Yngwie Malmsteen

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About Yngwie Malmsteen

Virtuosic Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen is credited for originating the fleet-fingered neo-classical style that took the heavy metal world by storm in the early '80s. Combining a dazzling technique honed over years of obsessive practice, Malmsteen's distinctively Baroque, gothic compositional style and lightning-fast arpeggiated solos rewrote the book on heavy metal guitar. His debut album, 1984's Rising Force, upped the ante for aspiring hard rock guitarists and proved the major catalyst for the '80s guitar phenomenon known as "shredding." Following a series of personal setbacks, tragedies, and injuries, Malmsteen eventually resurfaced on independent labels and then recorded at a rapid pace, continuing to play the music he loved in his patented neo-classical style well into the next century, with highlights including 2008's Perpetual Flame, 2019's Blue Lightning, and 2021's Parabellum.

Stockholm, Sweden
June 30, 1963

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