Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Stand in Alchemy Tracks

"The stand
Try to understand"

Released November 23, 1999
Recorded 1999
Genre Neo-classical metal
Length 70:26
Label Pony Canyon

Alchemy is by no means Yngwie Malmsteen's best CD, but there are some real gems on here. Most notable songs include, "Leonardo" (the ingenius Latin intro sets the mood for the entire song ), "Blue" (very emotionally driven) , "Legion of the Damned" (in your face Yngwie fury), and "Asylum" (a three part masterpiece), "The Stand" (The Song remains the stand of heavymetal).

All the great Yngwie licks are present, with a few new tricks as well. Fast, furious, and hard rocking - which is all a true Yngwie fan really wants! Although the lyrics at times seem to have been beaten into place with a hammer to fit the rhyme scheme ("The Stand" in particular seems to be a half-written song), they are at times intelligent and catchy - and nearly always fun.

Personnel: Yngwie J. Malmsteen (acoustic & electric guitars, sitar, Moog Taurus pedals, synthesizer, bass, background vocals); Mark Boals (vocals); Barry Dunaway (bass); Mats Olausson (keyboards, background vocals); John Macaluso (drums).

Tracks in Alchemy : Blitzkrieg, Leonardo, Playing With Fire, The Stand, Wield My Sword, Blue, Legion Of The Damned, Deamon Dance (7,405,926), Hangar 18, Area 51, Voodoo Nights, Asylum: I. Asylum, Asylum: II. Sky Euphoria, Asylum: III. Quantum Leap