Their self-titled debut had been one of the very, very positive surprises of the past year, so the disappointment that they saw themselves only as a pure studio-band (don't you normally call this a project then?) was all the bigger. Well, by now the reactions of fans and magazines have led to the guys giving in and growing into a live-unit as well.
But anyway, this review deals with "Chapters From A Vale Forlorn", the second album of the Swedes and some things have changed compared to "Falconer". They by far do not sound as "wild" as on their debut anymore, the compositions sound a little more measured and more mature, not as Power Metallic as before. But you definitely can attest Stefan Weinerhall his own, characteristic guitar-sound, which identifies the songs as FALCONER.
Next to the sound of the debut is opener "Decadence Of Dignity", which comes over pretty swift, the rest, of course, still bears the typical FALCONER-signature. The folky note is still there, in the melodies, in the vocal-lines of Matthias Blad, whose original voice also still is an integral part of the FALCONER-sound, he just sounds different than all the rest and, as I could hear, people either really like him or really do not.
With "We Sold Our Homesteads" we also again have an adaption of a traditional folk-song, similar to "Per Tyrssons..." off the debut, which had been the bonus-track, and also "Enter The Glade" contains some more folk, not even talking about "Lament Of A Minstrel" (with this title).
Altogether another very interesting album by the trio Weinerhall, Blad, Larsson, which is close to the roots of the debut, but at the same time presents itself with enough evolution of not even remotely getting in danger of copying themselves. Now I just need the suiting tour and I'll be fully content!