The "Odyssey" album by YNGWIE J. MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE is a MUST for each fan of STRATOVARIUS, SONATA ARCTICA etc., because here we have the original (ok, almost, if there were not RAINBOW still). The Swedish finder artist could win former RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE singer Joe Lynn Turner for his fourth album. And with the current STRATOVARIUS keyboarder Jens Johansson there was another well known artist in the line-up.
Just compare the two songs "Rising Force" and "Will The Sun Rise?" and you will know, where the Finns took their insane guitar/keyboard duels from. Exactly, from Yngwie. And he had taken them from the DEEP PURPLE dream team Ritchie Blackmore/Jon Lord.
Okay, short talk, long sense: Melodic Metallers, who like the above mentioned bands, have to have the "Odyssey" album, if they do not have it already. Especially after the last two or three very average STRATOVARIUS CDs you will truly value such divine blessings as the measured, highly melodic "Hold On", the mid tempo grenade "Heaven Tonight", which could easily have stood on some VAN HALEN albums, the dramatic breaker "Riot In The Dungeons", the noble Rocker "Crystal Ball" (very old VANDEN PLAS are shining through!) or the fast "Faster Than The Speed Of Light"!!! (Online November 10, 2003)