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Relentless

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2010 release, the highly anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed Perpetual Flame. This marks Yngwie's first studio album in over two years of entirely newly composed never before heard songs created by the virtuoso himself. Inspired by the spirit of celebrated composer/musician Niccol Paganini, Yngwie reaches new heights on this ground-breaking album. Relentless contains over 60 minutes of incredibly complex arrangements sure to amaze the listeners. The album was produced by Yngwie himself, and mixed by Keith Rose. Features ex-Judas Priest and Iced Earth singer Tim "Ripper" Owens.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Overture
  2. Critical Mass
  3. Shot Across the Bow
  4. Look at You Now
  5. Relentless
  6. Enemy Within
  7. Knight of the Vasa Order
  8. Caged Animal
  9. Into Valhalla
  10. Tide of Desire
  11. Adagio B Flat Minor Variation
  12. Axe to Grind
  13. Blinded
  14. Cross to Bear
  15. Arpeggios from Hell [*]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 22, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rising Force Records
  • ASIN: B0043WBZMS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By S. Bronder on November 23, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Welcome home is all I can say. Being a fan since I first him back in the mid 80's, this is a really fantastic album. It feels very natural and well though out. A lot of his recent releases have felt rushed and under produced. This album captures a lot of his classic tone that I feel has been lost over the years.

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!
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I have been exposed to Malmsteen's music for more than 20 years. I am an amateur guitar player and Yngwie's playing and style had a huge effect on me. Players like Ritchie Blackmore, Gary Moore, Randy Rhoads and Malmsteen are the reasons why I started playing the electric guitar. I have listened to everything he did, including his early work with Steeler and Alcatrazz. I am giving all this info so that people can understand that I am a real Malmsteen fan. But I am no "fanatic". I know the fine line between these two. Fanatics worship their idols and can not criticize them no matter what they do.

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".
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Very good album indeed, once again Yngwie shows his creativity and talent through each song and probes his faith and conviction on his sound.

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 :-)
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As much as I hate to say his records become predictable he still finds a way to get me to at least give them all a chance. With Tim "Ripper" Owens owning the mic on this disc he has done it to me yet again. I have loved his vocals since the Judas Priest cd's he was on and subsequent tours, he is a very strong singer and helps make this cd very good. Again though, Mr Malmsteen's releases have not varied much in his multitude of releases. He is an amazing player but even his truest fans can admit that they can predict what they will hear before the first riff starts on his next cd. I am not disappointed I purchased this cd though. If scorching leads as the basis for every song is your thing, get this, you won't be disappointed either.
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I bought the CD when it first came out.

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.
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