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I downloaded it from Amazon when I woke up today and I have listened to it twice and can't say there is a bad track. It's great to hear Yngwie have Ripper back on vocals. Tim is a monster in his own right and he fits right in on this album.
If you are a fan, new or old do yourself a favor and pick this up!
To me, the last good studio album Yngwie has released was "Alchemy" and he has been going downhill ever since. "War to End All Wars" was the worst produced album ever... Despite the fact that he had a excellent vocalist like Doogie White (who is ten times better than Ripper) on "Attack!" and "Unleash the Fury", the songwriting was pretty lame.
Perpetual Flame was also lame (Ripper is no match for Yngwie's earlier singers; to my ears the guy has serious intonation problems and I think he is trying to cover it by recording lots of multi-tracked vocals) and Relentless is not any better. There is not a single tune that I liked, because Yngwie took the easy road once again and wrote very lazy melodies in his favorite Spanish Phyrigian mode. It is very obvious that he did not bother to stretch his imagination for songwriting, unlike the excellent "Facing the Animal" and "Alchemy" albums, where he had all kinds of different tunes at different tempos, written in different modes and with different time signatures. Do not expect to hear something as marvelous as "Facing the Animal", "My Resurrection", "Sacrifice", "Another Time", or "The Stand", "Leonardo" or "Blue".Read more ›
I was so close not to buy this album because some negative comments made me think this album was really bad, but I wanted to listen it by my own and I admit I am very happy with the purchase, and I realized that many people who wrote negative comments about this album expected some different and outstanding, but they didn't think in the fact that Yngwie is a musician who has his own signature with his amazing style, because it grew up through a lot of years of perfectionism searching and it makes the difference among the other guitarists and musicians, for anhyone who walked though that path from the legendary 80's is a really achievement, because many musicians has made horrible things wiht his music with the single purpose of being so popular or just for please people.
A musician must evolve with the years and experience it is true, but to me, Yngwie did it without radical changes that compromise his sound and style, which leads to such a great songs and melodies of Relentless album and his previous releases, in addition, 20 years ago Yngwie just figured as a Electric and acoustic guitar player, this last years we have a multi-instrumentalist player who knows what he does.
Finnaly, I will say that each song of this album really delight ears of a Yngwie follower and everyone who understands his musical vision, and for the people who dislikes this, please, be free to choose another guitar player CD :-)
PRODUCTION. Yngwie has clearly lost some hearing over the years. Or maybe not. Even Rising Force had a fairly poor production quality. To hear the kind of marvels that come along from many current artists using nothing more than an iPad, you would think Yngwie could put together a better mix. Listen to this and you will know he must not be capable of such a thing, at least not on his own. Attack! was the last album that had decent production. This album is much like Perpetual Flame in production and therefore a pretty bad mix. If I could tell the guy anything, assuming he would ever listen, it would be to get over himself and let a real producer do his/her work, at least in putting together a mix or hire a technician with good hearing.
WRITING. Throughout the years his lyrics have been anywhere from pretty good to book-of-cliches bad. This album is about on par with the last few but better. Musically he allowed himself a little more room than with other albums in the past decade, but the setup and mix of the guitars more or less ruins it for all but the fanatic. If you find Genesis to be a gem, then this album shouldn't bother you either. The thing I love is how he took to writing more instrumentals for this album. Some of them are actually really good. Some of the songs are bordering on lame because the lyrics are too bad to ignore, but he's done worse (Beauty and a Beast? Really?). I am shocked that there are reviews praising Perpetual Flame and then pummeling Relentless... relentlessly, since the two are more or less the same. I can think of no two Yngwie albums as similar as these.Read more ›
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Good Yngwie release with nice production value.
He only sings some.
Plays like a bat out of friggin classical heck.
people knock him because they cant shred like him!!!!!!!!!!!!!
they cant play that fast,you can!!!!!!!!!!I wish people would shut up! Read more
I love this CD! I think it's the BEST CD Malmsteen has released yet. It has more guitar notes on a single CD than any other that I've heard including other Malmsteen CDs. Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by Joe Charvel
Last track skips. Very disappointing. Got a full refund. Didn't want to take the chance on sending for another one.Published on January 13, 2013 by SCOTT BLESSING
I get carpal tunnel syndrome just thinking about what it takes to play like this. If you want some energetic Malmsteen, this is an album to get! Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by BigTwinRider1964
husband loves it, loves rock and this was a must on his Christmas list so we got it!
great to listen to also