Yngwie Malmsteen
The Seventh Sign


4.5
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Review

by deflepp0925 USER (16 Reviews)
November 23rd, 2007 | 13 replies | 10,525 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Seventh Sign is one of my favorites from Yngwie and one of my favorite Neo-Classical albums of all time. Strong songs definitely make up for a few of those weaker ones. Most of the weaker ones, to note, are actually not really songs, just solos. Enjoy

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Yngwie Malmsteen is today hailed as one of the most virtuoso guitarists of all time, supported by a chain of great neo-classical and classical albums. The Seventh Sign does little to break that chain, and is definitely one of my favorite albums by the ever so egotistical Malmsteen.
Yngwie is one of my favorite guitarists but until recently, I realized that I didn't know a whole lot of his music after Eclipse. I actually found this album because I found the different sound of Fire And Ice refreshing from the older (but still equally good) Yngwie recordings. This lead to me finding The Seventh Sign.
The album's lead off track, Never Die, is in my opinion one of the strongest songs on the entire album. It begins with a typical Yngwie shred session and kicks into a simple (for him) but solid beat with a charged double pedal beat coming from Mike Terrana. The song is lacking very little and is complimented with Michael Vescera's piercing vocals.

I Don't Know is definitely one of the most unique song on the album in the sense that it is one of the only song with the same upbeat and jazzy tempo it has. Overall the song is more than decent decent, even though the lyrical work is a bit random (at least apparent to me). The bridge into the solo gives the song some nice flavor and the solo is one of the more cool ones on the record.

Meant To Be is one of the ballads on the record that is not comparable to the rest, in the sense that it isn't as bland and is enjoyable to listen to. The melody is basic as the vocals and the guitars are pretty much in rhythm the whole time. It is an overall decent song in comparison to the rest of the slower songs.

In reference to the ballads forementioned: Forever One, Brothers, and Prisoner of Your Love. Forever One is mostly acoustic or clean although it goes heavy for a small portion here or there. Overall a pretty bland song with typical lyrics, but it is worth listening to a few times, and still a good track. Prisoner of Your Love is also very typical like "Forever One", and gets very boring after the first few times, but is again, about a 3/5 for me. Brothers is an instrumental featuring about 4 minutes of nothing special. A definite filler and although it is definitely right up Yngwie's alley, it is very boring (in fact, I have barely ever finished the whole thing, if I let it go more than a quarter of the way in), and my least favorite on the entire record, and generally one I skip. This is also with Sorrow, which is a 2 minute acoustic song, which is mildly entertaining but nothing worth listening to. It is however, not necessarily meant to be a full length song, and more of just a break from the rest of the album.

Bad Blood is a swingy track with a great feel to it. The drum line is very solid and the verse is featuring a bass/drum with vocals part with some little fills from Malmsteen. The vocals are great and it all meshes very well.

Hairtrigger and Crash and Burn are both great tracks, although I favor Hairtrigger a little more. They both have the same driving metal kind of feel to them, but "Crash" just gets a little annoying to listen to if you really aren't in the mood. Hairtrigger has a good length to it, not too drawn out, not too short.

Pyramid of Cheops starts off very slow and really does drag on a lot but it is a very cool song and unique on this album for its shere simplicity and its heaviness, which really isn't matched in the rest of the album. An overall decent track, 4/5
Angel in Heat is a fairly good song, although a little of a rip off of I Don't Know is definitiely apparent. It is an average track with a pretty cool guitar tone that isn't common in the rest of the record: 3.5/5

The Seventh Sign is my other favorite track off of the album. The first 45 seconds is a classical intro that explodes into a great riff with solid drums and bass, with complimenting vocals. Excellent dynamics and great show of lyrical ability. The song is about 6-7 minutes long but because of the way it is structured, it doesn't tire out half way through.
PROS:
Yngwie's guitar playing.
Michael Vescera's voice, best singer since Soto
Mike Terrana's drums,
Never Die
The Seventh Sign
Bad Blood
Hairtrigger
CONS:
Yngwie's guitar playing (in reference to some of the out of place overdrawn filler solos)
Brothers
Sorrow
Ballads are a little too similar and typical
Still one of my favorite Yngwie albums, totally worth checking out.
Note: Live at the Budokan 1994 was the Seventh Sign tour......
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ohcleverhansyou
November 23rd 2007



885 Comments


The fanboyism and lack of space between paragraphs keeps me from reading this with much interest. But I'll try reading again because I think I'm the kind of person who would like Malmsteen, though I've never tried.

Slaytan
November 23rd 2007



1186 Comments


I'm sorry, but this wasn't a good review. And the way you describe the album does not support your rating of 4.5.
P.S. Break up the paragraphs.

ValiumMan
November 23rd 2007



493 Comments


I agree with the three posters above. Overly fanboyish, bad format.

Yyy
November 23rd 2007



289 Comments


this review brings the fucking fury

deflepp0925
November 23rd 2007



213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanx for the suggestions i edited a bit
this is my first review in over a year im gettin back into it lol


Aficionado
November 23rd 2007



1027 Comments


Well it seems to be a difficult transition for you boyo.

I HATE THIS GUY

Bfhurricane
November 23rd 2007



6197 Comments


I dont have this album, I should check it out. The review was mediocre. His debut, Rising Force, is classic. He is an ass, but he really throttled the metal neoclassical movement into gear.

Yyy
November 23rd 2007



289 Comments


is that supposed to be a good thing

joshuatree
Emeritus
November 23rd 2007



3743 Comments


Yngwie brings the pain

Bfhurricane
November 23rd 2007



6197 Comments


I really like neoclassical and power metal, and he was pretty much the first guy to fool around with that kind of music, so yes it is a good thing in my opinion.

rockfan123
May 3rd 2008



344 Comments


My dad listens to this album all the time, and thats why my dad is a better parent than my mom.

TheNotrap
August 4th 2011



8029 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

An average record from the guitar genius.
His golden era ended with Fire and Ice (slightly better than The Seven Sign)

Digging: Savage Grace - Master Of Disguise

dannyboy89
February 5th 2012



11944 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I really despised this album. I only care for Rising Force, everything else is just based on it.
Though, those are the only two albums I've heard from him.



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