What’s to say about Yngwie Malmsteen that hasn’t already been said? I mean, the guy has always been a rock star – still is – and everybody, at least in Sweden, knows who he is. Even people who isn’t the least interested in hard rock and metal knows of him. Hell. even my granddad knew of him. Me, I have been a Malmsteen-fan since I first heard his debut solo album Yngwie J Malmsteen’s Rising Force (1984). Back in the day, I missed out on both Steeler and Alcatrazz, but in my book, neither were anything to write home about – without Yngwie those bands wouldn’t have been of any interest at all. All the follow-ups – Marching Out (1985), Trilogy (1986), Odyssey (1988) and Eclipse (1990) – were killers, in my book. Love those records. After those, the quality on the records started to fade even though he did release some really great records later on. The Seventh Sign (1994), Facing The Animal (1997) and Alchemy (1999) are all awesome records, but after those records, Yngwie hasn’t managed to release anything worth of interest, give or take the odd song or two here and there. The biggest problem have been the production on his records. I get the feeling that Yngwie have become jaded and just don’t give a shit how his albums sound as long as he gets to release a shitload of them – quantity over quality instead of the other way around.