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Falconer - Among Beggars And Thieves

Published September 02 2008

=Staff's pick

Field Of Sorrow
Man Of The Hour*
A Beggar Hero
Carnival Of Disgust
Mountain Men
Viddernas Man
Pale Light Of Silver Moon*
Boiling Led*
Dark Ages (Bonus Track)
Skula Skorpa, Skalk
Dreams And Pyres*
Vi Sålde Våra Hemman (bonus track)

Genre Power/Folk Metal
Mathias Blad
Tracks 13
Stefan Weinerhall
Runningtime 49 Min.
Jimmy Hedlund
Label Metal Blade
Magnus Linhardt
Release 29 August 2008
Karsten Larsson
Country Sweden
Stefan Weinerhall
Similar artists Mithotyn, Skiltron, Lunarium

Inscribing another chapter in the veil forlorn, the Man Of The Hour - Stefan Weinerhall, and his merry band of beggars and thieves return with yet another emotional cry, championing the grime and grandeur of Ancient Sweden.

Any fan of the band won't be disappointed with the morbid abundance of fast and folk-based melodies. In fact, Among Beggars And Thieves is very reminiscient of the first two releases.

Following in the tradition of keeping songs sung in the native Swedish tongue, like that of Northwind, three more songs are reserved for this homage (four, if you purchase the special European edition). These Swedish melodies also echo a hint of Stefan's former mage, with Mithotyn accolades haunting from a distant forest and "Fields Of Sorrow".

Every song stands on it's own, but some are just average like Mountain Men. I must mention the ambitious Dreams And Pyres with enchanting vocals by Evelyn Jons. This bombastic orchestral entourage dispells the burning times, replete with magic and majesty. Fans of classic Nightwish and Theatre Of Tragedy, nota bene!

Pale Light Of Silver Moon is a real burner in the Mindtraveller mode. The cover art by Jan Meininghaus can all be epitomized by this very track. The following number, Boiling Led, the only song penned by Mathias Blad, is also quite enticing in the Upon The Grave Of Guilt guise.

The Child Of The Wild, himself seems to have a penchant for maritime tradition, not to mention early Running Wild riffs. This is again expressed in waves by such turnabouts like Man Of The Hour. Lyrically, Stefan has dug deep into his ancestral soul to explicate the misprints of the povery line, and "The Carnival Of Disgust".

So, invest in the new Falconer, enjoy the decadence of dignity, sound the clarion call, brandish the sceptre of belief, and prevail among beggars and thieves.

***Newcomers to the melodic Folk/Power Metal milieu, who might have read my Lunarium review, I encourage you to discover Falconer, and their ilk of humane mindedness.

See also review of: Black Moon Rising , Northwind , Grime Vs. Grandeur , The Sceptre Of Deception , Chapters From A Vale Forlorn , Falconer
See also: interview with Stefan Weinerhall
See also: Song By Song Commentary








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