CD review FALCONER ‘From a Dying Ember’

Falconer originated from Mithotyn, a band that disbanded in 1999 and it was Stefan Weinerhall who founded Falconer with songs that were originally intended to be for used in a solo project.

Falconer released a self-titled debut in 2001 and after numerous other records the ninth album will follow this summer. ‘From a Dying Ember’, so the name of the new album, contains 11 songs with which Falconer continue their journey through the world of folk power metal. Or should I say more precisely: finish this journey. Falconer mainman Stefan Weinerhall announced on June 11th via Facebook that ‘From a Dying Ember’ will be the last Falconer album and thus the end of an era. Under this aspect the new CD is of double importance for fans of Swedish folk metal enthusiasts.

Musically, the Swedes are as professional as usual and show for the last time in this line-up what they are capable of. I have to admit that I am not really a die-hard folk metal fan, but what Falconer delivers here is quite impressive. Weinerhall’s guitar playing is both, melodic and hard, carrying also a lot of riff power. But it is also singer Mathias Blad who, as a theatre singer, knows exactly how to perform a story singing. Songs that stand out for me are the lively ‘Desert Dreams’ and the cinematic ‘Fool’s Crusade’. Compared to the previous albums Falconer also works on their final album with more folk-typical instruments like the bagpipes, which gives the whole thing an extra spice.

The bottom line is: whether you’re a fan of the band or don’t think folk metal being really exciting, the album is well done and Falconer will certainly leave a gap to be filled. It also might be that the end is a new beginning and let’s see where the falcons will land in the future. Falcons fly free.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Kings And Queens
  2. Desert Dreams
  3. Redeem And Repent
  4. Bland Sump Och Dy
  5. Fool’s Crusade
  6. Garnets And A Gilded Rose
  7. In Regal Attire
  8. Rejoice The Adorned
  9. Testify
  10. Thrust The Dagger Deep
  11. Rapture

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Folk Power Metal

Release Date EU: June 26th, 2020

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