Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force – Perpetual Flame (2008)
What do you think’s gonna happen when you team up one of the finest vocalists in metal with one of the finest shredders on the planet? A neo-classical monster of a modern shred album, that’s what!
We’re not in the business of bad-mouthing other, equally-talented, vocalists but as far as fronting Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force is concerned, the “Ripper” practically wiped the floor with the formidable likes of Joe Lynn Turner, Jeff Scott Soto, Göran Edman, Michael Vescera, Mark Boals, Doogie White, Mats Levén and Malmsteen himself!
With Owens’ ridiculous range proving itself to be the equal of Malmsteen’s guitar heroics, Rising Force sounded renewed and rejuvenated; ‘Ripper’ blatantly bringing new life to what was a spent force. With a voice as dexterous (and aggressive) as Owens’ at his disposal, Yngwie was able to draw from a broader musical palette and the likes of thunderous opener “Death Dealer” and the shred-heavy “Red Devil” clearly benefitted from having such a formidable weapon in its arsenal.
Conjuring visions of the middle ages in metal form, the superhuman Swedish six-string wizard that is Yngwie Malmsteen had found his muse….and Tim “Ripper” Owens was his name.
With Perpetual Flame, Yngwie released an absolute ripper!
Also recommended: Tim Owens also lends his pipes to Malmsteen’s Relentless, an album that almost hits the highs of Perpetual Flame.