Sound — 8
This is the first album released by Falconer, a swedish power metal band. It doesn't really sound like most power metal I've heard though, and that's why I like it! There are a few more traditional Power metal blast-beat fast riffage songs, such as Royal Galley and Wings Of Serenity. They do mix it up with a bit of midieval instrumentation though (Acoustic Guitars, native drums, and tambourine) on songs such as Quest For The Crown. My personal favourite song on this Album would be Wings Of Serenity, which has a very powerfull chorus. Although the songs are all quite good, the sound is a bit rough.
Lyrics — 8
Usual power metal stuff. Quests and Fantasy, in all it's glory. Falconer doesn't seem to be too cheesy on this album though, but songs like Lord of the Blacksmiths do offer some pretty cheesetastic lyrics. It's all in good fun though, and Stefan is a pretty talented writer. As for the singing, Mathias Blad is one of my favourite singers of all time. He participates in quite a few musicals in Sweden, so he is well trained.
Overall Impression — 9
This is a great change of pace from the usual power metal albums, because it does slow things down a bit every now and then. Something a lot of bands in this genre neglect. I love how this band can sound legitimitly mideival, due in part to Mathias' voice as well as the instrumentation. A deffinite highlight of this album is the song Wings Of Serenity, as well as Lord Of The Blacksmiths. I am not a fan of the song Upon The Grave Of Guilt, however. The rest are all quite good. If it were stolen, I would buy it again in an instant (as well as the rest of their Discography)