Falkenbach
Ok Nefna Tysvar Ty


4.5
superb

Review

by A.K. USER (66 Reviews)
August 24th, 2006 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


FALKENBACH - OK NEFNA TYSVAR TY

About:
Falkenbach was created back in 1989 by Vratyas Vakyas. After releasing numerous limited demos which are as good as impossible to get mp3s of nowadays he decided to release the first full length in 1996. It was released so late after the bands formation since he had been having trouble recording and getting the right sound in the studio where he wished to record the Fireblade, which was released 2005. On this album he also has a few session musicians helping him out with drums and such.

Sound/Production
The album includes guitars drums bass and keys (like almost every other "folk/viking/pagan" band nowadays). The guitars are mixed well and are very distinct, in contrast to the earlier cds. The bass is hard to hear sometimes but is definitely there. Drumwise I have no complaints either, drums usually sound good to me when everything is clearly heard as is the case here. They also sometimes play folk patterns/beats with tambourines and such. The keys are also very audible and mixed very well into the rest of music. They often play strings or folksy instruments like flutes. And finally, the vocals. They are what makes Falkenbach one of the best Viking/Folk bands in todays scene. Both harsh and clean vocals appear, though there are a lot more clean vocals then on the previous albums. The harsh vocals are excellent, they are kinda raspy and growly but they are still possible to make out (as far as what is being said). The clean vocals are also excellent. Many words are held very long and the vocals are very drawn out and somewhat monotonous, but in the best way possible.

Score - 5/5

Songs
The songs are all in the verse/chorus structure. It should be noted that there are not many riffs/melodies in the songs. Vakyas decides that quality > quantity and I have to wholeheartedly agree with him here. The riffs that do make the songs are all very excellent, some even catchy, and some that make for good sing alongs. The songs are all mid paced, there really is no fast tremelo style guitars on here. Instead they are more like the trudging power chords a la Burzum's "Lost Wisdom" and "Key to the Gate". The keys add epic feelings to the songs in the right places, and are not overused or cheesy. There are also lots of acoustic guitars, and while they are mainly strumming in the back of the mix, they also dominate songs like "Donar's Oak". On "Vanadis" the only harsh vocals (I think) can be found during the second part. I think "Vanadis" is very easy to compare to "When Gjallarhorn will sound" (from the previous cd). It is the opener, contains two sections (one with harsh vocals, one with clean) and is Aaround 9 minutes long. The drums features little double kick, rather there is more cymbol work, but always also a 4/4 feel with snare hits on beats 2 and 4 or 1 and 3 (no syncopation).

Score - 4.5/5

Pros
-Excellent vocals
-Memorable melodies
-Won't give your parents a headache

Cons
-Somewhat repetitive (seems like every review I do this is the main con)

SCORE - 4.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
LordWorm
August 24th 2006


23 Comments


Is there enough melody on the album to consider it melodic metal ? or is it normal viking metal ? Good review btw.

Silenius
August 24th 2006


305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hard to say. It's not power metally-melodic, it's more like folk melodies and stuff. So probably just viking/folk. Check it out for yourself though, it's a great cd.

Cravinov13
August 24th 2006


3854 Comments


Where's the track list?

Silenius
August 24th 2006


305 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dunno what you're talking about. :p

Anglachel
December 7th 2006


152 Comments


My first impression of this album was great. Need to hear it more htough

rasputin
December 3rd 2008


14555 Comments


pretty good album

BallsToTheWall
December 3rd 2008


44800 Comments


Probaly the only good viking metal band around.

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Thor
December 3rd 2008


10202 Comments


Probaly the only good viking metal band around.

Runic

BallsToTheWall
December 3rd 2008


44800 Comments


I find a viking metal band coming from Spain to be quite hilarious, almost as much as a German band playing celtic metal. Still, I will check them out today. What we really need is Hun metal, Roman metal, and Native Indian metal to go along with our pirate,celtic,viking stuff.

masscows
December 3rd 2008


2236 Comments


meh I was thinking about messing around with native american folk/black metal but I don't know anything about native american folk and it would be incredibly dumb for a white person to be playing it

BallsToTheWall
December 3rd 2008


44800 Comments


Would be like Dances With Wolves but I think it would be a great idea with the totem wolf spirits and such. I'm suprised it hasn't already been attempted.

rasputin
December 4th 2008


14555 Comments


First listen: This is okay.
Second listen: Hmm, pretty good.
Third listen: I'm really liking parts of this.
Fourth listen: wat

jingledeath
May 20th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent album

ameypv
January 10th 2010


807 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ftw album.great band

ameypv
January 10th 2010


807 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"meh I was thinking about messing around with native american folk/black metal but I don't know anything about native american folk and it would be incredibly dumb for a white person to be playing it"

rofl

pencils3
November 21st 2010


45 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Quality.

mcg182
January 14th 2011


144 Comments


Well, being a melodic black metal fanatic, I think I'm pretty much obliged to listen to this.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2012


1917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Falkenbach are a great band to be honest. I've loved listening to their music ever since i heard 'when Gjallarhorn will sound', and this album is definitely compulsory if you're interested in getting to know them. Vocals are mostly clean, yes, but i prefer the clean vocals to the raspy ones. A great album.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
December 2nd 2013


20068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pretty cool album

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