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Falkenbach - Ok Nefna Tysvar Ty (8/10) - Germany - 2003

Genre: Viking Metal
Label: Napalm Records
Playing time: 40:03
Band homepage: Falkenbach


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Falkenbach - Ok Nefna Tysvar Ty

In almost fifteen years Vratyas Vakyas, head and sole ruler of FALKENBACH, managed seven demos and now three studio albums. The debut "...En Their Medh Riki Fara..." (1996) with its bigger Black Metal influence still sounded somewhat mediocre, but still already heralded the coming glory of this one man project. And it came as it had to, the 1998 follow up "Magni Blandinn Ok Megintiri", also their debut with Napalm Records, surpassed even the most audacious expectations. Bombastic hymns, which we only knew from Quorthon so far (just think of BATHORY's "Hammerheart" or "Twilight Of The Gods") transformed each listener into a Viking for the duration of the CD and conjured up stories of heroes, myths and battles before the mind's eye.

After that it got frighteningly quiet around FALKENBACH and even though there always had been some rumours about a new epos, only few in fact believed in a return of this impressive band. But as the saying goes, the ones thought dead live longest Vratyas Vakyas managed the unthinkable and presented the hungry mob with another spawn with the name "Ok Nefna Tysvar Ty". The dark artwork should already make the fans rejoice. The content, to say it right away, is just grandiose and exalted. For the first time since the foundation of FALKENBACH additional studio musicians, of VINDSVAL (on Vratyas' own label Skaldic Art Productions), supported him and that is quite some novelty after all those years of solitude.

Not that Vratyas would give away the reins or one would have to doubt has musical abilities, no, it just becomes evident that the new material is more compact and even more mature. Epic hymns as we could not behold them for a long time and a powerful production are the trademarks of FALKENBACH anno 2003. Enhanced by more dominant acoustic parts, wonderful keyboard arrangements and crowned by the clear and exalted vocals the new release at least equals the second album. Now I just hope that all those, who had kneeled before "Magni Blandinn Ok Megintiri" won't have forgotten the band during the years of absence. It would be a big pity, so much is for sure! (Online December 25, 2003)

Alexander Ehringer

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