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On disc: Falkenbach

Tiurida - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars
Asa - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars


(Prophecy Productions - 2013)

With Asa German pagan metal outfit Falkenbach is presenting the 6th album, just 2 years after Tiurida. While a lot of bands jumped on the band wagon when pagan metal got popular Falkenbach can be called a fore-runner as Vratyas Vakyas founded the band back in 1989!

Atmospheric sounds lead you into Vaer Stjernar Vaerdan, but soon heavy riffs get added and mastermind Vratyas Vakyas presents a hymnic pagan metal tune. The following track Wulfarweijd is showing their black-ish side. And in a way the 2 songs give a good idea about Asa, even if their black metal-ish side isn't very present.

Eweroun Falkenbach fans will know, it was chosen as an appetizer and released as a single. If you don't know the track, check it out here:

Falkenbach manages to present black metal riffs next to acoustic guitars - and it works. Even if there are no surprises, it's above average! Falkenbach fine tuned their sound and brought it to the next level. Recommended to fans of pagan metal.

9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt



(Napalm Records - 2011)

Tiurida means glory and is Falkenbach's 5th album. The predecessor Heralding - The Fireblade was released in 2005, Vratyas Vakyas obviously didn't rush things. Lyrically he stayed on the chosen path, if the music changed? Tiurida is what fans expect after Heralding - The Fireblade.
After the Intro he continues with ...Where His Ravens Fly..., an epic folk-ish Viking metal tune which every fan of Viking metal who likes some folk sounds too. At Time Between Dog And Wolf Vakyas shows his black metal roots as well as his love for epic sounds and instrumental passages. Tanfana is a heavy but folk-ish instrumental and works well without vocals. Acoustic guitars lead you into Runes Shall You Know, but then he changes from acoustic to electric guitar. Another atmospheric tune with a memorable vocal line. And this describes the range of Tiurida quite good. My favorite is Sunnavend, a tune based on heavy riffs and with a catchy folk-ish melody line.
The digipack and some vinyl versions have a bonus track, the re-arranged version of Asaland which some will know from LŠknishendr demo. Even if I would have the bonus track, as I don't know the demo version, I wouldn't be able to tell you how much it differs.
Vinyl lovers and collectors should be quick to get one of the vinyl versions (100 white ones, 250 golden ones - incl bonus track - and 350 gatefold heavy black vinyl) or the deluxe box (limited digipack with pendant).

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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