Yngwie Malmsteen
Relentless


1.5
very poor

Review

by DreamScapeVirus USER (3 Reviews)
December 10th, 2010 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Relentless" is Boring, Lazy, and completely uninspired...A washed up reject continuously showing his true colors.

How quickly time flies and how quickly those who were once so high can fall down so low. Yngwie Malmsteen the once critically acclaimed "Guitar Virtuoso" proves once again with "Relentless" why in his latter years, he has proven to be a mere shadow of his former self. Recycled riffs, licks, and in typical Yngwie fashion inept lyrical ability plague this entire album from start to finish, causing the album as a whole to be quite a chore to listen to.

The album opens with Overture, clocking in at just under a minute. In typical Yngwie fashion his use of the word overture is once again redundantly titled seeing how it doesn't do what an overture is suppose to establish to begin with. There are no thematic melodies heard ever again throughout the entire album, unless ofcourse you consider the 2-3 intervalic key signatures that will be present, throughout. Typical and self indulgent. Yngwie opens a lackluster album with familiar themes heard since 1984's "Rising Force".

Before I can continue I must mention that throughout this album Tim "Ripper" Owens gives a very honest and Rockin' performance. However the previously mentioned overall lazy lyrical songwriting almost serves to parody the overall message of the album and proves further how if Yngwie cant find a way to reinvent him self even slightly, he will just simply continue to fade off into oblivion.

With that being said after the opening instrumental comes to a close we are introduced with a slew of incredibly formulaic and fairly boring songs, until the tables change and Yngwie comes in for his lead vocal role on the song "Look at You Now", just as its predecessors namely from the album "Attack" this song is a complete disaster and makes you look forward to the lengthy Eb Harmonic minor solo interlude. "Look at You Now" being the epithelial climax of the album the rest of the album continues in the same way it began, leaving no real impression and really only serving as being listenable with an unassertive ear.

In conclusion for any Yngwie fans out there I simply recommend to just revel in his classic Albums and pay no attention to the fat man behind the curtain. Yngwies continual lazy songwriting has completely spiraled into itself and most likely there is no way for him to reclaim even a quarter of his fame, which may serve as being an OK sentiment. "Relentless" summed up in as many words is Boring, Lazy, and completely uninspired, NEXT PLEASE!


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emmy
December 10th 2010


205 Comments


thank god for that Eb Harmonic minor solo interlude!

Comatorium.
December 10th 2010


4117 Comments


this review is boring, lazy, and uninspired, next please.

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R6Rider
December 10th 2010


4615 Comments


Definitely one of my guitar heros as corny as that sounds.

Too bad he hasn't put out anything worth listening to in a very, very long time.

Satellite
December 10th 2010


20816 Comments


people who like this android are the worst.

DreamScapeVirus
December 10th 2010


11 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

@Comatorium.
+1 you win a prize, my true intent for writing the review to begin with is realized!

DreamScapeVirus
December 10th 2010


11 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

@R6Rider
I'm a fan as well, however like many others may note though, Yngwie has not released anything even remotely worth listening to since "Eclipse".

bloc
December 10th 2010


34854 Comments


Dang, this was really that bad? But I can't say I like the guy's playing too much; only song I truly enjoy from him is Black Star.

Digging: Interpol - El Pintor

A7XEric
December 10th 2010


309 Comments


I can't see this album being that bad, though I didn't exactly expect yngwie to innovate at all either.

Bfhurricane
December 10th 2010


6197 Comments


Good read, though I'll probably end up downloading this at some point. I reviewed Rising Force with a 5 about six years ago, though I've really grown off the album it's still hard to deny he was outrageously innovative back in the day.

Bfhurricane
December 10th 2010


6197 Comments


and my first double post in years... damn.

PuddlesPuddles
December 10th 2010


4772 Comments


this guy is an ass

KILL
December 10th 2010


71795 Comments


still rockin the leather pants respect

DreamScapeVirus
December 10th 2010


11 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

@Bfhurricane
Yes Yngwie was very "innovative"...unfortunately hes been submitting his original designs to the same crowd for the past 26 years...except now hes become such a parody of himself I'm shocked when I see someone who isn't mocking him...

DreamScapeVirus
December 10th 2010


11 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Alrighty Thanks for the Feedback everybody! And anyone who hates me because I stepped on your "hero" you may enjoy these CLASSIC YNGWIE LYRICS

"Cherokee Warrior, he lost the battle, thats fo sho
But he left something behind,
Cherokee Warrior, I am inspirational!"

Keep the hate coming!

Comatorium.
December 10th 2010


4117 Comments


we get it, you dont like malmsteen, let it the fuck go...

North0House
December 10th 2010


1764 Comments


But look how br00tal the album art is. He'll looking towards the heavens as he's powerchording his axe!

Lol, yeah, this sounds like it sucks.

DreamScapeVirus
December 11th 2010


11 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

@Comatorium
Well at least I know who was the one to NEG my review! Thanks a lot party pooper! Hate is the new thing didn't ya get the memo?

Confessed2005
December 11th 2010


3314 Comments


Yngwie is a massive cunt.

megadeth16
December 24th 2010


50 Comments


I liked the song called Critical Mass, while others are not so much better ..

Yeruko
January 3rd 2011


3 Comments


I think Magnum Opus wasn't bad... It has quite a few pretty good songs. I'll listen to this, but if it is even 10 times as good as the previous one... it will be terrible. Shame, such a good guitarist (and composer!).



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