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Falchion - Chronicles Of The Dead (3,5/10) - Finland - 2008

Genre: Death Metal / Viking Metal / Folk Metal
Label: Massacre Records
Playing time: 47:52
Band homepage: Falchion


  1. Primitive Again
  2. Chronicles Of The Dead
  3. Shadows In The Wasteland
  4. Kingdom Of Dust
  5. Desert Breeze (Instrumental)
  6. Shades Of Grey
  7. Dying Dreams
  8. Mayhem Machine (Instrumental)
  9. Evolution In Reverse
Falchion - Chronicles Of The Dead

The second full-length album by FALCHION, hailing from the Finnish woodlands and lakes, is hitting the stores offering a blend of Melodic Death Metal sound and a scent of Folk music. The band do not absolutely come with anything innovative to the genre using greedily and unreservedly the same patterns which have already been utterly explored and exploited by their countrymen of ENSIFERUM.


Thus, powerful juicy rhythm guitar riffs intersperse with melodic sequences made by the leading six strings and everything is backed up by a decent effort from the bass and drum department. The sound of the latter one seems occasionally to be not explicit enough, though it surely enhances FALCHION’s work with quite solid load. Generally speaking the production is more or less as it should be in this kind of music – selective and slightly raw in order to emphasize the pagan inspirations and the musical roots. The tempo in the compositions is of various intensity, so that one can experience contrasts between faster tracks like “Primitive Again” and slower, yet swinging moments like for instance in “Dying Dreams” (it can be pointed out that the tempo is being altered also within particular tunes).  In addition to this the listener gets a bunch of growls, which are everything but original and are never accompanied by any other forms of vocal performance. On the other hand combining harsh singing with epic one might have even stronger established the already obvious associations with ENSIFERUM.


Taking inspiration from other band’s work is one thing, but doing this without even bothering oneself about any own additions and producing imitative boring stuff is a completely different pair of shoes. Listening to FALCHION I simply get a feeling as if I were facing compositions which were to poor to be put on ENSIFERUM’s regular works. If only the tunes made by the group were more catchy, more diversified as far as the riff structures are concerned, more absorbing and lively, bearing a load of sheer energy and flowing easily through my head I am sure I would not complain about the band’s unoriginal way of playing.


All the way through “Chronicles Of The Dead” there is nearly no fragment which could be praised. Some sort of the light at the end of the tunnel appears in the closing tune which includes quite nice acoustic Folk melodies among which the opening leitmotiv is for me the best one on the background of the whole release. However, this is in my view by far to little as to gain some more attention even from devoted Folk/Viking Metal fans.

(Online September 18, 2008)

Sebastian Jazdzewski

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