During a recent conversation on SiriusXM’s ‘Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,’ the Swedish guitarist, songwriter, and composer, Yngwie Malmsteen, talked about his upcoming album ‘Parabellum‘ and discussed how it’s different from his previous albums while drawing on how the ongoing pandemic affected the creative process.
With a career that spans over four decades, Malmsteen is still as active in the metal scene as he was when he first started climbing the ladder of fame in the ’80s. In his recent conversation with Eddie Trunk, Malmsteen talked about his upcoming 22nd solo studio album and announced that it will be released in July.
In the interview, he said that the pandemic really affected his creative process, as in the past, he would go to the studio to record for a couple of weeks and then hit the road to perform. However, not being able to tour for the past year, enabled him to concentrate on his new album and manage to ‘go completely crazy in the direction’ that he wanted to go towards.
Malmsteen said that in comparison to his previous albums, this one is more extreme and has ‘more of everything.’ He stated that although he has a very specific style and people will definitely know that it’s his work, it will still be different because it was made in a different way. Malmsteen explained this by saying that he ‘immersed’ himself in the writing and recording of this album and said that his fans will definitely spot something different.
Here’s what Yngwie Malmsteen said in the interview:
“The thing is, the last few years — 10, 15 years or so, at least — I made records, but I made them, like, I go on the road and I go in the studio for maybe a week, and then I stop and I go on the road. Which is not a bad thing, mind you — that’s actually a pretty good thing. But the last time I remember being this intense, I think, was ‘Trilogy’.
It’s not only recording — it’s writing too. It’s the writing process, it’s the arrangement — it’s everything. And I did go completely crazy in the direction… Everybody knows me for the classical thing, and it’s very much that. We’ll see how people react to it, but I listened to it just the other day after staying away from it a little bit. It’s pretty extreme. I go faster than ever, there’s more of everything…”
He went on to say:
“I really enjoy it. I think it’s a little different in that it’s made in a different way because I was extremely immersed in this as far as writing and recording and arranging for such a long time that I think it might be a little different end result. But everybody’s gonna know who it is.”
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