FALCONER are offering their by now fourth LP to us. Having risen from the ashes of Viking/Black Metal band MITHOTYN, FALCONER have never been able to top their grand debut. After vocalist Mathias had left the band after two albums had been recorded, ex-DESTINY singer Kristoffer Göbel brought some fresh wind to the group. The result was the album "Sceptre Of Deception", which again did not manage to live up to their supreme debut piece. I've now got the newest album of these FALCONERs in front of me, and it sounds much more powerful and, frankly, lively. The songwriting seems more refined than ever, the production packs a serious punch. Even the vocals have been improved. This boy's got quite the amazing throat.
There are songs like "Purgatory Time", "Power", the somewhat more modern "I Refuse" or "The Assailant" which I'm eating up, so to speak, and which have been crafted highly diversified without leaving the pathways of Heavy Metal. The same goes for the clinkin' "No Tears For Strangers", and on "The Return" there even is vicious grunting! Haven't heard a song about the RIPPER in a long while? Here it is, "Jack The Knife" may be credited to them also. Great track! The climax comes at the very end, and that holds true not just for sexual intercourse or masturbating – it's the same with FALCONER too: "Child Of The Wild" is the song most closely connected to FALCONER tradition, with a light folk touch and high speed...
It is solely the stupid falleri fallera choruses on "Emotional Skies" and "Humanity Overdose" could've been done without, apart from that I must admit FALCONER delivered a neato album. It's got balls, it's diverse and competitive. (Online June 1, 2004)