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November 2013
Released: 2013, Prophecy Prod.
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: UK Team

Formed in Iceland in 1989, the band recorded the Havamal demo and has since recorded a total of seven demos; however, only five are known.

Three more were released by 1995: Skinn Av Sverði Söl Valtiva (Old Norse, "The Sun Shines on the Swords of Slaughter-Gods"), Læknishendr (Old Norse, "Healing Hands"), and Ásynja (Old Norse, "Goddess"). Of all of these except Læknishendr, only nine copies were released. The Havamal demo is allegedly clean folk music, but since then the sound has become more raw and influenced by black metal influence and matured into an epic metal sound and six months after their acclaimed vinyl single Eweroun, Falkenbach release their sixth studio album ASA. With the guys writing most of the lyrics in English, they also write lyrics in Old Norse, Latin, and Old German. I knew that I was in for a real treat with this album...and so will you be!

The opening track "Vaer Stjernar Vaerdan" starts with a very surreal experience opening up the Pagan world to the non-believers and soon you are taken of from this mortal plan to a world of enlightenment. The track has a very medieval feel running through it, to the point where you can close you eyes and picture mass castles, Knights of a time that has been forgotten...but don't relax to much because as "Wulfarweijd" starts you are thrown back into the real world and it hurts. Falkenbach have managed to master something that so few can manage, and that is the shear talent of being able to tell a good story through music. As "Wulfarweijd" ends the peaceful intro into "Mijn Laezt Wourd" begins, and by now your senses are so blown, you just don't know if you should be in the pit of death or crashing out with a glass of your best tipple. "Bronzon Embrace" unleashes more then just Black Metal to your ears, the brilliant mastered and mixed Pagan, Death and Doom feel that these guys manage to carry off is second to none. I have heard many a pagan black metal bands in my time but these guys have managed to shock me!

The music has one of the best flows I have heard in a very long time and the combination of all the music talent that flows from this band is just mind blowing. Of course the one song that had to appear on the album without fail was the single "Eweroun"; sung in the mother tongue, which in its self makes the track standout even more. This album contains it all and can bring so many new listeners to the bands music. To be honest I can't fault this album, and I have tried, but this is a must for your collection!

Review by AWG
Track Listing

1:Vaer Stjernar Vaerdan
2: Wulfarweijd
3: Mijn Laezt Wourd
4: Bronzen Embrace
5: Eweroun
6: I Natterns Stilta
7: Blout Fuer Blout
8: Strikke Wound
9: Ufirstanan Folk


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