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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.
Falconer are in writing mood again. “Well, I´ve got 6 new songs done. The ones who thought 'Grime vs. Grandeur' lacked folk music will very much enjoy the next album”, reports guitar wizard Stefan Weinerhall. “It also seems like there´s gonna be at least one song in Swedish.”
Upcoming Falconer gigs:
Aug. 05 Restaurang Skagerack, Strömstad, Sweden
Oct. 15 Night of Power, Giebelstadt, Germany
Sweden's Falconer are to release their fourth album through Metal Blade on May 2. It's called 'Grime Vs. Grandeur', and features guest appearances from Dream Evil's Snowy Shaw on drums and Andy LaRocque (King Diamond) on vocals.
Falconer guitarist Stefan Weinerhall has posted this message on the band's official website:
On the 18th and 19th of September we held an audition for the few guitarists we had chosen out from those who had applied for the job. We played one song from every album.
On the evening the 18th we went to see Kristoffer perform with one of his coverbands "Copycats" for a full house. It can't be only work. Name a rehearsal weekend with Falconer where everyone is feeling OK on the Sunday. Ha ha!! We never learn!
When we tested the last guitarist he played the songs exactly as I did. Every boing, pling and shugga-shugga was there. But we wanted a good solo guitarist and when he started to do his solos the rest of the band got lost leaving Jimmy to be the only one playing correctly. Hmmm, ehrr well. It really just took only about 20 seconds into the first song and I watched Kristoffer's face: yup it was a fact, Jimmy Hedlund was the guy.
SO WHAT IS ON THE AGENDA NOW?
We'll have a full band to rehearse the new album with but also to rehearse some more old material with Jimmy. All the songs to the next album is written and most of them rehearsed. The title of the next album will be "Grime vs Grandueur."
It feels like it's "for real" now.
Falconer have found a new bassist, Magnus Linhardt, who used to play in the unsigned band "The Choir of Vengeance."
The band is currently working on new material.
DREAMAKER will play two shows in Japan (Tokyo & Osaka) in May. In April, the band will be on tour in Europe with Falconer & Doomsword. Dreamaker has also confirmed their participation at Viña Rock Festival (Spain).