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Falconer - Falconer

=Staff's pick

Upon The Grave Of Guilt*
Heresy In Disguise
Wings Of Serenity*
A Quest For The Crown
Entering Eternity
Royal Galley*
Substitutional World
Lord Of The Blacksmiths
The Past Still Lives On

Genre Power Metal
Mathias Blad
Tracks 12
Stefan Weinerhall
Runningtime 52 Min.
Label Metal Blade
Stefan Weinerhall
Release 01 Feb. 2000
Karsten Larsson
Country Sweden
Mathias Blad
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Sweden has come to be like Italy when it comes to being the home of many great up-and comers in the metal genre. Falconer is yet another in a long row of great bands coming out from Sweden nowadays and in my opinion one of the very best. This is traditional power metal with the usual ingredients minus perhaps a few great solos but since the band's just getting started I'm sure that it will come. The guitars are still very pounding, rhythmic and "metalish" with great riffs in intros and during the verses and choruses. The vocals are very good and isn't of the somewhat too common high-pitch which is a fact I really like and gives Falconer a sound of their own.

Hence, this is plain and simply ordinary power metal but with great individuality. Some riffs might have a touch of Running Wild to them and a track named Royal Galley might give you some ideas in that department. But there's where it ends. The overall sound's got nothing to with their German colleges whatsoever and Falconer is absolutely NO Running Wild copy-cat! I just wanted to make that very clear.

The songs on the album are great from beginning to the end, which means the usual intro, verse, chorus and interlude stuff. In other words, there's just not a single bad track. So besides the solo-aspect is this a perfect metal album then? With a somewhat better production it very well could have been so. Don't get me wrong here though. It is a good production but it feels a bit too… Well I don't really know how to express this but the words "simple" and somewhat "without nuances" might give you some ideas of what I mean.

But besides this I just love Falconer and that's got nothing to do with patriotism or something like that, but just pure and sincere appreciation of these guys' work. Falconer is really something you should check out if you haven't so far and I'm positive you will like them too. It's really great to hear debut-albums like this one and from this point it could only get better.

See also review of: Black Moon Rising , Among Beggars And Thieves , Northwind , Grime vs. Grandeur , The Sceptre Of Deception , Chapters From A Vale Forlorn






8 chalices of 10 - Mat

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