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The Seventh Sign is the seventh studio album by guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, released on 9 May 1994.[2]

The Seventh Sign
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Studio album by
Released9 May 1994 (1994-05-09)
RecordedNew River Studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
GenreNeoclassical metal, heavy metal, hard rock
Length48:31
LabelMusic for Nations
ProducerYngwie Malmsteen
Yngwie Malmsteen chronology
Fire & Ice
(1992)
The Seventh Sign
(1994)
I Can't Wait
(1994)
Alternative cover
2000 Japanese reissue
2000 Japanese reissue
Alternative cover
2003 remastered edition
2003 remastered edition
Alternative cover
2011 reissue
2011 reissue
Singles from The Seventh Sign
  1. "Forever One" / "Brothers"
    Released: 18 February 1994[1]

Reception and legacyEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [2]

The Seventh Sign reached No. 11 on the Swedish albums chart and No. 47 on the Swiss albums chart, both in 1994.[3] In July 2014, Guitar World magazine placed the album at No. 46 on their "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list.[4]

Steve Huey at AllMusic gave The Seventh Sign three stars out of five, saying that Malmsteen's extensive use of a wah pedal in the style of Jimi Hendrix makes the album "necessary for Malmsteen fans, even though his more neo-classical work (solos, instrumentals, etc.) seems less inspired here." He also heavily criticised the power ballad "Prisoner of Your Love", calling it "downright embarrassing."[2]

Track listingEdit

All music is composed by Yngwie Malmsteen.

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Never Die"MalmsteenMalmsteen3:29
2."I Don't Know"Malmsteen, Michael VesceraMalmsteen3:25
3."Meant to Be"MalmsteenMalmsteen3:52
4."Forever One"MalmsteenMalmsteen4:35
5."Hairtrigger"MalmsteenMalmsteen2:43
6."Brothers"(instrumental)Malmsteen3:47
7."Seventh Sign"MalmsteenMalmsteen6:31
8."Bad Blood"Malmsteen, VesceraMalmsteen4:25
9."Prisoner of Your Love"Amberdawn MalmsteenMalmsteen4:27
10."Pyramid of Cheops"MalmsteenMalmsteen5:10
11."Crash and Burn"Malmsteen, VesceraMalmsteen4:05
12."Sorrow"(instrumental)Malmsteen2:02
Total length:48:31

PersonnelEdit

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label Notes
Europe 9 May 1994[3] Music for Nations
Japan Pony Canyon
Germany 2003 SPV/Steamhammer Remastered
Worldwide 2011 Rising Force Records Reissued (MP3-only)

Chart performanceEdit

Year Chart Position
1994 Swedish albums chart 11[3]
Swiss albums chart 47[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Yngwie Malmsteen – Forever One". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-13.
  2. ^ a b c Huey, Steve. "The Seventh Sign - Yngwie Malmsteen". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-01-13.
  3. ^ a b c d "Yngwie Malmsteen - The Seventh Sign (album)". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-01-13.
  4. ^ Guitar World Staff (2014-07-14). "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994". Guitar World. NewBay Media. Retrieved 2014-07-16.

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