FALCONER - The Sceptre Of Deception

Falconer - The Sceptre Of Deception

9 songs
46:08 minutes
***** ***
Metal Blade


There have been huge changes for Falconer since their last CD Tales From A Vale Forlorn. First of all, the three-piece became a quintet because they intended to play more often live. There was also a change of vocalist because the old one was more concentrating on his career as a singer of musicals. But I wouldn't have noticed this last change if I hadn't been informed. The new vocalist is able to perform melodic and epic songs as good as the former one. Concerning song writing, the changes havenít been too radical. Falconer don't try any risky business and still combine classic heavy metal riffs with calmer folky touches and epic melodies. Although it's still a very good album, there is not much new stuff to discover, compared to the previous albums. A real highlight however is the eight minutes running title track which shows more variations than the rest of the album. Most songs on the CD are of course still above average, but my expectations were higher after two excellent records. Maybe Falconer should go more into a folky direction next time because real metal songs like Night Of Infamy really don't work that well. By the way, this is Falconer's first concept album. The story is about intrigues which really happened in Swedish history in the 12th century.

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