So last night I was thinking about some lesser-known metal bands that might make good Metal for Friday posts, and it wasn’t until this morning that I recalled Falconer. This terrific band came out of Sweden at the very end of the 1990s and spent most of the next decade in a quiet but secure place in the favorites lists of mostly European power metal fans. I remember hearing their self-titled debut album in 2001 and thinking they were the next Blind Guardian. They aren’t necessarily Blind Guardian, but after hearing “Lord of the Blacksmiths,” one of the best tracks from Falconer, you have to admit there’s a tremendous amount of talent here!

Guitarist Stefan Weinerhall, the founder and driving force behind Falconer, tapped in perfectly to the wave of traditional experimentation that marked heavy metal bands, especially black and power metal, in the 1990s. You’ll hear in this song some arrangements and chords that sound almost medieval, aside from of course the clanging blacksmith hammer at the end. While Falconer never wore their medieval/folk metal chops as proudly as many other Scandinavian bands of the period (like Isengard, Thryfing, Moonsorrow, etc.), you can still definitely hear a throwback to centuries past in their sound.

I hope you have a great weekend and Shabbat Shalom! \m/