Great Metal Albums of 1985: Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force- Marching Out


Yngwie Malmsteen’s debut album, “Rising Force” wasn’t the blockbuster that Ratt’s “Invasion of Your Privacy” was. Still Yngwie’s debut caught enough attention that many, like me, were very interested to hear what his second album would sound like. While, unlike Ratt, there wasn’t the pressure on him to deliver an album as great as the first, that might have been a good thing because the second album, “Marching Out” is better than the debut because Yngwie doesn’t have to ‘play it safe’ and stretches out much more.

“Rising Force” mainly focused on the great guitar playing of Yngwie Malmsteen with all but two songs being guitar instrumentals. It is nearly the reverse on “Marching Out” where just three of the songs are such while the majority of the album is more of a traditional format. This is a very good thing because we get more of Jeff Scott Soto’s excellent vocals. When I made my post on underrated musicians two years ago, Jeff Scott was definitely in my top five when deciding on the vocalist.

The guitar instrumentals are very strategically well placed on “Marching Out.” On cassette and vinyl, one of them opens each side of the record and the third, the title cut, is the album closer. That frees up all the other songs to go in between. Right after the acoustic instrumental opener, “Prelude,” comes the single from the album, “I See the Light Tonight” and that sets the pace for the rest of the album. It stamps its foot and lets you know that this album is going to be different.

Songs on the album vary from classical sounding what would later be known as progressive metal to straight forward power metal tunes. The single and its successor, “Don’t Let It End” are great powerful tunes making use of Yngwie’s guitar and Solo’s vocals. (I was tempted to write Solo’s solos.) “Disciples of Hell” starts out as if it’s going to be an acoustic instrumental but then explodes into a power rocker with a great classically sounding guitar solo. After which comes my all time favourite Yngwie Malmsteen song, “I’m a Viking.” It is more of a progressive rock songs and it has been slated for juvenile sounding lyrics but I love them. I mean who can’t find amusement in lyrics such as: “I am a viking, I’ll walk all over you and by my sword you will die.” I also love the power behind the lyrics from both Soto and Malmsteen and it is a great guitar solo. Side one is absolutely brilliant.

Side two of “Marching Out” doesn’t slack off either. Yes, it opens with an instrumental reminiscent of “Rising Force” but that only sets the tone for the rest of the album. Maybe Yngwie just wanted to let people know he still produced the guitar magic. That magic continues on the intro of “Anguish and Fear” before it becomes a cool power rocker and proves once and for all that Yngwie can play great solos on traditional metal tunes. That power only increases on “On the Run Again.” Again, some criticize the supposedly juvenile lyrics because the song is about a man on the run from the law but they are okay with me.  After that is the more progressive sounding “Soldier Without Faith.” Jens Johansson starts things off well with the keyboards here before Yngwie’s guitar work comes in. It reminds me a lot of “As Above, So Below” from the debut album but it’s not a carbon copy and is unique in its own right. The penultimate track, “Caught in the Middle” is a power rocker but has a cool keyboard solo form Jens. It leads great to the closing instrumental which gives you time to reflect on what a great album “Marching Out” really is.

Constantly singing the praises of Yngwie and Jeff Scott, it’s easy to overlook the contributions from the other three musicians on the album. The keyboards of Jens Johansson don’t appear as much on the second album but are excellent where they do appear. Also, on “Marching Out,” Yngwie handed over the bass duties to Marcel Jacob who, along with drummer Anders Johansson, make a very powerful rhythm section. They make singer and guitarist sound that much better.

Track Listing:

  1. Prelude
  2. I See the Light Tonight
  3. Don’t Let It End
  4. Disciples of Hell
  5. I’m a Viking
  6. Overture 1383
  7. Anguish and Fear
  8. On the Run Again
  9. Soldiers Without Faith
  10. Caught in the Middle
  11. Marching Out

Yngwie Malmsteen

Yngwie Malmsteen- guitar, backing vocals, Moog Taurus

Jeff Scott Soto- vocals

Jens Johansson- keyboards

Marcel Jacob- bass

Anders Johansson- drums

“Marching Out” for me was a progression from the debut “Rising Force” album because it showed that Yngwie could do more than just solo his way through an album. Although he does solo very well. The sad thing was that soon after, he and Soto would part company which is a shame because they did work well here. Then again, I have heard lots of reports on how Yngwie doesn’t play nice with others. That’s something for me to explore further.

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13 Responses to “Great Metal Albums of 1985: Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force- Marching Out”

  1. I didn’t realize Marcel was the bass player. I guess this where Jeff and Marcel got together and later formed the fantastic band Talisman. Love those guys. I hate Marcel has passed and we won’t get anymore from those two.

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  2. This album is the dog’s bollocks.

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  3. I was always put off by the fact he was such a knob in interviews, I’m only just catching up now.

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  4. I don’t know much of his stuff… just this and Trilogy, really… but I like them both. This one maybe more than Trilogy.

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  5. I don’t have this one. I do prefer Soto to Boals.

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  6. Some of the songs on this YM LP remind me of Michael Schenker.

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