Review: Trilogy

Yngwie Malmsteen’s suitably titled third album, Trilogy is a continuation of the previous record Marching Out. Like that album, the focus of this record is to produce good catchy heavy metal songs and less about playing straight up instrumentals.

The style from Marching Out was an interesting change from Yngwie Malmsteen’s first album. The song writing whilst not perfect provided the listener with some good tracks and that approach has been solidified on his third record, Trilogy. The album features the opening track You Don’t Remember, I’ll Never Forget a song that features more keyboards and heavier pop leanings then any of the bands previous offerings. It is followed up by some great tracks like Liar, Crying, Fury and the closing instrumental Trilogy Suit Op. 5. The album as a whole has a big power metal vibe to it, features some great riffs, thunderous drums and some wailing guitar solos.

Trilogy’s opening track does hint a little at what was to come with heavier pop leanings, more keyboards and family friendly tracks on the albums Odyssey and Eclipse. But that in my opinion is not a bad thing to a point. It does make the opening song very dated but the production and sound as a whole does not help matters at all. The sound on this record has the typical ’80s drum sound and quiet CD pressing that just wreaks of the time it was recorded in.

Once you get through that sound issue, Trilogy is quite a spectacular album with some wonderful neo-guitar playing from Yngwie Malmsteen, some superb vocal acrobatics from Mark Boals and the rest of the band (featuring Jens and Anders Johansson) pulling of some great powerful heavy metal. The album is tight and very well polished showing the band developing their skills as time passes.

By today’s standards, Trilogy is without a doubt dated and a little corny lyrically, but looking at it from the perspective of an ’80s metal head in 1986, this is a superb energetic album that really deserves a lot more praise. Yngwie Malmsteen may only be known as a ‘shredder’ in today’s world but comparing him to other ‘shredders’ like Michael Angelo Batio and Chris Impellitteri, he clearly plays more then just a random amount of notes really fast and instead puts the extra work in with a little more thought and a considerable amount of feeling.

Rating : 9 / 10

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Track Listing :

  1. You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget
  2. Liar
  3. Queen in Love
  4. Crying (instrumental)
  5. Fury
  6. Fire
  7. Magic Mirror
  8. Dark Ages
  9. Trioligy Suite Op. 5 (instrumental.