May 30, 2008

Falkenbach - Ok Nefna Tysvar Ty

Band/artist - Falkenbach
Genre(s) - Folk metal
Origin - Germany
Album - Ok Nefna Tysvar Ty
Year of release - 2003

I'm not that much into folk, viking or pagan metal but this album is something else entirely. Hardly keg-party material like so many much too happy-sounding bands in their genre, Falkenbach's third album decidedly lacks Lai Lai Hey-type choruses and jumpy rhythms in favour of a more solemn approach, in which the guitars are mostly drowned out by lush, organic sounding keyboards and flutes. The drums are measured but are very well mixed through the music, they really sound very good (before this release, Falkenbach made use of a drum computer). Another point of attention are Vratyas' clean vocals; he is not at all a bad singer and his voice has a beautiful timbre. Only Vanadis has some harsh vocal parts, it is also the only song that displays some degree of aggression. The rest sounds decidedly nostalgic, especially ...As Long as Winds Will Blow and Farewell. I've had this album in my collection for about four years now and it has lost none of its appeal since that time. You can just smell the forest around you with this album on, over and over again.
  1. Vanadis
  2. ...As long as winds will blow
  3. Aduatuas
  4. Donar's oak
  5. The ardent awaited land
  6. Homeward shore
  7. Farewell
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