Prophetic words - and now it behooves this review to examine the disc in question - "Unleash the Fury"
The Rising Force band has had keyboardist Derek Sherinian replaced by Joakim Svalberg. The other members are Dougie White on vocals and Patrik Johansson on drums.
The first song, "Locked And Loaded", like much of the vocal tracks, has a Judas Priest-style flavor, although evaluating the influence is tantamount to solving the chicken-and-egg problem. the song takes off after the first half, with Yngwie raising the pace and keeping it high.
"Revolution" is an unremarkable song, except of course, when Yngwie takes control at the end - nothing unusual though.
From the outset, "Cracking The Whip" is Yngwie-driven. The vocals, too, stand up to the frenzy in this track, sounding somewhat like "Breaking The Law", and following the same meter.
"Winds Of War (Invasion)" is my favorite song from this album. Beginning with an introspective, gentle tone, every member of the band comes together on this track, from the vocals to the keyboards to the drums, balanced perfectly by Yngwie, who seems to keep pace with the band, rather than the other way round.
"Crown Of Thorns" is a good metal track, and some interesting lyrics.
"Bogeyman" has a different flair to it, a richer sound at a lower octave. Dougie's voice, too, seems different and inspired.
"Beauty And A Beast" returns to familiar territory, with a frenetic guitar-controlled tempo. This song, perhaps, comes closest to his traditional 'dragons, swords and monsters' territory from previous albums.
"Fuguetta" is the first of two JS Bach-inspired pieces on the album. This one, nominally a fugue, is too short to set up and demonstrate the counterpoint necessary for a fugue. All the same, it allows us to experience a different side to Malmsteen, one more in touch with his classical training and passion. His earlier "Concerto" album will be re-released this fall with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.
"Cherokee Warrior" features Yngwie himself providing the vocals, with a richer and more effective voice, perhaps, than Dougie. Apparently Hendrix-inspired.