FALKENBACH "Heralding - The Fireblade" /CD/

The fourth full-length album by the cult German Viking/Black/Folk Metal band.
This record is made up of songs originally intended to be the band's debut album "Fireblade", which was shelved in 1995 and never released before. For the 15-year anniversary of the band, the tracks were finally re-recorded (using the same session musicians as on "Ok Nefna Tysvar Ty") and released. 
The general sound of Falkenbach's fourth album is, as usual, a strong and epic one, the use of excellent narrative work and harsh vocals proving solid. Vratyas returns to his more Blackish roots with this one. The Folkish is still there, but the Black has (most of the time) taken over. Some songs have been rewritten, some that we've never heard have been put in, and all in all, Vratyas has done some pretty good work. The album manages sounding kinda like a 1995 piece of music, while still being recorded with modern equipment.
All in all, a perfect balance between Folk and Metal, between Viking and Black, and old and new material. Sure, it sounds pretty much like the other Falkenbach releases, but that doesn't mean it can't be a good release! It's a pretty efficient comeback to the earlier (and heavier) Falkenbach releases, stepping away from the mainly melodic and Folkish "Ok Nefna Tysvar Ty". Buy this album - it'll kick your ass!!
Napalm Records, 2005 (NPR177). Made in Germany. First press.

1. Heathen Foray 7:15
2. ...Of Forests Unknown... 3:48
3. Hávamál 6:58
4. Roman Land 4:18
5. Heralder 5:13
6. Læknishendr 5:57
7. Walkiesjar 3:53
8. Skirnir 4:35
Total playing time: 41:57

Track 5: re-recorded version of "The Heralder", an old track, which once was only available as a bonus track for the picture LP version of "...En Their Medh Riki Fara...". The re-recorded version is a lot shorter (5:12 instead of 9:05) and has no "The" infront of the title.
The song "Læknishendr" is a re-recording. Older versions of it can be found on the "Laeknishendr" demo and the "Promo 1995" in two different early/demo forms. A third version of the song was used on the 1st full-lenght album "...En Their Medh Riki Fara...". The version featured on "Herlading - The Fireblade" is another different version, a 2005 re-recording. The 2005 version is the only one spelled "Læknishendr", all others were spelled "Laeknishendr".

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