"...magni blandinn ok megintiri...", again an unconventional title, which is borne by the second FALKENBACH-album. In the meantime with Austria's Napalm-label, Vratyas Vakyas is unleashing his second hit with the "Skaldic Metal"-club.
Who already knows and likes the debut will love this album, because it contains everything that already made "...en their medh riki fara...", just matured, better and with a far better sound!
Already the almost nine-minute-opener "...When The Gjallarhorn Will Sound" shows that more than impressively, after epic keyboards at the beginning you will find a very varied track between slow-paced rhythm, majestic melodies and clean vocals on the one side and Black Metal-lish guitars and croaking on the other, but always remaining highly melodic and keeping up the folky/medieval feeling of the FALKENBACH-sound.
Then we have "...Where Blood Will Soon Be Shed", which shows a bigger Metal-content, mid-paced with Black Metal-vocals and rhythmic drums, then add the melody-bearing keyboards; the following "Towards The Hall Of Bronzen Shields", slow pace, still straight, with the keyboards only in the background, still very melodic, both in the keys and the strings, plus clean singing, that is exactly, what this project is all about!
With its almost eight minute the second-longest track is "The Heathenish Force" and that one's a real cracker. Mostly slow, the keyboards again take over the lead-role, while the guitars form the foundation. In the middle-part, percussive, crashing drums mark the support for an immensely majestic passage, which impressively showcases the complete atmospherics of FALKENBACH again.
After "Walhall" with its tons of epic keyboards, just like on the debut, the absolute highlight can be found at the end, titled "Baldurs Tod". It's an instrumental piece, which you could almost describe as pure atmosphere. Mid-tempo-double-bass and e-guitars underlay majestic/epic keyboards, which never lose depth, but almost put you into a different world...
Already now a classic, even though mostly undiscovered by the majority of listeners, but who likes melodies, atmosphere and a folky/medieval flair in his Metal (!), just has to give FALKENBACH a chance!