Yngwie Malmsteen – World on Fire
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Ah… the Master has risen in 2016 with World on Fire. There hasn’t been a guitar master that has matched the success of Yngwie Malmsteen since Jimi Hendrix. There are many who undoubtedly kick some major ass but everyone is always compared to the true master Yngwie from Randy Rhoads to Buckethead.
You know that once a Malmsteen release hits the stores, it has a huge impact on the music world. Not only to fans but also to other guitarists who buy it just to see what The Master has come up with in his path to ecstasy. I would never say Yngwie’s music is a great commercial release because his style is not for everyone. But this time around there is some earth shattering songs.
For those who consider themselves disciples of Yngwie, don’t worry — he hasn’t eased up on the technical aspect. If you’re a guitarist, World on Fire is both jaw-dropping and inspiring. Malmsteen knows how to make an entrance, and the first track, World on Fire, is unabashedly meant to impress. Oh, it does. It starts with his impressive vocals, with almost an orchestral vibe. After about 20 seconds, the speed begins and the outstanding solo work never lets up. “Top Down, Foot Down” has an epic feel akin to “Spellbound”, and it’s that over-the-top vibe makes for a perfect opener.
One of my personal favorites is “Lost in Machine”. Yngwie’s vocals are top-notch on this song. This track, along with “Largo”, are ones that will leave Malmsteen fans speechless but wanting more. The incredible momentum does not falter either when followed by the jaw dropping “No Rest for the Wicked”, “Soldier” and “DUF 1220”. YJM continues to blow you away with his uncanny ability to move his fingers faster up and down the frets than most guitarists still, today.
The album concludes with the tracks “Abandon (Slight Return)” and “Nacht Musik”, both of which somehow manage to keep up the intensity. If anyone is still looking for a Malmsteen record that sounds like his first four, get that out of your head. His sound has been evolving over the last 30 years. YJM continues on with him in total control of instruments, singing, producing, mixing, lyrics, and his brilliant guitar playing. Any fan of guitar shred will want to add this classic to their collection.
Make no mistake about it. This is an Yngwie record. He sings on three of the songs, played all of the bass parts, and did much of the keyboard work. He also produced the record. The album clocks in under 45 minutes, you’ll be in awe from the opening riff of the title track, “World on Fire”, to the last beat of “Nacht Musik”, Malmsteen has killed it with World on Fire.
I had the pleasure of meeting Yngwie on the Generation Axe Tour this past April. His presence doesn’t disappoint. He spent time with the fans and signed autographs with a smile.
So once again we have a masterpiece by The Master that will be exalted up by fans and guitar maniacs which will go down as a classic Malmsteen release. This is why, Yngwie J. Malmsteen is the best of the best.