|Classic Review: Yngwie Malmsteen - Marching Out|
Year released: 1985
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: January 18, 2009
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Rated 4.8/5 (96%) (25 Votes)
This is Yngwie Malmsteen's second album as a solo artist. Contrary to his debut Rising Force, this is the first album in which the majority of the songs have vocals instead of just instrumentals.
We all know that Malmsteen is an amazing guitar player, and his riffs and solos are flawless on Marching Out. However, I think what separates this album from others is the quality of the songwriting. It is much simpler and effective, having the feeling of being a total band effort instead of a platform for Malmsteen to showboat. The songs here are just full of energy and you'll never get bored. I swear that I have no idea where this came from, just listen to "Anguish and Fear" and see what I'm talking about.
But the rest of the band is also dead on, beginning with Jeff Scott Soto, the definition of a world class singer. This is especially clear in this album, where. he pulls some amazing screams and holds the high notes longer than most singers. His vocal lines are impressive given the fact that it will stick in your head for hours like in "Don't Let it End". Marcel Jacob's bass is serviceable, allowing the songs to breathe a little bit more - "Caught in the Middle" being an example of this. Anders Johansson fits this band perfectly because his style keeps pace with the songs, complementing them very well. However, Jens Johansson's keyboards are nowhere to be found, so I don't know why Malmsteen gave credit to him.
There are some negative points in the album: The album starts with a 46 second-long pointless intro and the title song is an instrumental, but is lackluster at best because it doesn't end the album in powerful fashion; it just fades away. Having said that, nothing can deter the quality of Marching Out and it is probably the best record Malmsteen has ever done. Unlike his other albums, you want to press play immediately after you finish listening to it. Essential for fans of shredding guitar.
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