[Neoclassical/Shred] Mark Boals / Ring of Fire (US)
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Former Yngwie J. Malmsteen singer Mark Boals formed his solo band in 1998 after his second stint in Rising Force. Joining his ranks are Planet X guitarist Tony MacAlpine (George Bellas played on the first Ring of Fire album) and drummer Virgil Donati, along with keyboardist Vitalij Kuprij. On the early Ring of Fire albums, former Steve Vai bassist Philip Bynoe was involved musically. Former Stratovarius guitarist and singer Timo Tolkki has been the bassist since then.

Boals has so far released three solo albums, whereas Ring of Fire has released four more on top of that. He does have tons of other albums under his belt, such as Ark Storm's Voyage of the Rage (Katsu Ohta is easily comparable to Malmsteen), but this thread will cover his main projects.

If you liked Trilogy and the other classic Malmsteen albums a lot, then Boals' other musical ventures should be up your alley. If you ask me, MacAlpine completely crushes him musically, as there are always different song ideas which spring into mind. Seems like each consecutive release just kept getting better.


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