|Review: Falkenbach - Tiurida|
Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2011
Review online: January 23, 2011
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 3.58/5 (71.52%) (33 Votes)
Falkenbach is a name which gets thrown around a lot in the Folk Metal scene, and no small wonder, as under this moniker multi-instrumentalist Vratyas Vakyas has released a string of successful, well-respected releases. Kicking off the New Year with his latest tome Tiurida, or Glory, Falkenbach present us with a short but enjoyable album lathed with tranquil melodies, gentle, swaying movements, and a wide range of atmospheres and emotions. It’s not going to set the world on fire by any means; it’s a very passive release, staying firmly in mid-pace mode without a hint of Black Metal blasting, but this doesn’t have to be a bad thing: I actually found this pretty relaxing. Problem is, Tiurida might not grab you right away, and that’s one of its underlying problems.
Given enough time, this album starts to sound more pleasant and epic. At just over forty minutes, it’s a welcome change from similar titles that push the seventy minute mark, and in these terms, songs like "In Flames" and "Runes Shall You Know" are easily digestible. There is a demarcation that splits the tracks into two categories: whimsical Folk Metal with clean, bardic vocals, and more hypnotic, discordant material that plods with a Viking Metal rasp. Opener "Where His Ravens Fly" has a TYR feel to it in the vocal section (and Vakyas can really sing, which is a bonus), whereas "Time Between Dog And Wolf" is more primal, airing the album’s first wicked strains of Black Metal. As a whole, this is easy on the ears and does well for background music (or the kind of thing you like to read to – nothing too distracting), but it’s not particularly exciting, even if it does conjure some esoteric images.
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