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FALCONER BLACK MOON RISING REVIEW 2014

 

FALCONER - BLACK MOON RISING

METAL BLADE RECORDS

JUNE 10 2014

 

 

“Heavy Metal that takes you by the scruff of the neck and doesn’t stop until you submit” is the first thought that goes through my mind when giving this a first spin, until that is the clean Folk-phrases of the vocal chimes in and gives you something altogether different. Falconer you see aren’t exactly what you might expect- a bit like an unholy marriage of Iron Maiden, Manowar and Jethro Tull?

 

So whilst ‘Locust Swarm’ opens with Folk upon Metal, ‘Halls and Chambers’ that follows is far more Power Metal in hue as is the title track ‘Black Moon Rising’. Eight albums in Falconer is still proudly displaying their Folk and Epic Metal credentials and ‘Black Moon Rising’ is as solid as any of their previous fare.

 

If you like your Metal made to raise a tankard of frothing ale to, or to prime you for your charge into battle there’s just something about Falconer that will have you whooping that battle cry.

 

Pick of the bunch for us are ‘There’s a Crow on the Barrow’ which atarts with scorching guitars and says it all really and the even rockier ‘Dawning of a Sombre Age’ but it’s a tough call and there are still lighter moments that carry just as much weight like closer ‘The Priory’ which is firmly Folk in texture. Of its type this is a great album.

 

 

"Black Moon Rising" was recorded at Sonic Train Studios with Andy LaRocque.


Mathias Blad - vocals
Stefan Weinerhall - guitar
Jimmy Hedlund - guitar
Magnus Linhardt - bass
Karsten Larsson - drums

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

FALCONER BLACK MOON RISING REVIEW 2014