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Massive Metal Monday: Alcatrazz “Hiroshima Mon Amour”
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Alcatrazz Band Photo with Yngwie

Alcatrazz was designed to be a vehicle for showcasing former Rainbow vocalist Graham Bonnet. Instead it ended up being famous for being a springboard for some of shred guitar’s biggest superstars. The band’s first guitarist was a 19-year-old Swedish upstart by the name of Yngwie Malmsteen. With the support of MTV, who played both singles from the band’s 1983 debut album No Parole From Rock N Roll in fairly heavy rotation, Malmsteen would become a superstar and forever revolutionize what it meant to be a guitar hero. Unfortunately, Malmsteen and Bonnet did not see eye to eye for very long and the guitarist would exit the band before the end of the first album’s tour cycle. He would go on to form his own band, Rising Force, and within the span of a year record two of the greatest neo-classical heavy metal guitar records to ever exist.

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Massive Metal Monday: ‘I Am A Viking’ by Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force
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Yngwie Malmsteen

“I Am A Viking” is the fifth track from Marching Out, the second album by Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen and his band Rising Force. The track features the vocals of the legendary front man Jeff Scott Soto. This video was filmed live in Japan during Rising Force’s 1985 tour.

Watch the Video here below.

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Guitar Virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen To Release Autobiography In May
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Yngwie Malmsteen

Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen, who is best known for his flamboyant and over the top approach to his guitar playing, which combines elements of classical compositions with a blinding speed and a healthy [unhealthy?] dose of ego which helped made his genre – heavy metal – and him rather legendary in the 1980s, is releasing his autobiography entitled Relentless: The Memoir on May 21, 2013.

The book’s official description reads as follows:

Yngwie Malmsteen’s revolutionary guitar style — combining elements of classical music with the speed and volume of heavy metal — made him a staple of the ’80s rock scene. Decades later, he’s still a legend among guitarists, having sold 11 million albums and influenced generations of rockers since. In ‘Relentless,’ Malmsteen shares his personal story, from the moment he burst onto the scene seemingly out of nowhere in the early ’80s to become a household name in the annals of heavy metal. Along the way, he talks about his first bands, going solo, his songwriting and recording process, and the seedy side of the rock business.
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Music Deal: Early Yngwie Malmsteen Albums For Under $6 Each
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Yngwie Malmsteen Trilogy

Right now, the first three albums from Yngwie Malmsteen, the Swedish guitar virtuoso whose perfect blending of classical guitar and heavy metal made him a musical icon and guitar hero in the 1980s, are on sale for under $6 each (in CD and MP3 formats). All the listed CDs are “AutoRip,” which means if you purchase the CD, you’ll ALSO get the MP3 download for FREE. I’ve also included for each album the release date and some of its noteworthy tunes. If you want just a taste of what Malmsteen has to offer, just watch the video here below and be prepared to be blown away.

Rising Force (1984)
CD $3.99 | MP3 $5.00
Black Star, Icarus Dream Suite Opus 4, Now Your Ships Are Burned

Marching Out (1985)
CD $5.99 | MP3 $9.49*
I’ll See The Light Tonight, I Am A Viking, Don’t Let It End

Trilogy (1986)
CD $5.99 | MP3 $5.00
You Don’t Remember, I’ll Never Forget, Queen In Love, Fire

If you’re looking for more music deals, be sure to check out the 2,000 albums on sale right now for only $5 each in MP3 format.

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Interview: Ex-Deep Purple and Rainbow Singer Joe Lynn Turner
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Joe Lynn TurnerFrom Fandango to Purple, from Rainbow to Yngwie – the king of AOR lead vocalists Joe Lynn Turner has done it all. But he never chooses the easy route.

I grabbed the great man for an extensive chat about projects past and present including his time spent with notorious guitarist Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow and Deep Purple, his history with current blues master Joe Bonamassa, and ‘crazy’ six-string virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen.

Tuner’s most recent album, Emotional Fire, with his Sunstorm project has been on the receiving end of some extremely positive reviews. This seemed like a good place to start.

Geeks of Doom: First of all, you’ve had so much great feedback for the Emotional Fire album you must be really pleased.

Joe Lynn Turner: Well not only am I pleased, I’m very surprised. I’d like to preface this by saying I didn’t have any chance to put any of my old material on it. Usually [on albums with] Sunstorm I’ve got three to five songs on it of old material that has never been recorded. I was in Turkey at the time for like a month down in Antalya and I had no hard drive with me, I just had this little mini computer so I told Serafino [Perugino, album executive producer] ‘I really can’t get to any of my material.’…He went around in search of material [and] came up with the two Michael Bolton’s and the Cher [songs], which I sang backgrounds on [originally], God only knows how long ago that was.

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Watch Fender’s ‘A Strat Is Born’ Film Showing How The Stratocaster Is Made
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Fender A Strat Is Born Stratocaster

Fender has posted a new short film called A Strat is Born, which takes you on a quick journey showing how their popular Stratocaster guitar is made.

You can watch the 4-minute video here below.

Unlike most “how its made” videos, this one has no narration, no puns, no interviews — instead, it’s quick clips along the assembly line at Fender’s U.S. manufacturing facility in Corona, CA, all to a booming score by Wayne Kramer, guitarist of the MC5.

While the Stratocaster is made in a factory, this video shows that its not all heavy machinery doing the work, as there’s a lot of hand craftsmanship going on here. Being a fan of the Strat myself, I loved getting an inside look into how this guitar is made, although, I must admit, I was a bit disappointed that Yngwie Malmsteen was not at the end of the assembly line scalloping the fretboards.

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Geek Art: ‘Guitar Lessons’ Features 35 Rock Guitar Greats
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Guitar Lessons

Artist Maxim Dalton has created a new illustration called “Guitar Lessons” which features 35 rock guitar greats.

Dalton plans to offer up posters for this, and that there will be 50 hand-signed and numbered giclée prints at 19 x 25 inches. The cost will be around $40, plus $11 shipping for the U.S. and Europe. Visit the artist’s site for an up-close look at each guitarist, and to reserve a limited edition print.

Here’s a list of all the guitarists in the illustration…

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Watch Now: Guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen On ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’
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Guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen

Legendary guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen joined the musical group The Roots on Thursday’s episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

The guitarist shreds his way through the entire episode, which you can watch here below.

Malmsteen was on the show promoting his latest album Relentless, which was released this past November; he’s also on the cover of this month’s Guitar Player magazine.

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Hard Rock And Metal Icons Join Forces With Russian Band ‘Pushking’ To Release Epic Album
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The World As We Love ItRussian band Pushking have joined forces with an onslaught of major musicians and vocalists from heavy metal and hard rock to create an impressive line-up on a collaborative album. The release has been titled The World as We Love It, and compiles 19 re-recorded songs from Pushking’s past efforts, with special guests ranging from Paul Stanley (KISS) and Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) to Alice Cooper and Steve Vai!

If you think those four guests listed above is enough, think again. Check out the track listing and the guests on each song by continuing on below.

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