Falkenbach - _En their medh riki fara_
(No Colours, 1997)
by: Drew Snow (7 out of 10)
Falkenbach are German folk-inspired black metal, with a few resemblances to Burzum, along with a little similarity to other northern folk-influenced acts such as Storm. Simple, mostly mid-paced drums pace the music, and the guitars are in the same style; you won't see any hyper-blast action going on here, and it would be completely out of place, anyway; Falkenbach aren't one of the hordes of unholy play-as-fast-as-we-can-because-we're-evil-and-we-do-as- Lord-Satanas-commands bands. Rather, they instead focus on the slower side, with a little keyboard embellishment here and there, some flute, and lyrics dealing with the usual desecration of churches, wandering through dark forests, etc. For the most part, Falkenbach strike me as just a bit boring. Nothing exciting going on, just plodding along at mid-pace, waiting for the song to end, the only exceptions being the second and final songs, both predominantly clean vocal efforts, sounding a little like Storm (except not as good), and the fifth song, an interesting instrumental with majority flute and some thunder thrown in to complete the cliche quotient. Bottom line: with so much other great new stuff out there, it seems hard to justify recommending Falkenbach over other, similar acts.

(article published 9/4/1997)

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