I have to say that for once I have been treated to CD that I am addicted to. I have always been aware of this band, but never had the opportunity to listen to them. Well, I have the disc and I love it. Folk Metal seems to be catching on finally and perhaps it will be the next big thing. Who knows? Everything about this CD is perfect from the chants to the acoustic guitars, flutes, atmosphere and clean haunting vocals. This is like a combination of BORKNAGAR and VINTERSORG when they breakdown into their clean mode. Now, most people think of Folk music as slow and boring being performed at a campfire, but this is so much more than that. There are beats, melodies and a nice pacing to keep things fresh and alluring at all times.
“Vanadis“ blends lush atmospheres along with a constant yet simple drum beat with a combination of clean and growly vocals and a flute that flourishes this whole song. It's not over done at all. This is done to perfection and at nine minutes it's beautiful and it goes by too quickly. The acoustic guitars run rampant on “.As Long As The Wind Will Blow.“ The drumming is heard throughout here as opposed dropping in from time to time on the opener. This is a much shorter track, but it also remains catchy and enticing. It sounds like the guys might be breaking out the German on “Aduatuza.“ While I may not understand what they are saying, it's still a pleasurable experience.
From top to bottom, FALKENBACH have created something special in the Metal realm. There is not a single boring track on here and they are all distinct in their own way. If you are big fans of AMORPHIS, BORKNAGAR and the other countless band that fuse Folk into their style, then you should give FALKENBACH a chance like I did. You won't regret it. (Online October 5, 2004)