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Northwind Import

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1. Northwind
2. Waltz with the Dead
3. Spirit of the Hawk
4. Legend and the Lore
5. Catch the Shadows
6. Tower of the Queen
7. Long Gone By
8. Perjury and Sanctity
9. Fairyland Fanfare
10. Himmel S Trind
11. Blinded
12. Delusion
13. Home of the Knave
14. Black Tarn

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 3, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B000I2KS1Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,079 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jon Gunter on October 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I had started to write a review of this album based on one listen, but we all know that to write a proper review, we need to listen to an album multiple times to allow it to soak in. Upon listening to the new Falconer album a second time, I feel differently about it than I did upon listening to it initially. It all has to do with changing my feeling about the predictability of the album.

I have to remind myself that it's extremely hard to do something original in this day and age and if bands replicate things they've previously done, should we fault them for that? No, I don't think so, especially when it's bands that have their own trademark sound.

I've listened to many metal bands in my time and I've never heard a band that sounds like Falconer except Falconer. The melodic elements they use in their music are basically unparalleled in other bands that attempt to play this style. Their use of melody in their choruses are of the kind that get stuck in your head for hours (remember the first time you heard 'Emotional Skies?'). Even though some of the guitarwork may sound a bit run-of-the-mill, all of the guitar melodies that highlight the songs sound like Falconer melodies through-and-through. I should say that they sound like Stefan Weinerhall's melodies, as he wrote all of the music and lyrics to this opus. His songwriting skill is the type that we songwriters envy, to actually be able to compose music that sounds like his own. He has achieved this and what an accomplishment to have as a musician and composer.

Back to the album: the vocal performance is nothing short of stunning. Welcome back Mathias Blad, delivering an inspiring vocal performance throughout the album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on April 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Though Grime Vs. Grandeur was a good release in its own way, it didn't sit well with the band's long-time fans and called for the return of return of original vocalist Mathias Blad. And while it is again guitarist Stefan Weinerhall who wrote all music and lyrics for this album, the direction in the songwriting indicates a return to their folkier style of power metal, mixing both fast and slow pieces into their trademark melodic framework. Blad's vocals are still as amazing as always, and he certainly possesses the most fitting voice to Falconer.

If you enjoyed Chapters for a Vale Forlorn, be prepared for a nice follow-up type of release. Imbued with lots of memorable melodies, excellent vocal parts, interesting instrumental sections, and folky elements, Northwind begins with the ambitious title track, packed with a dynamic guitar arrangement, pounding double bass drums, and melodically charged guitar soloing. New lead guitarist Jimmy Hedlund brings in a new dimension to the band, sharing cool call-and-response leads with Weinerhall and also offering solo spots. His tone on (as on "Waltz with the Dead") is noticeably more metallic and easier to distinguish, so his fretwork adds a welcome contrast to the music. The classical guitar tandem of "Spirit of the Hawk" is unadulterated speedy power metal with relentless double bass battery whilst the slow opening of "Legend and the Lore" features beautiful harpsichord courtesy of Johannes Nyberg. Lots of mandolin work dominates the more vocal-based pieces, such as "Tower of the Queen" which sort of sounds like a sped-up Blackmore's Night number with male vocals. "Long Gone By" is the album's moving power ballad boasting nicely strummed acoustic guitars, an excellent guitar theme, and subtle keyboard melodies.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Monstrosity on September 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a KILLER CD and a worthy follow up to the 1st album ( I skipped the ones in between). I love the 1st CD and this is perhaps even better. Great songwriting, great melodic hooks, innovative riffing, high energy, cool lyrics and superb vocals. Worthy of purchase.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Analog on December 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Thank all that is holy that Blad is now back on vocals. I couldn't think of a better move the band could have made. When Kristoffer Gobel took over as lead vocalist, Falconer not only fell from my "favorite metal band" status, but I could barely even listen to them anymore. In fact, they should have changed their name all together, because Falconer they were no longer. Now for Northwind---obviously a huge, huge factor in my love of this album is Mathias Blad, a man gifted with one of the most beautiful voices metal has known. Although I don't like Scepter of Deception or Grime vs. Grandeur, I still own them both, and I would say that Northwind combines early Blad Falconer with Gobel Falconer. Not quite as medieval/renaissance as Chapters, with a lot more straight foreward metal like the Gobel years. Although Weinerhall is no longer the only guitarist, Jimmy Hedlund is quite the shredder, and I enjoy his solos tremendously. I do not like this album near as much as their self titled debut or Chapters, but it is still quite good. I am just very thankful that Blad is back. I would recommend this to fans of both Falconer periods, since it combines the best of those times.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Phantom Stranger on January 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
It's amazing how a single member of a group can make all the difference in the world. The power and the melodies that rang through the first two Falconer releases return in Northwind. Mathias Blad's voice is indeed center stage but is often rivaled by the incredible guitar work of this one of a kind band. I also recommend Falconer fans to visit Blad's website. Just look at some of the roles he has portrayed in theater and you'll gain more appreciation for why he is light years ahead of so many metal "singers". Truly, a great CD.
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