Power of Metal.dk Review

Black Moon Rising
Style: Power Metal
Release date: 6 June, 2014
Playing time: 50:19

What I've always liked the most about this band is the vocals of Matthias Blad. His majestic and almost seremonial kind of singing style makes the band different from a lot of folk influenced power metal bands. The past years the band varied from album to album in style, some were more pure power metal while others had much more folk influences with flutes and stuff.

This new album is one that is fast and heavy for the big part. The folk elements have almost completely gone, accept in some intros. The songs are still very recognizable Falconer, but with more aggression and edgier. The guitars have a more prominent role and I for sure like that. Like I already said the vocals of Matthias and the typical Falconer sound see to it that it still sounds very known. The songs are rather fast and then especially in a track like "Wasteland". It starts with a black metal kind of tempo and the blast beating drums make this the heaviest song of the band to date. Another of my favorite tracks is "There's a Crow on the Barrow", with a nice galloping rhytmn.

I think there will be critics that dislike the album a bit because of the sporadic folk elements on this album, but I am not one of them. I have heard that enough from this band and from a lot of other bands. I find this one of their best albums, because they show that they still sound different from the lot and that with skipping most of the folk elements.

01. Locust Swarm
Halls and Chambers
Black Moon Rising
Scoundrel and the Squire
In Ruins
At the Jesters Ball
There's a Crow on the Barrow
09. Dawning of a Sombre Age
10. Age of Runes
11. The Priory
Label: Metal Blade Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 5 June, 2014
Website: www.facebook.com/falconermetal