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Falconer - Northwind (7,5/10) - Sweden - 2006

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records
Playing time: 54:50
Band homepage: Falconer

Tracklist:

  1. Northwind >mp3
  2. Waltz With The Dead
  3. Spirit Of The Hawk
  4. Legend And The Lore
  5. Catch The Shadows
  6. Tower Of The Queen
  7. Long Gone By
  8. Perjury And Sanctity
  9. Fairyland Fanfare
  10. Himmel Så Trind
  11. Blinded
  12. Delusion
  13. Home Of The Knave
  14. Black Tarn
Falconer - Northwind

I reckon still one of Sweden’s best kept Metal secrets the mighty FALCONER return with original vocalist Mathias Blad keen to impress with their own brand Folk/Power/Battle call-it-what-you-will-Metal. Let’s be honest the previous two FALCONER albums paled against their excellent first offering. Don’t get me wrong they provided some stirring fist in the air Metal but they’ve yet to write better than “Lord Of The Blacksmiths” and the change of vocalist probably didn’t help but with Blad back on board the Swedes have renewed purpose and renewed spirits.

 

With an instantly identifiable sound FALCONER is a rare breed in the Power Metal genre. Combining surging heavy riffs with distinct Folk/Renaissance/Medieval influences and not too little melody these Swedes cut a figure head path through the maelstrom of Euro Power Metal. Of course having the pipes of Blad back has bolstered the signature FALCONER sound and I can’t help but feel that if a certain Mr Blackmore was to return to more electric ways then the FALCONER sound would be directly in his headlights. Aside from that quip the likes of the “Northwind”, “Waltz With The Dead” and “Catch The Shadows” all add to the fine legacy of contemporary soaring melodic Power Metal that FALCONER excel at.

 

Production wise “Northwind” can’t be faulted. The guitar sound is excellent as is the use of their native tongue in “Himmel Så Trind” and although the band is not re-inventing the wheel by any degree it is noticeable that they keep the pace mainstream for the most part. The sound is uncluttered, clean and powerful; there’s little RHAPSODY OF FIRE epic speed nonsense in here and the music is all the better for it.

 

Although not quite up there with their debut “Northwind” is yet another worthy contribution from a country that shows little sign in lowering the quality output.

(Online November 3, 2006)

Chris Doran



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