnet. Yngwie does not want to change or update his concept, which of course is his call. If you’re a fan of his and you accept this, you have a candy bag of twelve newly made sweets to suck on.

Yngwie’s ode to his red Ferrari, entitled Red Devil (I’m glad his guitar playing is better than his lyricals), is a prime example that he can still write some mean guitar riffs. This is  one of my favourites on the album, even though I would have preferred he kept the blues vibe in the solo, too without letting the technique take the upper hand. In Caprici Di Diablo, he does what he can to outplay all his earlier sweepings. He IS a master, but in this particular song, particularly in the verse part, it feels like he’s biting off a bit more than he can chew as he can’t even keep up with himself and it sounds a bit sloppy. This also goes for the intro of the Death Dealer mid-solo. On the other hand he really picks up in the great instrumental track, Lament where he proves he’s a master at combining technique and feel. In the bluesy Magic, he takes over the vocals and does it really well, too. This, in combination with his guitar playing, proves he’s a force still to be reckoned with. The intro solo with its bleeding tones is proof enough.

Overall Rating: 
Average: 3 (1 vote)
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