YMMV / Yngwie Malmsteen

  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: His best-selling album in Japan is Fire and Ice from 1992, an album that remained unreleased in the US until 2000. The audiences in Japan kept Malmsteen's career going in the 90s when virtuosity was a swear word elsewhere during the grunge craze. Hell, he even performed his Concerto live with a Japanese philharmonic orchestra. He is big in Japan!
  • Love It or Hate It: One of the most definitive examples among guitarists. While he has garnered praise for his technical proficiency and inspiring guitar players all over the world to practice and excel at the instrument, he also has a certain degree of detractors who claim he represented everything wrong with shred guitar playing by focusing purely on style over substance, guitar wankery over songwriting, etc. His Jerkass attitude certainly doesn't help improve the latter opinion.
  • More Popular Spin-off: Rising Force was supposed to be a side project, but after the success of his debut album, he left Alcatrazz to focus on it.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Malmsteen's band is the first band that Tim Owens didn't form himself whose fans didn't want his head on a platter in the last two decades.
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