Since 1999 it’s been a rate of constant work for Falconer with 8 releases in that time and a number of line up changes but in this latest recording we see the fruit of that labour in the truest representation of that early work and find that the mighty Falconer have finally come back to their roots.
You may take from my comments that I feel there has been a decline in the quality of Falconer’s work in recent years but that simply isn’t true, I feel this album is the closest to that beautiful first album that ripped the competition apart and proves that time doesn’t diminish talent. I actually don’t think Falconer have ever released a bad album but some of the previous releases have felt a bit rushed, not showing the same detailed quality in it’s writing and it’s delivery we know the Swedish legends are capable of.
Black Moon Rising is epic from start to finish, one of those albums that is almost impossible not to sing along to once you’ve listened to it a few times through, the neighbours will be donning Falconer T-Shirts in no time! What I really love about Falconer albums is how they are so unapologetic in their subject matter, with epic stories being told with real passion, you can almost imagine Mathias Blad in a royal hall telling stories to the high born folk about life outside the gates. The lyrics and the backing go so well together you really get dragged into the story.
For good ol’ fashioned head banging you can’t go wrong with Wasteland, it is the encapsulation of what this album is all about, it’s loud and filled with real moments of aggression wrapped in passion. For a great sing along it has to be In Ruins or the fantastic There’s A Crow on the Barrow. It’s not very often I say this but there really isn’t a bad moment on the album, from start to finish you are pulled screaming into the imagination of the band members and treated to 52 minutes of real Power Metal that should leave the competition standing.
Black Moon Rising is available on Metal Blade records from all your usual physical and digital stockists so be sure to go and grab yourself a copy of this amazing album.