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Yngwie Malmsteen

Formed: 1978
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Yngwie Malmsteen news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Steve Vai Etc. 2nd ‘Generation Axe Tour’ Announced

Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society) Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme,) and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders) team up for a second run of their ‘Generation Axe Tour‘. Bassist Pete Griffin (Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, Dweezil Zappa, etc.), keyboardist Nick Marionovich (Yngwie Malmsteen) and drummer JP Bouvet will join them on the tour as the backing band.

Comments Steve Vai:

“‘The Generation Axe‘ experience goes way beyond simply gathering five guitar greats on one stage to jam. The idea was to create a seamless show with one backing band and 5 completely accomplished and astonishing guitarists that take to the stage in various configurations, performing some of their solo music and merging together as cohesive co-creators of lushly orchestrated guitar extravaganzas. Guitar Jams like this can get really messy when there is no organization and my idea was to create parts for everybody to play in harmony and off each other so it’s not a mess of noise. This worked out remarkably well. There are places where everyone is playing together in wild harmony.”

Below's where that trek will stop: More...

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Max Georgiev Covers Yngwie Malmsteen

Session & touring guitarist Max Georgiev (Escape The Fate, Gemini Syndrome) just released a guitar playthrough cover for “Far Beyond the Sun” originally performed by Yngwie Malmsteen.

Max's debut solo album “Exorcism Chapter One (A Spanish Guitar Odyssey)” is also out now and can be picked up digitally at iTunes.

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Heavy Metal Guitar Cruise Announced

In an age where heavy metal music cruises with high-profile line-ups are becoming a dime a dozen, it’s about time that true guitar pros, gearheads, theorists and hobbyists have a voyage of their own. Imagine a cruise exclusively planned for guitarists and instrumentalists, featuring performances and personal lessons from some of the greatest guitar gods on the planet.

Wake up – you are not dreaming! Prepare to learn from the masters on what fans have dubbed the “shredders cruise:” the 5-day/4-night Axes & Anchors cruise aboard the Carnival Victory, departing from Miami, FL on February 20th, stopping in Key West, FL and Nassau, Bahamas, and docking back in Miami on February 24th.

Witness blazing performances and take lessons directly from world-class rock and metal guitarists including Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker (Scorpions, UFO, MSG), Alex Skolnick (Testament, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Tracii Guns (Guns N’ Roses, LA Guns), Dario Lorina (Black Label Society, Lizzy Borden), and more, all while sailing the high seas and visiting exotic locales.

Passengers can look forward to more than 40 performances, about a dozen free guitar workshops, as well as games and mingling with guitar gods, and more. Alex Skolnick comments: “For generations now, the guitar has remained a source of creativity and symbol of coolness, defying strange musical trends, poor economic forecasts and more, all the while providing a sonic backdrop to good times and bad. I consider it a great honor to be joining Yngwie, Zakk and many other great players as part of Axes & Anchors the very first cruise built around the guitar.”

“This cruise will surely appeal to guitar players who want to take their skills to the next level in this really fun, unique, and immersive setting,” said Ann Squire, co-owner of Axes & Anchors, “Passengers will get to meet their idols and learn from them in between stops at exotic beaches and on-board parties. All of the performers are bringing full bands, and we will be adding some iconic bands to our lineup as well, but as our name implies, the focus now is on guitar-dominated rock.” More...

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Former Yngwie Malmsteen Keyboardist Found Dead

According to the Chaingrai Times, former Yngwie Malmsteen keyboardist Mats Olausson, best known for his work on albums such as "Eclipse," "Seventh Sign" and "Magnum Opus" was found dead in Thailand in a hotel room in downtown Rayong yesterday.

The report from the Chaingrai Times website reads in part: "Pol Maj Gen Chumphon Chanthachamrassil has reported that 54-year-old Swedish Musician Mats Johan Olausson, has been found dead inside a hotel room in downtown Rayong on Thursday afternoon."

It goes on to describe how Olausson was found: "'The body of Mr. Olausson was found on the floor at his Rayong hotel in tambon Tha Pradu,' Pol Maj Gen Chumphon Chanthachamrassil, Chief of Rayong Police, told the Bangkok Post.

"Mats Olausson, wore only shorts and there were seven empty bottles of whisky and empty cans of beer in the room.

"Pol Maj Gen Chumphon Chanthachamrassil said police found no traces of a struggle, and according to a Rayong Hospital Physician his death occurred within 24 hours of his body being found."

Hotel employee Withoon Boonprasert knocked on Olausson's door after he was in the room for several days and never noticed him coming out for meals and never paid for the room. Investigators initially believe that alcohol consumption might be a possible cause of his death, but his body was sent out for a post mortem to determine the actual cause.

Olausson also worked with bands such as Ark, Iron Mask, Lion's Share, Kamelot, Evil Masquerade and more. More...

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Randy Coven Passes Away At 54

Bassist Randy Coven, who has worked with Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Ark, Holy Mother and Vitalij Kuprij, passed away on Tuesday, May 20th. A statement released by the Coven family reads:

"It is with deepest and great sorrow, We must inform you our beloved Randy passed away on Tuesday. Services will be held at Mt Ararat cemetery on Thursday at 1.15pm."

Coven grew up in Long Island, New York around the same period as Vai and Joe Satriani. He later roomed with Vai at Berklee College of Music, before forming the band Morning Thunder. In addition to his work on albums such as Ark's "Burn the Sun" (2001), MCM's "Ritual Factory" (2004), Vitalij Kuprij's "Revenge" (2005) and "Glacial Inferno" (2007) and appearing on Yngwie Malmsteen's "Live in Korea" in 2009, Coven released three solo albums, the latest of which was "Witch Way" in 2002.

Jorn Lande (ex-MasterPlan), who worked with Coven in Ark, posted the following about Coven on his official Facebook page: "My old friend Randy Coven passed away on 20th of May. He was only 54! Unfortunately, I didn't get to hook up with Randy after we worked together some years ago, we were both keeping busy and time just flew by. I'm proud to have known and worked with Randy. He was such a funny and talented man, and his great sense of humor gave us many good laughs. His efforts on the Ark album "Burn the sun" speaks for itself. John, Mats, Tore, Randy and myself really created some magic together. My thoughts go to his family and friends. RIP"

The cause of death has not been revealed. More...

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Sunday Old School: Yngwie Malmsteen

PhotobucketBack in 1982, a young musician from Sweden arrived in California with, as he recollects, 'a toothbrush and a guitar.' Mike Varney, who owned the guitar-hero independent label Shrapnel, had heard a demo of his and wanted to foster his talent. Believing Yngwie Malmsteeen to be the next big thing, Mike wasn't far off in his assertion. Of the multiple guitar prodigies he would have on his label, from David Chastain to Tony MacAlpine, Yngwie was the one who would become the larger-than-life superstar. But, the seeds of Yngwie's talent were sown years earlier, in a place far away.

Yngwie's mother Rigmor gave him a guitar on his fifth birthday. His family was the musical sort and his sister Ann Louise played the flute. Malmsteen's true calling came a couple of years later in 1970 when he was watching a TV special on the death of Jimi Hendrix. That guitar legend's playing connected with Yngwie in such a way that he knew that wielding an axe would become his life's destiny. From that day on, Yngwie Malmsteen the guitar shredder was born. More...

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Yngwie Malmsteen Details New LP "Spellbound"

Guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen announced that his new Rising Force LP will be entitled "Spellbound" and will be released on December 5, 2012 via Epic Records. For the release, Malmsteen will also handle the lead vocals, replacing Tim "Ripper" Owens, who performed on the 2010 LP "Relentless." Audio samples for the album are available through Amazon over at this location.

The track listing for "Spellbound" is as follows:

1. Spellbound
2. High Compression Figure
3. Let's Sleeping Dog Lie
4. Repent
5. Majestic 12 Suite 1,2 & 3
6. Electric Duet
7. Nasca Lines
8. Poisoned Mind
9. God Of War
10. Iron Blues
11. Turbo Amadeus
12. From A Thousand Cuts?
13. Requiem For The Lost More...

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Deicide, Cynic Drummers To Appear At Drum Festival

It has been announced that Steve Asheim of Deicide and Sean Reinert of Cynic will perform at the 2011 edition of the Titans Of The Throne festival. The drum specific festival will also include performances from Malevolent Creation drummer Gus Rios and Patrick Johansson. "Titans Of The Throne" will be taking place on January 21, 2011 at Hooligans Live in Boca Raton, Florida and will be presented by Sick Drummer Magazine.

For more information you can visit www.titansofthethrone.com.

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Yngwie Malmsteen Posts "Relentless" Track Listing

Iconic neoclassical guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen has revealed the track listing for his latest album "Relentless," set to hit streets November 23. The album is being released via Malmsteen's own Rising Force Records, and will feature vocal performances by Tim "Ripper" Owens of Judas Priest and Iced Earth.

Of the new album, Malmsteen commented "The album title really says it all. The drive to surpass my own accomplishments can best be described with one word - relentless. After all these years of composing and playing music, I still am passionate about pushing myself to the limit - to the highest, most demanding level of playing possible."

The track listing is as follows: More...

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Adagio Announces New Singer To Tour With Kamelot

Adagio has announced that Swedish singer Mats Levén (Ex Malmsteen/Thérion) will join Adagio for their upcoming European tour in support to Kamelot.

Stéphan comments, "Mats is an incredible singer and performer, with a tremendous technique. His unique tone, both aggressive and melodic, fits Adagio's music wondefully. So, we're very much looking forward to meeting all of you guys next month on the tour with Kamelot.....We're fuckin' impatient to share a dark musical moment with you!"

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Sandalinas Posts Unreleased Music Online

Spanish metal band SANDALINAS has posted two unreleased tracks on their MySpace page.

"Battlefield Blues" is a track that belongs to the recording sessions of SANDALINAS first album called "Living on the Edge" (2005) as signed by current Firewind's singer Apollo Papathanasio. Gus G, guitarrist for Firewind is the new new Ozzy Osbourne's axe man.

The folowing track, which features current SANDALINAS singer, Rick Altzi (At Vance and Frequency), is called "No Matter What" which is a version of the so-called track as featured on SANDALINAS second CD "Fly to the Sun" (2008), edited by Metal Heaven Records. Also drummer Patrick Johanson (Yngwie Malmsteen) and bassist Mick Cervino (Yngwie Malmsteen, G3) are also featured in that track apart from SANDALINAS main man, Jordi Sandalinas. More...

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Tim "Ripper" Owens To Appear On Avantasia Album

Tim "Ripper" Owens, vocalist of Yngwie Malmsteen's band and former Judas Priest voice, has recently been in the studio to sing his parts for the forthcoming Avantasia album, whose title is yet to be announced.

Tobias Sammet of Avantasia issued the following statement about the colloboration:

"I had this pretty heavy riff monster and I remembered a Judas Priest live-album with 'the new singer' on vocals. I listened again and when I heard him sing 'Metal Gods' and 'Painkiller' I knew that this was the voice I so desperately needed for the song. Tim is a cool guy and a scream machine. He makes his voice spit out the most aggressive high notes I have ever heard, while fully controlling it. I am so proud of the heaviest Metal tune I have written so far, and Tim has turned a good Heavy Metal song into the ultimate Heavy Metal Monster!"

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"Rock Band: Metal Track Pack" Details Revealed

A standalone metal-themed track pack for the "Rock Band" videogame series will be released on October 13th. The outing, dubbed "Rock Band: Metal Track Pack," will see a release at retail stores on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2 and Wii and will feature the following track listing:

1. All That Remains - "Two Weeks"
2. At the Gates - "Blinded By Fear"
3. Black Tide - "Shockwave"
4. Blue Oyster Cult - "Transmaniacon MC"
5. Bullet For My Valentine - "Waking the Demon"
6. Children of Bodom - "Are You Dead Yet?"
7. Evile - "Thrasher"
8. Godsmack - "I Stand Alone"
9. The Haunted - "D.O.A."
10. Hawkwind - "Master Of The Universe"
11. I Mother Earth - "Levitate"
12. In This Moment - "Forever"
13. Judas Priest - "Screaming for Vengeance"
14. Lacuna Coil - "Closer"
15. Lamb Of God - "Laid to Rest"
16. Motorhead - "Killed by Death"
17. Nazareth - "Hair Of the Dog"
18. Queens of the Stone Age - "3's & 7's"
19. Rage Against The Machine - "Bulls On Parade"
20. Yngwie Malmsteen - "Red Devil"

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Yngwie Malmsteen to Appear for Marshall Amps

On Saturday, July 11th, Yngwie Malmsteen will make an exclusive appearance and participating in a clinic (the meaning of what this "clinic" truly is has not been clarified) at Guitarfest 2009 for Marshall amps. Other musicians who will be participating at the festival are as follows:

Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple)
Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson)
Stone Gods
Doug Wimbish (Living Colour)
Jerry Donahue (The Yardbirds)
Sarah Jory (Van Morrison)

For more info, visit Guitarfest's website.

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Fool's Game Readies New Album, "Reality Divine"

CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC has announced the release of FOOL'S GAME's debut album, “Reality Divine,” in September 2009.

FOOL’S GAME is the brain-child of guitarist/song-writer MATT CROOKS, pursuing new musical experiences after leaving his previous band DIVISION.

To carry on this project, Crooks recruited some excellent musicians among the ranks of his friends, and so FOOL’S GAME was born with the participation of MATT JOHNSEN (PHARAOH, guitars), LARS F. LARSEN (MANTICORA, vocals), JOHN MACALUSO (STARBREAKER, ex YNGWIE, ex ARK, drums) and NICK VAN DYK (REDEMPTION, keyboards).

The music of FOOL'S GAME is best described as a modern Judas Priest, mixed with an old-fashioned Iced Earth. Add a bit of each of the bands, the members have represented earlier on or are still part of, and you have a dark, thrashy, melodic power metal album.

Here is the "Reality Divine" tracklisting:

Mass Psychosis
When The Beginning Meets The End
Sowing Dead Seeds
As the Field Of Dreams Was Abandoned
The Conqueror Worm
Prelude To The Fair
She Moved Through The Fair
The Wild Swans At Coole
On Endless Planes Of Ignorance

You can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.

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Koch Signs Distro Deal with Rising Force Records

KOCH Entertainment Distribution announced today that it has signed an exclusive physical and digital distribution deal with Rising Force Records and its flagship artist neo-classical metal guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen.

Rising Force Records was launched in 2008 with the primary function to release and market new and back catalogue material from the world renowned guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen as well as signing new talent. The first title slated for release is "Perpetual Flame," a brand new recording from Malmsteen featuring ex-Judas Priest/Iced Earth singer Tim 'Ripper' Owens to be released via KOCH on October 14th. Additional titles and release dates will be announced by the label at a later date.

"I am truly excited that Rising Force records will be distributed via KOCH, and with our brand new release "Perpetual Flame" as well as future releases of back catalogue materials, this is a very important and exciting relationship," comments Yngwie Malmsteen.

"We're thrilled to have the opportunity to shred with Yngwie on the launch of Rising Force Records," added Michael Rosenberg, President of KOCH Entertainment Distribution.

2008 is turning out to be one of the busiest years of Yngwie's career. In addition to the release of his forthcoming new album, he will be inducted into Hollywood's Rock Walk on October 13th, a new Fender/Yngwie Malmsteen custom shop guitar will be unveiled later in the year (with a limited run of 100 instruments) and there will be a slew of CD reissues of Yngwie classics. All the while, the accolades continue to pour in: 'Roadie Crew Magazine' organized a poll in which 330 respected rock guitarists were asked to vote for their favorite guitarist of all-time. Yngwie checked in at a lofty number 3 – behind fellow legends Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen.

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Yngwie Malmsteen Announces New Album Release Date

Yngwie Malmsteen has announced that his new album, "Perpetual Flam" will receiver a release date of October 14th. This will mark the first Malmsteen album to feature the vocal talents of ex-Judas Priest/Iced Earth singer Tim "Ripper" Owens.

The tracklisting for "Perpetual Flame" is as follows:

1. Death Dealer
2. Damnation Game
3. Live to Fight (Another Day)
4. Red Devil
5. Four Horsemen (Of the Apocalypse)
6. Priest of the Unholy
7. Be Careful What You Wish For
8. Caprici Di Diablo
9. Lament
10. Magic City
11. Eleventh Hour
12. Heavy Heart

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Violent Storm Announces New Lineup

VIOLENT STORM, the band formed by ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/BLACKMORE'S NIGHT bassist Mick Cervino, has announced its new lineup which will be featured in the group's upcoming video. It is as follows:

Mick Cervino- Bass
Craig Swyger - Vocals
Dorian Vaz - Guitar
Rod Valente - Drums

VIOLENT STORM's latest album, "Storm Warning" was produced by JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing (his first production credit outside of PRIEST), and features guest appearances by Downing, Malmsteen and Roy Z (HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON). The CD was released in the U.S. on July 17, 2007 via Gold Storm Records.

An October 2006 interview with Downing conducted by "Pandora's Rock Box" for U.K.'s Radio Caroline station about about his involvement with VIOLENT STORM is available for download in MP3 format at this location.

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Amaseffer Sign With InsideOut Music

AMASEFFER, the "holy project" featuring guest appearances by Mats Levén (KRUX, ex-THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Angela Gossow (ARCH ENEMY) and Kobi Farhi (ORPHANED LAND), has inked a deal with InsideOut Music. The group's debut album, entitled "Slaves for Life" is the first in a trilogy about the history of the people of Israel as portrayed in the Old Testament.

Hanan Avramovich (guitars), Yuval Kramer (guitars) and Erez Yohanan (drums) offer a unique mixture of progressive metal and epic Middle East-influenced orchestral film score parts played by a full symphony orchestra. All lead vocals were sung by Levén.

The album was recorded and mixed by Markus Teske (VANDEN PLAS, ABYDOS) and the artwork was created by Mattias Norén (EVERGREY, KAMELOT, EPICA). More...

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Yngwie Malmsteen Announce More European Tour Dates

Legendary Swedish guitarist YNGWIE MALMSTEEN has scheduled the following dates:

June 27 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Metal Meeting
June 28 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head!!!
June 29 - Bologna, Italy - Gods Of Metal
July 07 - Oxford, UK - Carling Academy
July 08 - Bristol, UK - Carling Academy
July 09 - Glasgow, UK - Carling Academy
July 10 - Birmingham, UK - Carling Academy
July 11 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
July 12 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Academy 2
July 13 - Sheffield, UK - Carling Academy
July 14 - Newcastle, UK - Carling Academy
July 16 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Trädgårn
July 17 - Stockholm, Sweden - Berns
July 19 - Vaasa, Finland - Rockperry Festival

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