YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Discusses His Inspiration For 'Blue Lightning' Album In New Trailer

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Discusses His Inspiration For 'Blue Lightning' Album In New Trailer

A new trailer for Yngwie Malmsteen‘s upcoming album, “Blue Lightning”, is available below. The disc will be released globally on March 29 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group.

To call Malmsteen a “maestro” or “virtuoso” is to state the obvious. But such terms don’t do sufficient justice to either his talent or impact. There are innumerable guitarists who have copied a small part of the vast musical spectrum that defines him, but nobody comes close to achieving what he has over a period of nearly four decades.

This man is an undoubted pioneer, someone whose style and creativity has inspired so many others. While he first came to everybody’s notice in Los Angeles with STEELER‘s self-titled album (1983), followed by ALCATRAZZ‘s “No Parole From Rock ‘N’ Roll” the same year and “Live Sentence” (’84), it’s been what he’s done since in a distinguished and far ranging career as a solo performer and band leader that has momentously shown Malmsteen‘s craft and worth as one of the elite guitarists on the planet. Combining skills that span a vast spectrum of inspirations, he stands as a giant, melding melody, technique and an epic scope in a unique and inclusive fashion.

Now, with “Blue Lightning”, the man highlights not only his enduring dexterity and diversity, but also pays homage to those from the blues world who have fueled his artistic spirit for so long.

“I have always played around with old songs, both live and also in the studio,” he said. “I did a similar album called ‘Inspiration’ a while ago (1996), and it was Mascot who came to me and suggested I do a blues record.

“Now, I grew up in a classically trained family, and people know me for playing in what is called a neo-classical style. But when I got a guitar for my fifth birthday, what I would try to emulate were JOHN MAYALL & THE BLUESBREAKERS — I would jam along to what they did on record with Eric Clapton (‘Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton‘ album). That’s something people don’t realize about me — I do have a strong interest in the blues. So, when Mascot came to me with the suggestion of doing an album of songs in this style, it didn’t faze me at all. In fact, it seemed so natural.”

What Malmsteen has done here is combine choices which might seem almost obvious with some that will turn heads. He shares: “There were songs that were immediately clear I wanted to do. These were the likes of ‘Purple Haze’ and ‘Smoke On The Water’ which I have been playing since I was a kid. But then I also went for something like ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ which I wasn’t sure I could do. In this case, it was about trial and error. I am delighted that I was able to do justice to the original.”

Anyone who is expecting Malmsteen to copy exactly the way the original versions sound is in for a shock. Because that is not what he has done. He reflects: “I have never been one of those people who wants to sit down and mimic the way in which a song sounds on record. I don’t see the point in doing that. If all you want to hear is a song the way you remember it, then the originals are there for you. What I have done is add in my own vibe and personality, while paying tribute to what you already know. That way I feel I am being myself, yet also being respectful to those artists.”

One thing this album has allowed Malmsteen to do is to challenge himself, which is certainly the case of Eric Clapton‘s “Forever Man”. He offers: “I heard this on the radio, and honestly I didn’t know whether I could do it for this album. But I sat down and tried things, and they worked out. I had to rise to the occasion and am delighted to have done exactly that.” This track showcases not only Malmsteen‘s celebrated guitar qualities, but also his maturing individual vocal confidence. He reflects: “On the singing side with ‘Forever Man’, I did it all in one take. I got the lyrics through, went into the studio, and just got them done. I am not someone who likes to do take after take. I feel you should be able to get it right the first time around. That applies to the vocal parts and also my guitar playing. And for the most part, this is the way I did ‘Blue Lightning’.”

The man has also paid homage to a particular favorite. He shares: “When I was ten years old, I got DEEP PURPLE‘s ‘Fireball’ album, which I have always thought was very undervalued. And the song that really killed me was ‘Demon’s Eye’. And I was very keen to do it for the album. Thankfully, the key was just right for my voice, and I had so much fun doing it. In fact, I would say that I had a great time doing all the songs here.”

Aside from the covers, there are also four original tracks included. And these clearly bring to the fore Malmsteen‘s abiding love for the blues, as well as his capacity for doing interpretations possessed of emotion and depth. He offers: “I have always featured songs with a blues groove on albums. So, having my own material in this vein was very natural for me.”

The album is produced by Yngwie, and Malmsteen has followed a traditional manner in the way this was recorded. He shares: “In the old days, a band would go into the studio, do a couple of songs, then go out on tour, before returning to the studio to do a couple more new tracks. That’s the way I did things this time. I have been so busy on the road in recent times that it was the most pragmatic way to do the album. In all, it took me about ten months to get it done, but by going in the studio in between touring commitments, I feel it kept everything fresh.”

“Blue Lightning” track listing:

01. Blue Lightning
02. Foxy Lady
03. Demon’s Eye
04. 1911 Strut
05. Blue Jeans Blues
06. Purple Haze
07. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
08. Sun’s Up Top’s Down
09. Peace, Please
10. Paint It Black
11. Smoke On The Water
12. Forever Man

Bonus tracks (vinyl and deluxe CD only)

13. Little Miss Lover
14. Jumping Jack Fish

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BATTLE BEAST: 'The Golden Horde' Lyric Video

BATTLE BEAST: 'The Golden Horde' Lyric Video

Finnish metallers BATTLE BEAST have released the official lyric video for the song “The Golden Horde”. The track is taken from the band’s fifth studio album, “No More Hollywood Endings”, which was released on March 22 via Nuclear Blast Records.

“No More Hollywood Endings” was recorded by Janne Björkroth, Viktor Gullichsen and Joona Björkroth at JKB Studio. The production and mixing duties were handled by Janne. The cover artwork was created by Jan Yrlund (KORPIKLAANI, MANOWAR), who previously worked with BATTLE BEAST on 2017’s “Bringer Of Pain”.

Bassist Eero Sipila told Australia’s Heavy about “No More Hollywood Endings”: “It’s very hard to think that this is already our fifth record. For me, it feels like we have just started and then it feels like we have always done this. As a teenager, I always thought that I would be in a band that would record forever and we would do 20 albums and tour for 40 years, but for me now that is hard to think about because it is such a big number… You just have to write a new album every two years. In our band, there are so many different musical inspirations — we have pop-rock, we have power metal — everybody has different musical inspirations, and we don’t want to cut any of those out; we want them all to exist and I think that is what lets our sound evolve and let the sons come together naturally.”

“No More Hollywood Endings” track listing:

01. Unbroken
02. No More Hollywood Endings
03. Eden
04. Unfairy Tales
05. Endless Summer
06. The Hero
07. Piece Of Me
08. I Wish
09. Raise Your Fists
10. The Golden Horde
11. World On Fire

Bonus tracks (digipak and 2LP only!)

12. Bent And Broken
13. My Last Dream

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BEAST IN BLACK Guitarist Blasts W.A.S.P. Leader BLACKIE LAWLESS's 'Unprofessional Attitude'

BEAST IN BLACK Guitarist Blasts W.A.S.P. Leader BLACKIE LAWLESS's 'Unprofessional Attitude'

BEAST IN BLACK guitarist and main songwriter Anton Kabanen spoke to Spain’s GoetiaMedia.com about the band’s ill-fated fall 2017 European tour with W.A.S.P. that ended after only four shows.

“I’m not gonna go into all the details, but [W.A.S.P. leader] Blackie Lawless, he has his reputation, and [he’s] not the easiest touring partner,” Anton said (hear audio below). “We didn’t really meet him, actually, in person — only a couple of times in corridor and outside the car, but that’s about it. Everybody knows he’s the boss there and decisions come from [him]. And it was kind of very… not amateurish, but… well, how to say it…

“We’ve toured now with quite many bands — with bigger bands than W.A.S.P. — and how W.A.S.P. behaves or does things is weird. How can someone that has been in this career for many decades still cause this kind of problems for a support band?” the former BATTLE BEAST guitarist continued. “It’s a weird attitude, I would say — an unprofessional attitude. Things can be done in a way that it’s a win-win situation for both bands, so we didn’t understand what’s the motive behind those things, what they were doing there, to make things more difficult for us.

“But after that, the whole year, 2018, was so successful that now we look back to that W.A.S.P. tour and think, ‘Hey, it was just a bump on the road. It didn’t really stop [us] or anything,'” Anton added. “And, actually, it turned out into a good thing, because it’s something people still keep asking us about: ‘Hey, what happened with the W.A.S.P. tour?’ It caused some kind of a buzz around the band, more hype for the band, because that happened. And a bad thing turned into a good thing. People still talk about it.”

BEAST IN BLACK‘s sophomore album, “From Hell With Love”, was released on February 8 via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2017’s “Berserker” was once again recorded in Anton‘s Sound Request Studio, and true to the motto “never change a winning team,” the cover artwork was created by Roman Ismailov, who worked on “Berserker” as well as the first record Kabanen wrote with BATTLE BEAST, “Steel” (2012).

Kabanen was dismissed from BATTLE BEAST in February 2015 due to what was described at the time as “insurmountable disagreements” with the other members of the band.

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