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  • Audio CD (March 12, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B000060O1Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,630 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Decadence of Dignity
2. Enter The Glade
3. Lament Of A Minstrel
4. For Life and Liberty
5. We Sold Our Homesteads
6. The Clarion Call
7. Portals Of Light
8. Stand In Veneration
9. Busted To The Floor

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Customer Reviews

True musician passion.
Steven R. Springsteel, Jr.
Sounded a tad like they didn't know how to start this album so they picked the song that sounds the most like something from they first album.
Matthew Jordan
The album comes to a close with Busted To The Floor.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tom Emanuel on September 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Scandinavian origins, a medieval name, and songs born of too many Dungeons & Dragons sessions could easily - and often do - add up to one mediocre metal band. But Swedish power metal outfit Falconer have enough tricks up their sleeve to set them apart.

Firstly, there's bandleader/guitarist Stefan Weinerhall. Weinerhall is blessed with a tremendous ear for melody and a passion for traditional European, and especially Celtic, folk music, imbuing Falconer's music with an appropriately epic medieval quality and giving them a tuneful edge over their contemporaries. But perhaps just as important to the delivery of the music itself is vocalist Mathias Blad. Going in for neither the incomprehensible grunting nor the shrill yowling of many heavy metal vocalists, Blad opts instead for a powerful, dramatic baritone that wouldn't sound out of place in a Broadway production, a circumstance born of his career as a professional actor in Swedish musical theatre.

The title of the band's second album, CHAPTERS FROM A VALE FORLORN, offers an apt description of the music within. With titles like "Decadence of Dignity" and "Enter the Glade", each song reads like a chapter in some grand medieval saga. Some of the highlights include the recorder-tinged "Lament of a Minstrel", the Tolkienesquely verbose "Stand in Veneration", and "The Clarion Call", a triumphant epic that makes you want to take up arms and answer the titular summons, all graced with gorgeous melodies and soaring leads. And emotions run highest on the heavenly (literally) ballad "Portals of Light", which portrays the plight of a lover whose loved one has passed on. As elsewhere on this record, the lyrics are overwrought and more than a little ham-fisted, but the majestic music and passionate vocals speak louder.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Erin on April 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I am new to the genre of power metal. I'm more of a Cannibal Corpse kind of gal. However, when I heard that voice, I couldn't get enough of it. This guy can really sing! A lot of bands try too hard to sound like opera stars, but Falconer has serious vocal talent. I don't have the know-how to break down the music and really give you a detailed review of this album. But I can tell you that the album has standard renaissance rhythms that I found very enjoyable and even infectious. I just wanted to inform everybody out there that no matter what your metal taste, if you have an ear for quality vocals, you need to listen to this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "tornandgone" on March 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
In 2000-2001, this power/melodic metal group, Falconer, released their self-titled debut. Filled to the brim with fast guitars and bass, pounding drums and outstanding vocals, the album was a taste of musical perfection. Now, in 2002, Falconer has served up another shot of their infectious tunes and hooks but this time, they have a few surprises.
The line-up is the same as the first. Stefan Weinerhall resides over guitars and bass and continues doing everything he did on the previous album. Drummer Karsten Larsson lays down spectacular drum tracks that are filled with more energy than the first and compliment the music extremely well. And again, in the front is Mathias Blad, singing each song beautifully with more range than before.
The album starts off hard with Decadence Of Dignity, much like how their debut began with Upon The Grave Of Guilt. A fast song, the guitar is heavy and lashing while the drum beats could probably change the pattern of your heart beat. Enter The Glade slows the album down a bit. Much like Mindtraveller, the guitar is nice and thick, the drumming is good, especially on the choruses and the vocals are quite powerful. Lament Of A Minstrel is kind of a curveball. It starts off with a soft flute-sounding keyboard and then proceeds into a slow yet heavy song. The lyrics are interesting and the vocals shine. The guitar is pretty cool and interesting, since most fans are used to hearing the band play faster. For Life And Liberty picks up with the heaviness and speed again. This is one of the songs that demonstrate Blad's vocal range and ability. The guitar is fast, almost in the vain of the "Iron Maiden Gallop". The drumming here is fast, furious and raw. The band throws in a second surprise for us all with We Sold Our Homesteads.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Springsteel, Jr. on May 31, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This band was everything I could look for in a metal band. Great guitar skills, excellent drummer, and a magnificent singer. I completely lost it when I heard their debut album from a friend. I HAD to get that album!
As time went on, eagerly waiting for the sophmore attempt, I saw the news it was coming out. I immediately ordered it, and because I'm so obsessed with their music, I put in 10 bucks extra just so I can get one-day shipping!
After hearing this album for the past few months, I can confidentally say it was very well worth it. I will admit, however, that it suprised me compared to their debut. The best comparison I can give is it's what Metallica's "Ride the Lightning" was to "Kill 'em All". Debut being very edgy and in your face. The 2nd being very intense, but with a little more of a progressive sound.
Don't let this fool you in disappointment. The first song is what I expected of a Falconer intro. One song that really caught me offguard was "Portals of Light". The intro is just piano and soon Mathias' vocals come in with complete sorrow. IT tells the story of losing the love of one's life. What makes it better is that it's dramatically emotional, not Staind or the like whiny emotional. True musician passion. It gave me goosebumps when I first heard it.
If you don't feel too comfortable about Falconer's somewhat change, but desire their sound, I'm sure you'll learn to love it. It's an awesome transition, proving their musicianship and how they can easily rule over any American metal band today.
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