June 30, 2008

Fan-filmed video footage of legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen and his band performing this past Saturday (June 28) at the Bang Your Head!!! festival in Balingen, Germany can be viewed below (clips uploaded by YouTube user "BensonMadame").

According to HMV Japan, Yngwie Malmsteen will release his new studio album in Japan on August 6. The LP's limited edition will feature the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (fully compatible with standard CD players) plus a bonus DVD containing interviews with Yngwie Malmsteen discussing the songs on the album and more.

Yngwie Malmsteen recently told Guitar World magazine that his forthcoming solo album will feature his strongest lineup ever: Tim "Ripper" Owens (BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) on vocals, Bjorn Englen on bass, Michael Troy on keyboards, and Patrik Johansson on drums. "It's going to come down like a fucking atom bomb!" Malmsteen said. "We've already recorded 39 songs. I went full out. I've got strings from Istanbul, and the drums are the heaviest I've fucking heard. Ripper conveys the lyrics I write like no one else. I'll write something like 'divide and conquer' and when Ripper sings it, it really comes out that way. It's like Sparta!"

A recent interview with Yngwie Malmsteen conducted by Guitar Jam Daily is available for download in two parts: Part#1, Part#2.

"Rising Force":

"I am a Viking":

"Cracking the Whip":

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