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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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  • deratyne

    Finally I have Rising Force and Odyssey on CD. There's nothing else that I need.

    19 Jan 2:36pm Reply
  • HaohmaruXXX

    Cum to Alamo, Texas Yngwie.

    9 Jan 1:00pm Reply
  • onlycharles

    Waiting for the the Yngwie Malmsteen guitar GOD on the Monsters Of Rock 2015 here in Brazil! Come master!!!!!!

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Crazy-Diamond_

    He's a fantastic guitarist!

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • menswear2112

    I saw him live and Lord, does he sweats. Those leather pants has to be surgically removed.

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MaggiePN

    You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget!!! [2] I'm listetning to this song the whole day :D it's so epic.

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Altair_4

    You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget!!!

    6 Nov 2014 Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    Triology Suite op5 !!

    13 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Amangberangas

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    29 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Lyrici17

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

    21 Jun 2014 Reply
  • ilhammaulana

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

    18 May 2014 Reply
  • REYAD_81

    oh, man!!!!

    7 May 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

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

    29 Apr 2014 Reply
  • ronzepplin

    real master. repects

    25 Mar 2014 Reply
  • BoobyNoobie

    deserve more scrobbles!

    11 Mar 2014 Reply
  • MultiverseMann

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

    11 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Eddie_imp

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

    13 Jan 2014 Reply
  • menswear2112

    Yngwie, consider yourself fraternally hugged.

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • METALMASTIL

    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
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