Yngwie Johann Malmsteen is a highly influential Swedish-American guitarist. His music is the Trope Codifier
of neoclassical metal, and he is considered to be one of the best guitar shredders around.
Yngwie's technique consists of high speed picking and sweep picking in the harmonic minor scale, diminished arpeggios, and phrygian mode.
Along with Eric Clapton
, he was one of the first artists to have a signature guitar released by Fender.
Current backing band:
- Tim "Ripper" Owens: Vocals (2008-present)
- Bjorn Englen: Bass (2008-present)
- Patrick Johansson: Drums (2001-present)
- Nick Marino: Keyboards (2010-present)
- Rising Force (1984)
- Marching Out (1985)
- Trilogy (1986)
- Odyssey (1988)
- Eclipse (1990)
- Fire and Ice (1992)
- The Seventh Sign (1994)
- Magnum Opus (1995)
- Inspiration (1996)
- Facing the Animal (1997)
- Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar and Orchestra in E flat minor Op. 1 (1998)
- Alchemy (1999)
- War to End All Wars (2000)
- Attack!! (2002)
- Unleash the Fury (2005)
- Perpetual Flame (2008)
- Angels of Love (2009)
- Relentless (2010)
- Spellbound (2012)
Tropes that apply to Yngwie Malmsteen.
- All Guitars Are Stratocasters: Up to the Triple-Digits.
- Ascended Meme - After an audio tape of a very-drunk Malmsteen ranting at someone for spilling water on him on an airplane leaked and became popular on the internet, he titled his next album (Unleash the Fury) after the best-known line from the rant. ("You've released the fucking fury!").
- Car Song - "Red Devil"
- Chronological Album Title - Trilogy and The Seventh Sign
- Cluster F-Bomb - The aforementioned rant.
- The Onion referenced this in a sidebar article where Yngwie legally changed his middle name to "Fucking".
- Cover Album - Inspiration
- Flip Flop of God - An instrumental from an instruction video was called "Arpeggios From Hell", later recorded with his band as "Molto Arpeggiosa", and then recorded with the "Arpeggios From Hell" title.
- Heavy Mithril - On occasion.
- I Am the Band - The first few albums were credited to Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force, but he eventually decided to stop pretending that the band wasn't really him and whoever else was around. Granted, the band name was dropped when the Johansson brothers left.
- Spotlight Stealing Character: Joe Lynn Turner tried hard, especially in the videos and live performances. He even wrote the lyrics for an entire album (Odyssey, 1988), although only one other vocalist (Mike Vescera) pulled off such a feat.
- Insufferable Genius: One of the most well-known examples in music as a whole. Some of his former personnel are also known for this, particularly Mike Terrana, if the reason behind his ejection from Rage is any indication.
- It Is Pronounced Ing-VAY
- Jerk Ass: Yeah. Some of his former personnel don't exactly have the best reputations either.
- Large Ham - VERY large. Some band members tried hard, especially Joe Lynn Turner.
- Instrumentals - Most of Rising Force, all of Angels of Love, and plenty of tracks on his other albums as well.
- My Nayme Is - His professional name is derived from one of his own given names (Yngve) and his mother's maiden name (Malmsten). The spellings of both were changed.
- No Pronunciation Guide: It's pronounced Ing-Vay, not Ing-Wee.
- Power Ballad - "Dreaming"
- Power High - The subject of "Rising Force".
- Power Metal - Some of his music falls into this category, and many power metal bands (such as Stratovarius) were influenced by him.
- Prison Riot - The subject of ''Riot in the Dungeons''
- Revolving Door Band