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Yngwie Malmsteen


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

Born into a musical family in Stockholm, Yngwie was the youngest child in the family. At an early age, he showed little interest in music. It wasn’t until September 18, 1970 when at age seven he saw a TV special on the death of Jimi Hendrix that Malmsteen became obsessed with the guitar. To quote his official website, “The day Jimi Hendrix died, the guitar-playing Yngwie was born”.

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. It has been rumoured that Yngwie believes himself to be the reincarnation of the temperamental, often criticized, and widely misunderstood violinist from Genoa. Through his emulation of Paganini concerto pieces on guitar, Malmsteen developed a prodigious technical fluency. Malmsteen also cites Jimi Hendrix, Genesis, Uli Jon Roth, and Deep Purple as influences.

Malmsteen’s contributions to the evolution of modern rock guitar, particularly his embracing of modal progressions and classically-influenced techniques not widely used in rock music, broke new ground and Malmsteen is often credited with the creation of the neoclassical metal genre


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  • Amangberangas

    the best

    29 Jun 7:32am Reply
  • Lyrici17

    My new [2nd] favorite "driving in the sun" band (after Iron Maiden)......

    21 Jun 9:10pm Reply
  • ilhammaulana

    Sounds so melodic and classical. But I still can't enjoy his music anyway.

    18 May 4:25pm Reply
  • REYAD_81

    oh, man!!!!

    7 May 8:02pm Reply
  • MyMediaMusic

    Spellbound, his most recent effort, is not too bad, but the production is very lousy. All you can hear are the guitars! And is that Yngwie singing? Man, if he actually got an actual singer, drummer and producer on that album instead of doing everything himself, it'd probably be one of his best. My favorite of his stuff is "Soldier Without Faith", such a fantastic track.

    29 Apr 6:08am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Angels of Love was the best release he ever made, it actually had balance!

    29 Apr 1:47am Reply
  • ronzepplin

    real master. repects

    25 Mar 8:48pm Reply
  • BoobyNoobie

    deserve more scrobbles!

    11 Mar 4:29pm Reply
  • MultiverseMann

    "My resurrection" should be played more often!!! Always LOVE how his music makes me FEELl!!!

    11 Mar 1:09am Reply
  • Eddie_imp

    Odyssey is a favorite album of teenage years. Yngwie, thanks! \m/

    13 Jan 12:30pm Reply
  • menswear2112

    Yngwie, consider yourself fraternally hugged.

    8 Dec 2013 Reply

    Úico e inigualable. El maestro de maestros del Rock Neoclásico. Tenemos un Brian May, un Richie Blackmore, un Joe Satriani o un Steve Vai; pero nunca más tendremos un Malmsteen, el día que éste virtuoso deje de tocar. Lo que más admiro de éste genio, es su constante búsqueda de la velocidad y del estilo. Es como un personaje salido del renacimiento y del arte barroco, perdido en el siglo XXI, con guitarra en mano y la genialidad de un maestro contemporáneo. Salve Yngwie¡¡¡¡.....

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • orangexlemon

    Trilogy is my favourite album cover

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Jenni_Franca

    You guys should check Lucas Cabral :D

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • SexLuthor

    crying is such a amazing ballad....

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
  • iamdnan

    You rock

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ObeyYourMaster_

    Yngwie Malmsteen com to braziiiiiiiiiil !!!!!!!!!!! I GO

    16 Sep 2013 Reply
  • albertlespaul

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    "No doubt, he is a decent guitarist" hahaha, that is a classic one...

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Minilaptop

    Biggest Influence in my life absolutely inspiring for every guitarist in the world.

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
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