Magni Blandinn ok Megintiri
This is the second album of German one-man viking metal (BATHORY worship) band
The first album was more original whereas this starts to be almost as close to
certain BATHORY stuff as you can get. The melodic vocals are everywhere and the
black metal ones appear only in a couple of songs, the riffs and beats are
simple and occasionally quite slow, just like Quorthon did them; the main focus
in all songs (except the last which is instrumental) is in the vocal delivery of
the heathenish lyrical material.
The first FALKENBACH album wasn’t extremely deep and philosophical but it seems
that with this second one he’s getting really deep into some Hollywood style
lightness with it. The usual emotions associated with Vikings are there, you can
see the sun rise in the majestic keyboards and swords shining in battles in
faraway northern valleys, but this album is tainted with some superficiality,
not enough darkness and death – see ENSLAVED or HELHEIM for viking metal with a
presence of evil lurking underneath.
I like the lyrics with their metaphorical depth, though, and I can hear he
really is into Asatru and not simply cultivating some half-dead and
half-Judeo-Christian image of ”glorious past”. Viking fans should give this a
listen but I can’t totally appreciate the direction where FALKENBACH has gone
since the first album.
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