Falconer – Falconer (Ultimate Edition)


Last week saw the re-release of the self-titled debut album by Swedish folk power metal band Falconer. First released in March 2001, the new edition is a double-disc affair; the first is the full, remastered debut that came out all those years ago, whilst the second sees three brand new acoustic recordings along with four ofLast week saw the re-release of the self-titled debut album by Swedish folk power metal band Falconer. First released in March 2001, the new edition is a double-disc affair; the first is the full, remastered debut that came out all those years ago, whilst the second sees three brand new acoustic recordings along with four of the demos from the initial recording sessions that took place before the turn of the millennium. It serves as an ‘interlude’, the band say, before they round off their final gigs as a live band later this summer. For those of you out there who weren’t aware of the album’s release some fourteen years ago, let’s fill you in: we all know the Scandinavians are brilliant at both folk and power metal, so combining the two seems a surefooted winner, yes? Well…perhaps. The truth is, Falconer don’t so much combine them as play power metal on some songs and folk metal on the rest. They are certainly better at the latter; it’s four songs in before the celtic-tinged A Quest for the Crown enters your lugholes and shoves out the previous three with ease. Not that the opening trio of songs are poor, but they’re not the […]

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