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Grime vs. Grandeur
June 2005
Released: 2005, Metal Blade
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: Evil Rocker

Wow, what a sad story. Falconer was such a promising band with their spectacular debut. But they have simply failed, failed, failed! The musical basis and gallop style of Stefan Weinerhall has remained largely the same but that is about it. Hearing this album does remind me of Falconer circa 2001 & 2002 when I strain to hear it and block out everything except the guitar melody. The new vocalist, Karl Kristoffer Göbel has abandoned his attempt to sound like the original Falconer vocalist Mathias Blad, and just does NOT GET IT DONE. Listen to the first minute of "I refuse" and see what I mean. This album continues the negative progression from the previous bad album, THE SCEPTER OF DECEPTION.

Like the previous CD, I am disappointed with this album and regret purchasing it prior to listen. The tracks have no "staying power" and there is simply nothing that captures the attention beyond that of a below average metal CD with one or two moments of note such as on the decent track "Humanity Overdose". Some of the material such as "I Refuse" and "Power" is truly horrible.

R.I.P., Falconer. I never wish any metal band ill will. But this deterioration is not something I can support any longer.
Track Listing

1. Emotional Skies
2. Purgatory Time
3. I refuse
4. Humanity Overdose
5. The Assailant
6. Power
7. No Tears for Strangers
8. The Return
9. Jack the Knife
10. Child of the Wild


Kristoffer Gobel - Vocals
Stefan Weinerhall - Guitars
Karsten Larsson - Drums
Jimmy Hedlund - Guitar
Magnus Linhardt - Bass

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Grime vs. Grandeur
July 2005
Released: 2005, Metal Blade/Border Music
Rating: 2.0/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

This is Falconer’s 4th LP; although I myself am new to the band.

Their self-titled debut came out in 2001, followed the following year by CHAPTERS FROM A VALE FORLORN; 2003 saw the birth of a concept album—SCEPTRE OF DECEPTION. According to the bio, Falconer had never intended to play live, but changed their minds due to overwhelming demand.

Founding member Stefan Weinerhall (guitar) is the mastermind behind this band. Though several band members have come and gone during the bands short existence, the most detrimental setback thus far has been the departure of former lead singer, Mathias (who was unable to tour). Destiny vocalist Kristoffer took over in November of 2003. Further complicating matters, bassist Anders and guitarist Peder left and/or were fired, for varying reasons; replacements were found that September.

To these ears, Falconer sounds like typical power metal, with lots of catchy refrains. The songs are rife with numerous tempo changes and 80’s heavy metal influences. The music is very technical; there is a lot of edgy twin guitar play between Jimmy and Stefan. Strangely enough, Falconer have chosen not to add keyboards—which is good, but odd, for this kind of power metal.

GRIME VS. GRANDEUR was recorded between December 04 and January 05 in Andy LaRocque’s Los Angered Studio, where they recorded their debut. The production oozes power metal, and sounds just like this kind of music should. All of the guys have their own special part in this soundpicture, and the production sounds quite spacious.

There is a big problem with the quality of the material, however—it feels weak, and standard, to say the least. Not even one of these 10 tracks are the least bit appealing to me. Sure, they sound as if they are excellent musicians; but, genre-wise, there are better. Kristoffer’s vocals are especially weak; his range is quite poor. When he sings within his capacity, it kind of works…but when he pitches the higher notes, it sounds just dreadful. He drags down the rating with his odd screams and outbursts.

On the negative side, this is standard material, that leaves a lot more to wish for—especially the singer, who drags down both the rating and the bands music. On the positive side, these guys are highly skilled and focused musicians. The production is excellent, as well as the cover.

If you already are a Falconer fan, you might not be disappointed with this; but the band is not going to gain any new fans with this. Instead, you should invest in other Power Metal albums/bands that do justice to the genre.

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Track Listing

Emotional skies
Purgatory time
I refuse
Humanity oberdose
The assailant
No tears for strangers
The return
Jack the knife
Child of the wild


Kristoffer Göbel – lead vocals
Stefan Weinerhall – guitar
Jimmy Hedlund – guitar
Magnus Linhardt – bass
Karsten Larsson – drums

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