Falkenbach

Tiurida

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German multi-instrumentalist Markus Tümmers makes lightly blackened folk-metal under the name Falkenbach; on some of his early records, it was a one-man show, but on 2005's Heralding the Fireblade and this album, session musicians round out the lineup. The six years between releases haven't changed his style much at all; the music has the rolling, tumbling-forward feel of most folk-metal, with softly fuzzed guitars providing a steady rhythmic base as bagpipe-like lead lines (and keyboards) create the melodies; the lyrics are chanted in a sing-song fashion thay gets goofy sometimes, and there's a bit of repetition on the chorus of "…Where His Ravens Fly…" that will remind many listeners of the theme song to Gilligan's Island. The biggest problem with the songs on Tiurida is that they're somewhat harmonically and structurally static. They start out doing one thing, and they keep doing it for seven minutes at a stretch, with no solos or other adornments to provide catharsis or crescendo. There are some interesting instrumental textures here, like the flutes that show up on "Tanfana," but overall, this music won't do much for metalheads who prefer their metal aggressive and/or crushingly heavy, rather than ritualistic and midtempo.

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