After the split of MITHOTYN and after the foundation of FALCONER by Stefan Weinerhall in 1999, people had been sceptical due to the announcement that the band wanted to use clean vocals. That is why the scene had been on the rack for the FALCONER debut in 2000, which striked the scene like a bomb. Reviewers as well as fans adored the Swedish and that was correct! That simply "Falconer" titled record was throughout full of fantastic songs. Unfortunately, the second album "Chapter Of A Vale Forlorn" couldn't really keep up that quality but it was also above the average and the sales had been very good.
After the recording, the band hired two session musicians to do justice to all requests on demanded live gigs. In that summer, the band played on the biggest European festivals, but it came soon clear that they couldn't do an extended touring due to Mathias Blad's narrow timetable (he's actually a musicalsinger). Band and singer splitted to do justice to their particular priorities.
On their midwhile third record, the band could hire a singer named Kristoffer Göbel, who is unknown to me, who lets his predecessor completely be forgotten. His varied power vocals can absolutely compete with stars like Eric Adams (MANOWAR). In a stylistical view, not so much has changed, one instantly recognizes which band it is. Folk influences, mighty choirs and also hymnal elements are still present. Unfortunately not all songs have the same standard because in my opinion, a song like "Pledge For Freedom" is completely unnecessary but on the other hand, they got hammers like "The Trail Of Flames" or "Night Of Infamy" with a cool blastbeat as well as the great and varied titletrack. Also the other songs are great and the disc grows with every listen.
Friends of MANOWAR as well as BLIND GUARDIAN disciples will also have fun with FALCONER. And that shall be lots of people... (Online November 1, 2003)