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Falkenbach - ...En Their Medh Riki Fara... (9/10) - Germany - 1996

Genre: Skaldic Metal
Label: Napalm Records
Playing time: 42:51
Band homepage: Falkenbach


  1. Galdralag
  2. Heathenpride
  3. Lacknishendr
  4. Ultima Thule
  5. Asum ok Alfum naer...
  6. Winternight
  7. ...into the ardent awaited land...
Falkenbach - ...En Their Medh Riki Fara...

After I hadn't found anything too likeable from No Colours until then, FALKENBACH were a big, big surprise to me, because I had not expected a release of this style and, even more, of this quality from there.

First of all, FALKENBACH is a one-man-project of Vratyas Vakyas, but that doesn't have to be viewed as a disadvantage, eh? Well, what awaits us musically? The whole thing is very epic and melodic, still has a certain heaviness to it all the time. Roughly you could call it melodic Black Metal with very high melody-factor, with keyboards as equally melody-bearing instrument.

The opener "Galdralag" starts out quite fast with an interesting sounding lead guitar, which presents the listener with one of the FALKENBACH-trademarks already, a folky touch to the melodies. These passages go hand in hand with very melody-laden mid-tempo and a croaky voice, with an almost Western-like guitar-melody. "Heathenpride" then for the first time offers us clean vocals with slower mid-tempo, a good portion of keyboards and a Viking-ish/medieval flair, before turning into mid-paced melodic Black Metal, just to give way to a truly medieval-touched passage with a playful melody, which comes over very rhythmic (the passage, not the melody!).

The beginning of "Lacknishendr" for sure is Black Metal-lish, before the melody takes over again, but still keeps that alternation with the heavier passages. But it wouldn't be FALKENBACH, if that had been all, because suddenly you only hear acoustic guitars, which then are accompanied by epic/majestic keyboards and guitars, with choir-like croaking, then also clean vocals laid over it, brilliant! "Ultima Thule" mixes stomping Melodic Black with atmospheric passages, Black-vox and only in the chorus choir-like clean singing.

With "Asum ok Alfum naer..." then an instrumental takes us onto a journey through the world of FALKENBACH, in which the typical melodic keyboards meet Black Metal-guitars before "Winternight" for sure is the heaviest track on "...en their medh riki fara...", despite its melody. Well, and for the end, we still have yet another highlight, namely "...into the ardent awaited land...", somewhere between slow- and mid-paced, with clean vocals all through the song and those majestic melodies you already know...

It's not easy to put FALKENBACH into words, but the compositions have their own melodics and structure, which just holds you tight in its grip, if you don't expect any excesses in heaviness, that is. "...en their medh riki fara..." surely is a special album, which each open-minded Metalian should at least have heard once!

Alexander Melzer

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