|Review: Falkenbach - Asa|
Label: Prophecy Productions
Year released: 2013
Genre: Black/Folk Metal
Review online: January 18, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 4.64/5 (92.73%) (11 Votes)
Germany's Falkenbach has been around for nearly 25 years and Asa is full-length #6. Folk/Black Metal is the band's M.O. and as with the previous album, Tiurida, it is of the melodic variety. Nearly half the songs on Asa feature raspy vocals, more than on the last album, and this ups the emotional punch of the album with the rasps providing excellent counterpoint to main man Vratyas Vakyas' powerful clean singing. Musically, Asa is of the "epic" school, similar to Summoning and Caladan Brood in sound, if not quite in the quality of the songwriting. Lest that seem like a dig, it isn't meant to be. Though it may not be the equal of Old Mornings Dawn or Echoes of Battle, Asa is still an engaging and atmospheric album. The heavy, melodic riffing of the guitars works well with the pensive acoustic passages and visions of far away places from times long ago are easily conjured while the album is on. If Asa has a shortcoming it is that there is no one stunning track to give the album a focal point but it is full of generally excellent songs, nonetheless.
Asa is another solid release from Falkenbach, one that is a step up from the band's last effort. Folk/Black fans shouldn't hesitate to add this one to their collections.
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