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“Sceptre Of Deception” by Falconer

Artist: Falconer
Title: “Sceptre Of Deception”
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 11/4/2003
Genre: Power Metal
Rating: 8/10

While this would be my first sampling of the music of Falconer I had to say that some of the ideas and music performed reminded me a little bit of Manowar in its overall themes. Since this was a new exposure to them I looked for some possible musical reminders and while that was among the first to come to mind it was not as over the top as Manowar can sometimes be. Instead, a very interesting take on the Melodic Power Metal genre is delivered and should have a decent level of appeal in the genre. “Sceptre Of Deception” is the bands third release and follows their “Chapters From A Vale Forlorn”. This release also finds a new singer to replace Mathias Blad. Founder Stefan Weinerhall found a perfect replacement in Kristoffer Gobel who has an excellent voice for this type of material. Powerful at times in terms of vocal levels achieved and throughout the he album displays a great sense of musical ability. Rounding out the albums recording would be Anders Johannson (guitars), Peder Johannson (bass) and Karsten Larsson (drums). There are a lot of cool riffs showcased on this album and in songs like “Night Of Infamy” and “Ravenhair” you get some pretty up-tempo and fast paced Metal. At the same time you will find slower pieces that don’t take away from the enjoyment of the album. These can be found especially in “The Coronation” and songs like “Hear Me Pray (which also serves as the Power Ballad on the album). When you add the title track to this list I would say that my favorites are lined out because there is such a power and drive to them all. Falconer’s name adds a sense of ancient history to themselves and this works well for the chosen theme of the album. “Sceptre Of Deception” follows the story of a Viking King and his Three Sons. The tale speaks of who will succeed the King and the intrigue that surrounds it. I would have to say that it is among the most detailed lyrically that I have seen in some time. The detail adds deepness and impact of the music on the record.
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“Grime Vs Grandeur” by Falconer

Artist: Falconer
Title: “Grime V.s Grandeur”
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 5/3/2005
Genre: Power Metal
Rating: 8/10

The newest release by Falconer is certainly a great follow up to 2003’s “Sceptre Of Deception” as once again Stefan Weinerhall has composed a solid slab of Metal for fans new and old. If this is your first time even hearing the name then this CD is something that will definitely make enjoying them a very easy task. There is so much in the terms of kick ass song writing and riffing that even I was impressed at first listen. I admit that I liked “Sceptre” and the band but one must take each release as a separate entity these days. There are a couple of differences that listeners should be aware about the band this time around. For starters the line up has changed with the mutual quit/firing of Anders and Peder from the last recording. They are ably replaced by Jimmy Hedlund (guitar) and Magnus Linhardt (bass). The other difference is that this is straight ahead Metal and not an epic story like the last one was. There are individual songs rather than connected segments that require a full CD listen to get the impact of. Weinerhall and Gobel each split the writing for this album and I feel that this allowed Gobel to really develop his own identity in the band this time around. On “Sceptre” he was new to the line up and performing ready to record material. Being responsible for 25% of the album makes this better for him and the group as a whole. “Emotional Skies” kicks the release off and lets you know that you are in for a metal treat. Great chops and a sing along chorus that will make you raise a glass of whatever very high as you join in the vocals. Weinerhall’s guitar work is just as good as the last release and on “Power” both axe wielders showcase their skills. On “The Assailant” I was reminded of early Krokus from around their “Headhunter” years due to the drive this track held. “Child Of The Wild” closes the recording with a slamming dose of double bass and lightning guitar that I think even the most discerning critic will like. It’s a consistent recording and shows a musical skill that should gain a lot of fans for Falconer. They join a sad number of bands that are excellent but under exposed due to the ever-changing Music Industry. Let’s hope that bands like Hammerfall and EdGuy see it in the cards to bring them over when they again tour.
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