Has maestro Yngwie Malmsteen finally unleashed his masterpiece?

Out now: Parabellum finds Swedish guitar wizz Yngwie Malmsteen's artistry raised to its highest level

Yngwie Malmsteen: Parabellum
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This is without doubt the best example yet of Yngwie Malmsteen’s creativity. Everything about Parabellum sees the master guitarist pushing himself further than ever, and the result is a set of accomplished compositions that cements his right to be regarded as one of the era’s most devastating talents. 

The neo-classical inspirations are exposed for all to admire; Malmsteen even cleverly weaves a nod to Paganini into opening track Wolves At The Door

On occasion he also offers respect for Keith Emerson, as he celebrates the late keyboard maestro in the more progressive guitar passages. Four tracks have vocals, and prove that Malmsteen is now at home in front of a microphone. 

However, it’s the symphonic sweep of the music that truly captures the attention. Everything has been carefully crafted to attain maximum impact without any loss of passion, and Parabellum is a stunning work.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.