Yngwie J. Malmsteen

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Yngwie J. Malmsteen (born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck, June 30, 1963) is a guitarist from Sweden who achieved widespread acclaim in the 1980s due to his technical proficiency and fusion of classical music elements with heavy rock guitar.

Born into a musical family in Stockholm on June 30, 1963, Malmsteen was exposed to classical music from an early age, and began playing guitar at the age of eight. Malmsteen was in his teens when he first encountered the music of the 19th-century violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini, whom he cites as his biggest classical influence. Through his emulation of these pieces on guitar, Malmsteen developed a prodigious technical fluency. Malmsteen also cites Jimi Hendrix, Genesis, Uli Jon Roth, and Deep Purple as influences.

Yngwie's contributions to the evolution of modern rock guitar remain unique - his understanding of Paganini, Bach, et. al. is probably unparalleled in the rock world.

1980s

In late 1982 Malmsteen was brought to the USA by Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records who had heard a demo tape of Malmsteen's playing. He had brief engagements with the bands Steeler for their self-titled album of 1983, then Alcatrazz, For their debut No Parole From Rock N' Roll in 1983, plus a live album in 1984 titled Live Sentence. He left Alcatrazz in 1984 and was replaced by Steve Vai, after which he began his solo career.

Malmsteen released his first solo album "Rising Force" (winner of Guitar Player Magazine's Best Rock Album and nominated for a 1984 Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental) which achieved the impressive position of #60 on the Billboard album chart. This was followed by "Marching Out" (1985).

His third album Trilogy was released in 1986. In 1987 former Rainbow vocalist Joe Lynn Turner joined his band, and the following summer he released his fourth album Odyssey.

Odyssey would be his biggest hit album, mainly because of its first single "Heaven Tonight". Shows in Russia during the Odyssey tour were recorded, and released in 1989 as his fifth album Trial By Fire / Live In Leningrad. Not only was the concert in Leningrad the largest ever concert by a western artist in the Soviet Union, but subsequent Malmsteen record sales in Russia totalled 27 Million. Interestingly that is as many recordings as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers had sold in total by 2003, worldwide.

In late 1988, his signature series Fender Stratocaster was released, making him the second artist to have one made, after Eric Clapton.

Malmsteen's style was dubbed "Neoclassical" and it became somewhat popular during the mid 1980s, with notable contemporaries such as Paul Gilbert, Tony MacAlpine and Vinnie Moore appearing in Malmsteen's wake.

1990s

In the early 1990s he released the albums Eclipse (1990), The Yngwie Malmsteen Collection (1991), Fire and Ice (1992) and The Seventh Sign (1994).

Despite his early success, and continued success in Europe and Asia, by the early 1990s the gratuitous over-the-top stylings of 1980s heavy metal had become unfashionable in the USA. This was displaced by the Seattle grunge movement, where technical ability was replaced by basic, more emotional songs, and simpler chord progressions.

It is often argued that the grunge rock movement arose in part as a backlash to the overly technical hard rock inspired by Malmsteen and his contemporaries, which despite its often impressive technique was regarded by some as ponderous, overly complicated and for the average guitarist, frustratingly difficult to emulate.

In the 1990s, Malmsteen continued to record and release albums under the Japanese record label Pony Canyon, and maintained a devoted following in Europe and Japan, and to a lesser extent in the USA. In 2000, he once again acquired a contract with a US record label, Spitfire, and released his 1990s catalog into the US market for the first time, including what he regards as his masterpiece Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra, recorded with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague.

2000s

In 2003, Malmsteen joined Joe Satriani and Steve Vai with whom he toured as part of the G3 "supergroup" web site (http://www.satriani.com/G3/).

Specialized guitar

Aside from technical prowess, distinctions of Malmsteen's guitar style include a wide, violin-like vibrato (inspired by classical violinists), almost exclusive use of Fender Stratocaster guitars, and use of minor scales and minor modes such as Phrygian, Aeolian and Harmonic Minor. Malmsteen cites the Fender Stratocaster and the single coil pickups (of which he uses his own personal custom design by Di Marzio) as a large part of his sound. Fender manufactures a Malmsteen signature model Stratocaster based accurately upon this combination.

The guitars he uses are instantly recognisable by the scalloped neck. Similar to a regular guitar neck, but with wood 'scalloped' or scooped away to form concave shaped in between the frets, of which are very large. Malmsteen coined this design from the days when he worked in a music store in Stockholm Sweden and came across a 16th century Lute with a scalloped neck using the raised wood as frets.

Criticism

Although initially regarded with respect by the musical fraternity, his technical proficiency led to a both jealousy and bitterness from less-talented performers in the musical world. His technical ability is, by any standard, remarkable.

Note that despite his impressive technique, some find Malmsteen's recordings repetitive or even boring. A review of 1988's Odyssey notes "little difference in approach from his previous output, lending credence to critics' charges that Malmsteen plays with mindless technique at the expense of substance, fire, and emotion." [1] (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:bauk6j3h71q0)

Malmsteen has been criticized for a musical style that focuses more on showing his own technical prowess than on substance. However it should be noted that by the use of modal progressions not widely used in rock and his classical influence he was able to revolutionise rock guitar. Although the reversion to basic pentatonic and blues type riffs in modern rock is prevalent, those who still employ technical playing are playing in the genre that guitarists such as Malmsteen revolutionised. Some of the lyrics employed in some of Malmsteen's songs have been questioned as commercial or 'cheesy' but often this was just a tool for more exposure and radio play to showcase the technical mastery of his guitar playing. Perhaps some of his instrumental passages like 'Sorrow' and 'Far beyond the Sun' tracks devoid of lyrics, were his finest hour.

Discography

  • Rising Force (1984)
  • Marching Out (1985)
  • Trilogy (1986)
  • Odyssey (1988)
  • Trial By Fire: Live in Leningrad (1989)
  • Eclipse (1990)
  • Collection (1991)
  • Fire and Ice (1992)
  • The Seventh Sign (1994)
  • Magnum Opus (1995)
  • Inspiration (1996)
  • Facing the Animal (1997)
  • LIVE! (1998)
  • Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra in Em, Opus 1 (1998)
  • Alchemy (1999)
  • War to End All Wars (2000)
  • Concerto Suite LIVE (2002)
  • Attack!! (2002)
  • Unleash The Fury (2005)

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Perhaps some of his instrumental passages like 'Sorrow' and 'Far beyond the Sun' tracks devoid of lyrics, were his finest hour. From Lest We Forget. Some of the lyrics employed in some of Malmsteen's songs have been questioned as commercial or 'cheesy' but often this was just a tool for more exposure and radio play to showcase the technical mastery of his guitar playing. From The Golden Age of Grotesque. Although the reversion to basic pentatonic and blues type riffs in modern rock is prevalent, those who still employ technical playing are playing in the genre that guitarists such as Malmsteen revolutionised. From the Not Another Teen Movie Soundtrack. Malmsteen has been criticized for a musical style that focuses more on showing his own technical prowess than on substance. However it should be noted that by the use of modal progressions not widely used in rock and his classical influence he was able to revolutionise rock guitar. From Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death).

A review of 1988's Odyssey notes "little difference in approach from his previous output, lending credence to critics' charges that Malmsteen plays with mindless technique at the expense of substance, fire, and emotion." [1] (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:bauk6j3h71q0). From Mechanical Animals. Note that despite his impressive technique, some find Malmsteen's recordings repetitive or even boring. From the Spawn Soundtrack. His technical ability is, by any standard, remarkable. From Antichrist Superstar. Although initially regarded with respect by the musical fraternity, his technical proficiency led to a both jealousy and bitterness from less-talented performers in the musical world. From Smells Like Children.

Malmsteen coined this design from the days when he worked in a music store in Stockholm Sweden and came across a 16th century Lute with a scalloped neck using the raised wood as frets. From Portrait of an American Family. Similar to a regular guitar neck, but with wood 'scalloped' or scooped away to form concave shaped in between the frets, of which are very large. He was previously engaged to actress Rose McGowan. The guitars he uses are instantly recognisable by the scalloped neck. The couple have dated since 2000. Fender manufactures a Malmsteen signature model Stratocaster based accurately upon this combination. In October 2004, it was learned Marilyn Manson was planning to marry girlfriend, stripper Dita von Teese, at a castle in Germany in November.

Malmsteen cites the Fender Stratocaster and the single coil pickups (of which he uses his own personal custom design by Di Marzio) as a large part of his sound. Mark Chaussee has taken over from John 5 and will play lead guitar. Aside from technical prowess, distinctions of Malmsteen's guitar style include a wide, violin-like vibrato (inspired by classical violinists), almost exclusive use of Fender Stratocaster guitars, and use of minor scales and minor modes such as Phrygian, Aeolian and Harmonic Minor. He is expected to make a full recovery within several weeks. In 2003, Malmsteen joined Joe Satriani and Steve Vai with whom he toured as part of the G3 "supergroup" web site (http://www.satriani.com/G3/). The substitution came as a result of Ginger sustaining several injuries while performing at the VIVA Comet Awards in Germany including a fractured arm and a broken nose. In 2000, he once again acquired a contract with a US record label, Spitfire, and released his 1990s catalog into the US market for the first time, including what he regards as his masterpiece Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra, recorded with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague. Chris Vrenna of Tweaker, (formerly of Nine Inch Nails), will be playing drums on the Against All Gods US tour dates filling in for Ginger Fish.

In the 1990s, Malmsteen continued to record and release albums under the Japanese record label Pony Canyon, and maintained a devoted following in Europe and Japan, and to a lesser extent in the USA. The user base sharply declined and its uniqueness vanished as many classic members never returned. It is often argued that the grunge rock movement arose in part as a backlash to the overly technical hard rock inspired by Malmsteen and his contemporaries, which despite its often impressive technique was regarded by some as ponderous, overly complicated and for the average guitarist, frustratingly difficult to emulate. For reasons unknown, the BBS was removed, then reintroduced a few months later, and removed again. This was displaced by the Seattle grunge movement, where technical ability was replaced by basic, more emotional songs, and simpler chord progressions. Manson would occasionally interject on discussions along these lines. Despite his early success, and continued success in Europe and Asia, by the early 1990s the gratuitous over-the-top stylings of 1980s heavy metal had become unfashionable in the USA. Discussion of art, politics, news and current events raged on in classic message board style. There was much debate on the meanings and interpretations of various lyrics, diagrams, or pictures featured in his album cover art--especially that of Holy Wood.

In the early 1990s he released the albums Eclipse (1990), The Yngwie Malmsteen Collection (1991), Fire and Ice (1992) and The Seventh Sign (1994). The Manson BBS was opened up after Mechanical Animals and was a very active forum in subjects other than the band. Malmsteen's style was dubbed "Neoclassical" and it became somewhat popular during the mid 1980s, with notable contemporaries such as Paul Gilbert, Tony MacAlpine and Vinnie Moore appearing in Malmsteen's wake. An additional website, [ThisAsValentinesDay.com], featured a headline announcing JFK's death. In late 1988, his signature series Fender Stratocaster was released, making him the second artist to have one made, after Eric Clapton. Holy Wood was companioned with the website Celebritarian.com, which featured a provoking questionnaire and a diagram showing that a human does not have a soul until age 10. Not only was the concert in Leningrad the largest ever concert by a western artist in the Soviet Union, but subsequent Malmsteen record sales in Russia totalled 27 Million. Interestingly that is as many recordings as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers had sold in total by 2003, worldwide. Mechanical Animals was companioned by Comawhite.com, an interactive online maze which led users to various drug and rose themed graphics, and links to hidden sections of his main website.

Shows in Russia during the Odyssey tour were recorded, and released in 1989 as his fifth album Trial By Fire / Live In Leningrad. Manson also released companion websites spawned from his concept albums. Odyssey would be his biggest hit album, mainly because of its first single "Heaven Tonight". His participation gradually dropped off and since The Golden Age of Grotesque, almost no new content has appeared there. In 1987 former Rainbow vocalist Joe Lynn Turner joined his band, and the following summer he released his fourth album Odyssey. Often these films were monologues by Manson responding to fan questions or media announcements, and other films were obscure recordings from his studio. His third album Trilogy was released in 1986. Fans could expect a short film to be available for download every few weeks.

This was followed by "Marching Out" (1985). Manson frequently broadcasted messages and interacted with his listeners on his official website from the release of Mechanical Animals until some time after Holy Wood was released. Malmsteen released his first solo album "Rising Force" (winner of Guitar Player Magazine's Best Rock Album and nominated for a 1984 Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental) which achieved the impressive position of #60 on the Billboard album chart. After the departure of Twiggy in 02, Tim Skold was added to the band and The Golden Age of Grotesque has a very similar sound to his earlier works with KMFDM. He left Alcatrazz in 1984 and was replaced by Steve Vai, after which he began his solo career. The followup CDs, Mechanical Animals and Holywood, were mostly composed by Twiggy alone, with Manson adding his own touches. He had brief engagements with the bands Steeler for their self-titled album of 1983, then Alcatrazz, For their debut No Parole From Rock N' Roll in 1983, plus a live album in 1984 titled Live Sentence. That CD has a very strong NIN sound.

In late 1982 Malmsteen was brought to the USA by Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records who had heard a demo tape of Malmsteen's playing. His most popular cd, Antichrist Svperstar was largly composed by Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) and Twiggy Ramirez. is probably unparalleled in the rock world. Manson himself is not trained as a musician, thus the music is written largly by others, then Manson writes the lyrics. al. Manson has called this album his "farewell" album, but it is not his last album. Yngwie's contributions to the evolution of modern rock guitar remain unique - his understanding of Paganini, Bach, et. It also contains a bonus DVD with most of the band's music videos, excluding "Tainted Love" and "(s)AINT".

Malmsteen also cites Jimi Hendrix, Genesis, Uli Jon Roth, and Deep Purple as influences. Manson has released Lest We Forget, a greatest hits album including a cover of "Personal Jesus", a Depeche Mode hit. Through his emulation of these pieces on guitar, Malmsteen developed a prodigious technical fluency. Now that seems like entertainment to me." Christians have reportedly tried on occasion to let Manson know that they are praying for his salvation. Malmsteen was in his teens when he first encountered the music of the 19th-century violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini, whom he cites as his biggest classical influence. On May 16, 2001, it was announced on the ReligionToday website that Manson planned to quote the Bible at his next concert, to "balance out" his violent lyrics, "so we can examine the virtues of wonderful Christian stories of disease, murder, adultery, suicide and child sacrifice. Born into a musical family in Stockholm on June 30, 1963, Malmsteen was exposed to classical music from an early age, and began playing guitar at the age of eight. Although Manson's philosophy and behavior on occasion seems anti-Christian, this is not the same as being Satanic.

Malmsteen (born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck, June 30, 1963) is a guitarist from Sweden who achieved widespread acclaim in the 1980s due to his technical proficiency and fusion of classical music elements with heavy rock guitar. Marilyn Manson. Yngwie J. Unlike being an ordained minister, a Reverend of the Church of Satan is one who is revered by the Church for some reason – regardless of their connections to it — while a priest or minister is one who dedicates their life to preaching the religion to others. Nevertheless, some fans refer to him as the Rev. Unleash The Fury (2005). This, however, is not strictly true; he was appointed as honorary Reverend by late founder Anton LaVey. Attack!! (2002). Manson is often described as a follower and ordained minister of the Church of Satan.

Concerto Suite LIVE (2002). When asked what he would say to the two if he had a chance to talk to them before the killings, Manson replied "I wouldn't say a single word to them; I would listen to what they have to say, and that's what no one did.". War to End All Wars (2000). In the critically acclaimed documentary Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore interviewed Manson about the tragedy. Alchemy (1999). Out of respect for the victims, Manson canceled appearances in Denver until the 2001 Ozzfest. Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra in Em, Opus 1 (1998). Following the Columbine High School massacre, there were accusations that killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were influenced by Manson's music (along with that of other bands in the gothic/industrial genre), despite statements by both Harris and Klebold that they were not fans of Manson.

LIVE! (1998). The hearing featured the testimony of Raymond Kuntz, of Burlington, North Dakota, who blamed his son's suicide on Antichrist Superstar, which Lieberman denounced as "vile, hateful, nihilistic and damaging.". Facing the Animal (1997). Manson supporters claim it was merely another salvo in Joseph Lieberman's declared war on the band. Inspiration (1996). That November 6, U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management and Restructuring held a public hearing on the effect of violent rock and rap lyrics on kids. Magnum Opus (1995). In 1997, the owner of Calgary's Max Bell Centre had Manson's July 25 show canceled, citing "immorality" and the band's "use of animals on stage." Another concert in Portland was canceled a few days later due to Manson's reputation, and the venue's inability to get insurance for the gig.

The Seventh Sign (1994). Manson's lyrics have frequently been called offensive and obscene, and protests and petitions have successfully had the group banned from performing. Fire and Ice (1992). The members of the band dress in often bizarre costumes, and have developed a devoted fan base both for their music and their sometimes shocking behavior (see also KISS and Alice Cooper). Collection (1991). Until 1996, the name of each band member was created by combining the first name of a female pop culture icon and the last name of a serial killer; Manson's name a combination of the names of Marilyn Monroe and cult leader Charles Manson. Eclipse (1990). The band's lineup has changed several times since its inception, with the exception of Manson himself.

Trial By Fire: Live in Leningrad (1989). Marilyn Manson's first CD, Portrait of an American Family was released on Reznor's Nothing Records label. Odyssey (1988). The band received little attention outside Florida until they were noticed by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor. Trilogy (1986). Marilyn Manson's early presentation had a more comic-bookish, Scooby Doo-style than the dark, brooding style of their later image. Marching Out (1985). As a band, Marilyn Manson got their start in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1989 as Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids.

Rising Force (1984). Marilyn Manson, eponymous band of the lead singer of the same name, is an American industrial rock outfit, based in Hollywood, California. God Is in the T.V. (VHS) (1999) - a collection of all band's music videos (from Get Your Gunn to Coma White) plus an hour of live footage of the Rock Is Dead tour. Dead to the World (VHS) (1998) - a documentary of the Dead to the World tour. Guns, God and Government (DVD & VHS) (2002) - a documentary of the Guns, God and Government tour.

Doppelherz (2003) (DVD, comes only with the limited edition of The Golden Age of Grotesque). Lest We Forget (2004) (The deluxe edition comes with a bonus DVD featuring all Marilyn Manson's music videos excluding Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes and Tainted Love). Unauthorized: Dissecting Marilyn Manson, 2002 Plexus Paperback ISBN 0859653293. Official: The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, 1998 Regan Paperback ISBN 0060987464.

Portrait of an American Family (1994-1995). Smells Like Children (1995-1996). Dead to the World (1996-1997). Rock Is Dead (1997-1998).

Mechanical Animals Promo (1998-1999). Guns, God and Government (2000-2001). Ozzfest 2001. Ozzfest 2003.

Grotesk Burlesk (2003-2004). Against All Gods (2004-2005). Personal Jesus. (s)AINT.

This Is the New Shit. mOBSCENE. Tainted Love. The Nobodies.

Disposable Teens. The Fight Song. Coma White. I Don't Like the Drugs, But The Drugs Like Me.

Rock Is Dead. The Dope Show. Long Hard Road Out Of Hell. Man That You Fear.

Cryptorchid. Tourniquet. The Beautiful People. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This).

Dope Hat. Lunchbox. Get Your Gunn. The Last Tour On Earth (1999).

Live As Hell - Radio Show '92 (1993). Untitled ("Refrigerator") (early 1993). The Family Jams (mid 1992). Lunchbox (1991).

After School Special (January 1991). Grist-O-Line (fall/winter 1990). Big Black Bus (summer 1990). Beaver Meat Cleaver Beat (early 1990).

The Raw Boned Psalms (early 1990). Lest We Forget (2004). Remix and Repent (1997). Smells Like Children (1995).

The Golden Age of Grotesque (2003). Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death) (2000). Mechanical Animals (1998). Antichrist Superstar (1996).

Portrait of an American Family (1994). Olivia Newton Bundy (Brian Tutunick) - bass 1991. Zsa Zsa Speck (Perry Pandrea) - keyboard 1990-1991. Zim Zum (Michael Linton) - guitar 1996-1998.

Twiggy Ramirez (Jeordie White) - bass/guitar 1993-2002. John 5 (John Lowery) - guitar 1998-2004. Gidget Gein (Brad Stewart) - bass 1990-1993. Sara Lee Lucas (Freddy Streithorst) - drums 1990-1995.

Daisy Berkowitz (Scott Putesky) - guitar, bass, programming 1990-1996. Mark Chaussee - Lead Guitar. Tim Skold - Bass Guitar. Drums.

Madonna Wayne (M.W.) Gacy a.k.a Pogo (Stephen Bier, Jr.) - Keyboards & Alt. Ginger Fish (Kenny Wilson) - Drums. Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner) - Vocals.

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