Rising Force is the first studio album by Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force, released on 5 March 1984 through Polydor Records. The album reached No. 14 on the Swedish albums chart, No. 60 on the US Billboard 200, and received a nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 1986 Grammy Awards. It is regarded as a seminal release in the shred andneoclassical metal genres.
In a 2009 article by Guitar World magazine, Rising Force was ranked first in the all-time top ten list of shred albums. The staff wrote: "Yngwie J. Malmsteen was, is, and always will be the greatest shredder of all time. Hell, he invented the genre with his 1985 debut."
"Black Star" and "Far Beyond the Sun" have endured as two of Malmsteen's most popular songs, as well as being staples of his live setlist. In a 2008 Guitar World interview, Malmsteen said of the two songs: "I'll probably play 'Far Beyond the Sun' and 'Black Star' until the day I die."
Yngwie Malmsteen – guitar, Moog Taurus, bass, arrangement, production
Jeff Scott Soto – vocals
Jens Johansson – keyboard, harpsichord arrangement (track 7)
Barriemore Barlow – drums
Lester Claypool – engineering
Peter Vargo – engineering