||Here it is... the newest installment in the
saga! "Heralding - The Fireblade" is the 4th album and,
in essence, the 1st as well. What I mean by this oxymoronic statement
is that these are some of Falkenbach’s earliest written songs,
which now have been re-worked and re-recorded. This opus consists
of 9 epic metal voyages through the great landscapes of Odin’s
realm. It's basically half-chanted, half-screamed vocals with superb
production. I doubt there are many better chanted vocals than what
lie within "Havamal" or "Heathen Foray", with
the exception of course, the ones from Falkenbach’s other albums!
Even the more blackened tunes like "...of Forests Unknown..."
and "Laeknishendr" have an exceptionally mystical feel with
some acoustic interludes reminiscent of older Ulver. The mid-paced
guitar harmonies meet the drumming criteria of the album texture almost
perfectly. Much of the actual music has a black metal feel with some
very catchy rhythms and guitar solos. Alongside some of the most avant-garde
keyboards and stellar album photographic artwork, this release portrays
the band as they have always meant to be. Although, I have never actually
seen a band photo.... oh well. Fans and media alike shall not be disappointed
if blackened Viking sagas has your keen interest. This is an enormous
marvel within the ever-expanding metal scene!!!
Reviewed By: Thomas