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Black Moon Rising
July 2014
Released: 2014, Metal Blade Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos

Sweden's best kept metal secret, Falconer, return with their eight track folk/power strike, BLACK MOON RISING. I liked all their previous releases (especially GRIME VS. GRANDEUR and THE SCEPTRE OF DECEPTION). They provide some stirring fists in the air metal and BLACK MOON RISING comes to confirm this once more. With an instantly identifiable sound Falconer is a rare breed in the power metal genre. Combining surging heavy riffs distinct folk and medieval influences and not too little melody these Swedes cut a figure head path through the maelstrom of Euro power metal. Blind Guardian has found its lost children.

Of course the band doesn’t reinvent the wheel but they do a great job at the beloved folk field. I do like the production being clean, uncluttered and powerful with heavy guitars. So, band’s music doesn’t sound like soundtrack of looney tunes or Super Mario bros (listen especially to “Wasteland” and you’ll be speechless by the blast beasts and the heaviness among the folk parts).

Sententiously, wonderful power gallops like “Upon The Grave Of Guilt”, epic melodies over fast-paced leads in the style of “Field of Sorrow”, “Spirit of the Hawk” reminiscent kinda of Running Wild. The folk parts and melodies are all over the entire album giving the majestic element to this album. Subsequently, you can listen to BLACK MOON RISING even you are not a fan of folk/power metal. There are a lot oof intriguing riffs (“Age of Runes” is the top of them while carrying a thrash metal feeling).

BLACK MOON RISING is absolutely a nice album to hear. Beyond the classic folk/power music, it contains a few metal elements from other genres (blastbeats as I said before, thrash metal speed and heavy atmosphere) that make this record unique.

This is essential listening. Believe me.
Track Listing

1. Locust Swarm
2. Halls and Chambers
3. Black Moon Rising
4. Scoundrel and the Squire
5. Wasteland
6. In Ruins
7. At the Jester's Ball
8. There's a Crow on the Barrow
9. Dawning of a Sombre Age
10. Age of Runes
11. The Priory


Mathias Blad – Vocals, keyboards
Stefan Weinerhall – Guitar, keyboards
Jimmy Hedlund – Guitar
Magnus Linhardt – Bass
Karsten Larsson – Drums

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