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The Swedish folk metal forerunners in Falconer return to glory with their new album "Black Moon Rising," which is scheduled to be released the June 6th in Europe, June 9th in the UK, and June 10th in North America. The first single to be released from the album, "Locust Swarm," can be heard below.
After the release of "Armod" in 2011, the first album entirely sung in Swedish and concentrating on the folk elements in the music, Falconer returns to the power and the glory of its roots. "Black Moon Rising" was recorded at Sonic Train Studios with Andy LaRocque. According to a press release, this album is "the most guitar oriented, riff-filled, and fastest Falconer release to date."
Comments Falconer main composer Stefan Weinerhall: "After an 8 month complete break from music on the verge of quitting it, I finally returned with a feeling of hunger, power and commitment to the song writing. The goal we all had was to wake up, stir things up a bit and perform at our very best. And so we all did!!"
The track listing is as follows:
01. Locust Swarm
02. Halls and Chambers
03. Black Moon Rising
04. Scoundrel and the Squire
06. In Ruins
07. At The Jester's Ball
08. There's a Crow on the Barrow
09. Dawning of a Sombre Age
10. Age of Runes
11. The Priory More...
Swedish folk metal outfit Falconer has finished the recordings for 8th album "Black Moon Rising," scheduled for release on June 6th of this year.
The band comments: "So now the mix and mastering is done for Black Moon Rising. After having a break from the studio and then returning my first impression was: 'Was it that much double bass drums?'
"I'm sure this album will compete with Northwind as being my favourite album though they are not alike. The last album entirely in Swedish was really rewarding to do but I must admit it's always great to be back where you feel you belong! Well, enough with the self admiration for this time."
Producer Andy LaRocque simply had the following to say: "This is how Falconer should sound!" Falconer's previous album, "Armod," was released in 2011.
Swedish folk metal standard-bearers Falconer have completed the songwriting for their upcoming eighth album. Guitarist Stefan Weinerhall explains:
"The 8th album 'Black Moon Rising' is finally written. This time we have even made some preproductions of the material to test it out in advance. Some titles are: 'There's a crow on the barrow,' 'Age of runes,' 'Scoundrel and the squire.' We will enter the studio in January and release it in June 2014. As said before, all songs are in English this time after the last album's one-off with only Swedish songs.
"It's for sure the most riff based album in many years and there are certainly some furious moments of brow-raising on the album! If I would sum up the material with two words they would be: Intensity and revitalization.
"We will keep it quite basic with no guest musicians and almost no keyboards to keep it raw, natural and unpretentious. Can't wait to enter the studio and put the finishing touches on the songs!"
Falconer's previous album, "Armod," was released back in 2011.
Falconer guitarist/keyboardist Stefan Weinerhall broke the near two year silence of Swedish metal act Falconer and announced that the band is currently writing new material for the follow up to the band's 2011 all Swedish lyric release "Armod."
In a post on the band's Facebook page last week, Weinerhall stated:
"The Falconer is awake from slumber.
"After the darkest year yet I am once again in writing mood, and what a mood! I guess somethig good really can come out of something bad after all. After rebooting musically from a year of creative vacuum there is a fresh hunger and optimism.
"The 6 songs completed so far are harder and faster and with more of an attitude again, some of the songs sound like taken from the first album. After reading a book about deciphering and reading the language of runestones I really got some lyrical inspiration too!
"I must say that it hasn't been this rewarding and promising for many years to write for a new album, without being carried away too far.The future plan is to concentrate on writing, re-writing and rehearsing for the new album, being sure it is as good as it can and not re-using too many patterns. All songs will be in English this time.
"We are just to begin rehearsing once again after a 2 year break and I can't wait to put Mathias through some tests and find out the speed limit of Karsten.
Hails from Stefan and the falcons!!"
More information is expected shortly.
Metal Injection is hosting the worldwide premiere of the video "By the Roses Grave" from Swedish folk metallers Falconer. "By the Roses Grave (Vid Rosornas Grav)" is taken off the band's brand new studio album "Armod," which features 11 songs sung completely in Swedish and was released earlier this month via Metal Blade Records.
Comments Falconer guitarist Stefan Weinerhall: "The video for By the Roses Grave is re-enacting a story that took place not far from where we live. It gives you a vision of what position you would have 150 years ago if you were just a common man or serf. It surely doesn't look like a metal video in the beginning but then again, when have Falconer ever been about being as metal as possible? The video is once again produced and directed by www.1897.se - they also did the video for Carnival of Disgust."
Swedish folk metallers Falconer have premiered their brand new video for "Vid Rosornas Grav" through Metal Hammer Germany. "Vid Rosornas Grav" is taken off the band's new studio album "Armod." The video clip can be viewed at this location.
Comments Falconer guitarist Stefan Weinerhall: "The video for 'Vid Rosornas Grav' is re-enacting a story that took place not far from where we live. It gives you a vision of what position you would have 150 years ago if you were just a common man or serf. It surely doesn't look like a metal video in the beginning but then again, when have Falconer ever been about being as metal as possible. The video is once again produced and directed by www.1897.se that also did the video for 'Carnival of disgust'".
"Armod" features 11 songs completely sung in Swedish and four bonus tracks that are English versions of the band members' favorite new songs. "Armod" was once again recorded at King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque's Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden, during December and January. The track listing is as follows:
1. Svarta Änkan
2. Dimmornas Drottning
4. O, Tysta Ensamhet
5. Vid Rosornas Grav
7. Herr Peder Och Hans Syster
9. Grimasch Om Morgonen
10. Fru Silfver
11. Gammal Fäbodpsalm
English bonus versions (only available on limited first edition digipak):
1. Black Widow
3. By The Roses' Grave
4. O, Silent Solitude
Swedish folk metallers Falconer have launched their second single "O, tysta ensamhet," taken off their brand new studio album "Armod" via the German Metal Hammer website. You can check out the song by heading over to this location.
Falconer will release the band's seventh studio album "Armod" on June 7th via Metal Blade Records in North America. The CD features 11 songs completely sung in Swedish and four bonus tracks that are English versions of the band members' favorite new songs.
Comments Falconer guitarist Stefan Weinerhall: "The album is embracing the Swedish folk music to a greater extent than before making it sound slightly more down to earth. The music spans from acoustic songs with cello, flute and fiddle to songs with blast beats and really heavy riffing. As said before this is a 'one-time-only' album and does not define the future sound of FALCONER, but it was about time to pay full notice to the influence that has always made us different. Now we have that out of our system!"
"Armod" was once again recorded at King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque's Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden, during December and January. The "Armod" track listing and cover artwork can be viewed below. More...
Swedish act Falconer has finished recordings for the band's upcoming seventh studio album. 11 tracks in Swedish, of which four will also be included as English versions for the limited 1st edition, have been nailed down and once again the creation was done at King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque's Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden.
Comments Falconer guitarist Stefan Weinerhall: "The album is embracing the Swedish folk music to a greater extent than before making it sound slightly more down to earth. The music spans from acoustic songs with cello, flute and fiddle to songs with blastbeats and really heavy riffing. As said before this is a 'one time only' album and does not define the future sound of Falconer, but it was about time to pay full notice to the influence that has always made us different. Now we have that out of our system!"
Some song titles include "Svarta änkan," "Dimmornas drottning," and "Herr Peder och hans syster." The new album will be released early June of 2011 via Metal Blade Records in Europe.
Guitarist Stefan Weinerhall of Swedish metal band Falconer has issued the following update about recording a new album:
"Falconer has now begun the recording of its new album Armod at Andy La Rocque's Sonic Train Studios in Varberg, Sweden. Our drummer Karsten Larsson, who is the first one to be recorded, thinks this may be his best session ever. The vibe is really awesome!"
According to Weinerhall, the album "will be completely sung in Swedish except for the bonus tracks that will simply be English versions of the best (according to us) new songs. This time we have concentrated on the traditional folk side of our music including more traditional folk songs (the majority of the material is still our own), more fiddles and flutes. This is a way to finally devoting an entire album to the influences and getting that out of our system, so to speak, and to do the thing some have asked for during ten years. This is not the new direction of us but just the sound of THIS album."
Guitarist Stefan Weinerhall of the Swedish metal band FALCONER has issued the following update:
"Recording time is coming up. Most songs for the next FALCONER album are written and rehearsed soon as the studio time is drawing nearer, starting to feel a bit stressed! The album will be mixed in the end of January so I'd guess we're up for a late spring release."
"The title of the new album will be 'Armod' and will be completely sung in Swedish except for the bonus tracks that will simply be English versions of the best (according to us) new songs. This time we have concentrated on the traditional folk side of our music including more traditional folk songs (the majority of the material is still our own), more fiddles and flutes. Be calm, the horrid sound of accordions will firmly be left behind!" More...
Sweden's FALCONER have finished work on their forthcoming new album, "Among Beggars And Thieves," at Andy LaRoque's (KING DIAMOND guitarist) Sonic Train Studio in Sweden.
FALCONER guitarist Stefan Weinerhall has issued the following update:
"Studio time again! Midwinter is just around the corner and that's the time Falconer usually put on their cloaks, tights and funny hats to record songs about fairies, elves and other silly things. Karsten (Larsson), the hairy drummer, has just entered the halls of Sonic Train Studios to pound away on 11 tracks, jolly and full of Jule time spirit. In the fall of 2008 the yet untitled album will be released."
For those of you missing Wacken Open Air, several band performances, interviews, and other footage is being streamed online during festival hours. Keep in mind that Germany is 6 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time, so make appropriate adjustments when arranging to watch your favorite band.
Extended Schedules, including the Headbangers Ballroom, can be found at the following locations:
Friday, Aug 3
23:00-00:15 DIMMU BORGIR
True Metal Stage
21:15-22:45 BLIND GUARDIAN
00:30-01:45 ICED EARTH
(4am EST)11:00-11:45 BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
Saturday Aug 4
(5am EST)12:00-12:45 SONIC SYNDICATE
16:00-17:00 DIR EN GREY
18:45-20:00 DESTRUCTION + guests
00:45-01:45 CANNIBAL CORPSE
True Metal Stage
12:50-13:50 SACRED REICH
20:15-21:30 TYPE O NEGATIVE
23:15-00:30 IN FLAMES
02:00-03:00 SUBWAY TO SALLY
13:55-14:40 HEAVEN SHALL BURN
16:00-17:00 DIMENSION ZERO
21:45-23:00 STORMWARRIOR feat.Kai Hansen
Headbanger's Ballroom Notable mentions:
18:10-18:40 SWALLOW THE SUN
Guitarist Stefan Weinerhall from Swedish power metallers FALCONER has issued the following update:
"Sorry for the lack of news but things have been calm for a while. Not much is up really except from writing new songs and some rehearsals. Mathias (Blad vocals) is as busy as usual, Karsten (Larsson - drums) still figures out how to raise a new born and I have just moved.
We just extended our deal with Metal Blade for another four more albums. YAY!! We didn't see any reason to change label or even look over the fence since we're this content with the present situation and collaboration.
The future plans consists of the festivals of course but also a studio recording sometime this winter. More...
LORDI and MENDEED are the latest acts confirmed for the Wacken Open Air 2007 (www.wacken.com) is scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.
Acts on the bill now include: 1349, AMORPHIS, BELPHEGOR, BENEDICTUM, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BLACK MAJESTY, BLIND GUARDIAN, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, CHTHONIC, COMMUNIC, DESTRUCTION, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, DIMMU BORGIR, DISILLUSION, ENSLAVED, FALCONER, GRAVE DIGGER, HAGGARD, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, J.B.O., KAMPFAR, LACUNA COIL, LETZTE INSTANZ, LORDI, MENDEED, MOONSORROW, MOONSPELL, MUNICIPAL WASTE, NAPALM DEATH, NEAERA, NORTHER, RAGE & LINGUA MORTIS ORCHESTER, SACRED REICH, SAMAEL, SAXON, SCHANDMAUL, SODOM, SONIC SYNDICATE, STORMWARRIOR (featuring GAMMA RAY's Kai Hansen), STRATOVARIUS, SWALLOW THE SUN, THE VISION BLEAK, THERION, TYR, UNHEILIG, VADER and VOLBEAT.
More details as they become available.
Swedish epic/power metallers FALCONER have finished recording their fifth studio album, entitled "Northwind" — their first since the departure of singer Kristoffer Göbel and return of Mathias Blad.
Commented guitarist Stefan Weinerhall: "'Northwind', the fifth album of FALCONER, is a return to the folkish style after some experiment on the last one. Very melodic and catchy, and with Mathias back on vocals he gives the album that extra epic touch that none other can do. The album is not a concept album although the title sums up the atmosphere of both the music and the lyrics. From catchy metal to sweet ballads to medieval minstrels gone electrified, there´s something for all tastes."
"Northwind" will be released as a limited first edition featuring a bonus CD containing four Swedish folk songs and a video documentary of the album recordings.
"Northwind" track listing:
02. Waltz with the Dead
03. Spirit of the Hawk
04. Legend and the Lore
05. Catch the Shadows
06. Tower of the Queen
07. Long Gone By
08. Perjury and Sanctity
09. Fairyland Fanfare
10. Himmel Så Trind
13. Home of the Knave
14. Black Tarn (instr)
15. Child of the Wild 2006 (Japan bonus)
01. Kristallen Den Fina
02. Ridom Ridom
03. Liten Vätte
04. Vårvindar Friska
+ video documentary of the recording
"Northwind" will be released on September 22 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) and September 25 (the rest of Europe) via Metal Blade Records.
Swedish epic/power metallers FALCONER have set "Northwind" as the title of their new album — their first since the departure of singer Kristoffer Göbel and return of Mathias Blad. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Catch the Shadows", "Northwind", "Legend and the Lore", "Waltz with the Dead", "Long Gone By" and "Tower of the Queen".
Commented FALCONER guitarist Stefan Weinerhall: "Our label boss visited the studio in February. He got very supportive and positive about the new album as he heard some of the material.
"As [we previously announced] the album will be released in September/October 2006. The first edition will contain a bonus disc with four traditional songs in Swedish and a short DVD documentary of the recording session. Even the booklet itself will contain... well, more stuff.
"In July, the last recordings and the mix will take place and meanwhile I'm coming up with more details and additions to the orchestrations. Mathias is penning down the harmony and choir arrangements. This time around you will get more folky and classical instruments added to the songs, something that really enhance things and make it more colourful. I tell you, I'm dying to hear the final result. There's never been a FALCONER album this thought through, produced and filled with nuggets of gold... but I'm not the one to review it, I think."
Falconer have issued the following update:
"The first rehearsal with the complete line up took place some weeks ago, and I can tell you that it sounded awesome to finally hear the result. Mathias brought that extra spice to the songs as usual."
"All songs for the upcoming album is written into every detail, it feels quite good to for once be this well-prepared and hopefully that can result in some spare time in the end instead of cutting out ideas."
"The new material is more folkish but still feels fresh, like a natural progression from the 2 first albums."
"We will enter the studio in February to record all instruments, then carry on with the vocals and mix in the summer. On one hand it feels hard to wait that long to finalize it, on the other hand it might be good to sit back and clear your head and then return with charged batteries again."
"The first edition of the album will contain about 4 bonus tracks, traditional Folk songs!! I would estimate the release date to be in Sep/Oct ‘06."
Falconer have posted this message on their website:
"Well, once again the line up of Falconer is changing. Now again, you might say. It does sound a bit unstable to do this every once in a while I know.
"After changing the new music into a more folkish style (and loving the sound of it) Karsten and I thought, why not go "the whole way" and get Mathias back in the band, it would really fit the music. That is the style people got to know us by, and that is the style that is best for Falconer in all ways.
"It´s back to the original style, leaving experiments and changes to act under a different moniker (may be).
"So hereby we present you the return of Mathias Blad.
"We would like to thank Kristoffer for the years in the band, it´s been a great time we always will cherish and we assure you all that this has nothing to do with personal matters.
"We wish Kriss all the best for the future.
"This kind of thing is about the worst things you can do to a bandmate if you are all friends but in the end, this is not a sand box it´s a band.
"A slightly sad but optimistic Stefan, Karsten, Jimmy and Magnus"
German Deathcore band Disbelief will headline the Night Of Power Festival in the I-Park Hall Klingholz in Giebelstadt, Germany (near Würzburg) on October 15. Power metallers Falconer have been confirmed as co-headliners. All in all, 12 bands will rock the festival, the complete line up is as follows:
Circle of Tyrants
End of Green
Goddess of Desire
Saint (Josh Kramer)
The Night Of Power Festival started in 2004 to celebrate the five-year anniversary of Germany's online magazine PowerMetal.de. Because of the great success of last year's event, PowerMetal.de have decided to stage the festival again this year.
For more information, visit www.night-of-power.de.