Falconer - Falconer

Falconer - Falconer
Release Date:
May 8, 2001
Duration:
51:44
Artist:
Recording Date:
November, 2000
Recording Location:
Los Angered Recordings
Styles:
Heavy Metal, Power Metal
Album:
Falconer
Genre:

Two of Falconer's three members are alumni of Swedish black/Viking metal outfit Mithotyn, but Falconer is a lot more than merely Mithotyn Mark 2. The self-titled debut boasts a more pronounced power metal slant and displaces the mother-band's dark Nordicisms in favor of touches of Celtic folk. At times this makes Falconer sound like Jethro Tull gone heavy metal, but when they let rip, their compact, thunderous attack, strong melodic sense, sense of drama, and Matthias Blad's distinctive vocals (pitched lower than you'd expect for a work in this genre) are a force of nature. Lyrically Falconer is about what you'd expect from an album which has a horseback rider straight out of Tolkien on its sleeve: dungeons and dragons and sword and sorcery. But then you don't listen to Falconer for their lyrics. When the Iron Maiden-gone-bonkers majesty of "Heresy in Disguise," "Mindtraveller," and "Entering Eternity" kicks in, Falconer can sound better than just about anyone else in their weight category.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Upon the Grave of Guilt / Stefan WeinerhallFalconer4:57
Heresy in Disguise / Stefan WeinerhallFalconer5:19
Wings of Serenity / Stefan WeinerhallFalconer5:00
A Quest for the Crown / Stefan WeinerhallFalconer4:14
Mindtraveller / Stefan WeinerhallFalconer5:45
Entering Eternity / Stefan WeinerhallFalconer5:14
Royal Galley / Stefan WeinerhallFalconer4:16
Substitutional World / Stefan WeinerhallFalconer7:42
Lord of the Blacksmith / Stefan WeinerhallFalconer4:43
The Past Still Lives On / Stefan WeinerhallFalconer4:34

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