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Review: Falchion - Legacy Of Heathens
Legacy Of Heathens

Label: World Chaos Productions
Year released: 2005
Duration: 48:03
Tracks: 9
Genre: Melodic Death Metal


Review online: February 6, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 2.67/5 (53.33%) (12 Votes)

After a promising debut with their Glory Of The Sword demo, I was looking forward to the first full-length from this band. Well, it took a while for me to get it, and even longer for me to get around to reviewing it, but after seeing numerous ignorant and biased reviews of this album, I felt like I had to do my part to set the record straight. I see a lot of people slamming this for being an Ensiferum ripoff, but that's just asinine: Ensiferum were never this good, and anyway, this is nowhere near the hyperactive Children Of Bodom fellatio that Ensiferum have always relied on.

Falchion sound a lot less Black here than they did on their demo. This is much more Melodic Death Metal fueled by catchy folk riffs. I'd say this band sounds a lot like Withering, only nobody has ever heard of that band either, more's the pity. This is an excellent, highly catchy and consistent album of riff-oriented melodeath with a strong focus on folk melodies and pagan lyrics. Falchion are not about speed, and most of this album is at a steady midpaced march. Any comparisons to Ensiferum can only be explained away as being made by those who know nothing about the Folk Metal genre whatsoever, and that's the only band they know of to compare this to.

Great riffs, strong production, and solid songwriting make this a definite must for fans of Pagan/Folk Metal. If you missed it, try and remedy that as soon as possible. This is definitely a band to look for in the future.

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