What does it sound like?:
This is a reissue, with a couple of fairly inessential bonus tracks added, of Malmsteen’s sixth solo record, originally released in 1992. For the uninitiated, he is a Swedish guitar virtuoso, although I’ve always thought of him as a poor man’s Steve Vai to be honest. There’s no denying his technical ability, but his neo-classical style is sometimes rather heavy going. Imagine Richie Blackmore with hints of Paganini and Vivaldi thrown into the mix, and you’ll get the picture.
On this album, he made the mistake of retaining on vocals Goran Edman, who also appeared on its predecessor. Not a good move as his vocals are rather clichéd and a bit of an acquired taste, but luckily there are quite a few instrumental pieces here too, and these work far better. For me, the longer pieces are the more successful, particularly How Many Miles To Babylon and Leviathan. The Deep Purplish Dragonfly is worth a listen too, as is the catchy title track. The rest is a bit ho-hum.
If you’re a fan, you probably already own this – if you’re not this won’t suddenly convert you.
What does it all *mean*?
This isn’t Malmsteen’s best work by a long chalk – indeed it’s not really one of his better albums overall. Check out any of his early albums such as ‘Rising Force’ or his live set Trial By Fire and you’ll see what I mean.
Goes well with…
Air guitar, shredding.
Might suit people who like…
Steve Vai, Joe Satriani et al.