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Album Review

On their own, folk metal and power metal are both capable of creating sprawling musical adventures, but when you combine them as Falconer have, the result is something truly epic. A piece of pure, unadulterated heavy metal escapism, the Swedish band's eighth album, Black Moon Rising, immediately transports the listener to a more fantastic world. The medieval riffs of the album opener, "Locust Swarm," make it hard not to imagine standing atop a mountain clad in glistening armor with a sword in each hand. Although the power fantasy elements of the music are engaging all on their own, the real surprise with Falconer's music lies in its elegance. Despite its driving bombast, "At the Jester's Ball" feels stately and dignified, as if you've wandered into the middle of a courtly dance. This feeling of refinement comes from Falconer's folk metal leanings, which add an old-world flourish to their searing power metal, as well as a simplicity that keeps them from turning the album into an advanced lesson in music theory. With music like this, it's easy for a band to fall into a rabbit hole of its own virtuosity, pushing the musicianship to its extremes, only to lose sight of melody. While Black Moon Rising has its share of brilliant technicality, like the fiery solos in "Dawning of a Sombre Age" and "Age of Runes," by keeping things relatively restrained, Falconer are able to create dazzling compositions that ensorcell listeners without throwing too much at them, making for a fun record for those looking to add a little fantasy to their lives.

Customer Reviews

You get what you expect

Fortunately, what you can expect from Falconer includes fast riffing, interactive guitar harmonies, relentless speed metal drums, silvery vocals, and, most importantly, medieval folk harmonies, which set Falconer apart from any other power metal group. There's no one else quite like them.

While I haven't heard their complete works and can't say how they compare now to their 2011 effort Armod, I can say Falconer has pleased me with the results of this album. I'm at the point now where the majority of power metal is getting boring to me, but Falconer continues to push themselves, to perfect their sound. Black Moon Rising is worth at least a listen, and the single "Locust Swarm" is immediately among their finest tracks.

Falconer is amazing

Great album if your a fan of falconer this would be a great spent money you won't be disappointed I enjoyed all songs thank you so much falconer support them people so they can keep making extraordinary music for us!


A genre that should stand for Falconer and few others (if any).
This album brings the greatest of all of Falconer's elements and perfects them. The precision of metal riffs between duel guitars, theatrical vocals in perfect harmony, and drums ever so metal-perfect. To all fans new and old this is your "Clarion Call"!


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Following the demise of Viking/folk-themed black metal band Mithotyn in 1999, Swedish guitarist/bassist Stefan Weinerhall and drummer Karsten Larsson took a right turn toward power metal with their next project, Falconer, whose studio lineup was initially completed by accomplished stage actor and singer Mathias Blad. Promising demos quickly landed the group a deal from America's Metal Blade, and early Falconer albums like 2001's eponymous debut and 2002's Chapters from a Vale Forlorn distinguished...
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