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Armod [Import]

Falconer Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Jun 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Metal Blade Records
  • ASIN: B004Z34PEK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. 26 April 2012
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Ignore the other reviewer's comments, moaning that it's sung in Swedish. So what? If you like death metal you cant understand it half the time anyway ,it's the music what counts, and these boys sure know how to play their instruments. Heavy , diverse and catchy, these guys deliver the goods. Mixing folk metal, heavy metal and blast beats, these guys kick serious butt. Beautiful melodies and harmonics throughout, heavy riffing and some fantastic drumming, there is not one bad thing about this cd. BUY!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 July 2014
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Brilliant, this is their best album.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Why not sing in english? 25 Oct 2011
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Would be a good album ,just like the earlier cds,but they sing in Swedish and for the ears that is on ugly language ,if you do not understand.It is a slap in the face to all the fans around the world.I do not care if they release this in Sweden but for the world ,they should have done it in English. Do they want to kill their carrier?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something bold and new from Falconer 23 Jun 2011
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
Swedish power metal band Falconer is back with a new album, and one that is sure to shake up their existing fanbase. Armod - the band's seventh release - is the first Falconer album to be sung entirely in the band's native Swedish. Now this might not raise eyebrows in the death and black metal genres, but it's a pretty unusual move for a power metal band.

I have to admit I lost interest in Falconer after their first two albums. I liked the band's folk-infused take on the power metal genre, and vocalist Mathias Blad has a very unique voice, but the band's albums got to be a little too repetitive for me. Armod, on the other hand, caught my attention from the start and had me riveted throughout. It's not just the Swedish vocals, which definitely stand out and give the songs a more authentic folk feel. Armod just seems to be a more adventurous Falconer album altogether. The typical folk melodies and power metal rhythms are now balanced by tranquil acoustic passages, furious blastbeats and almost ritual-sounding vocals, recalling folk metal bands like Tyr and Vintersorg as well as pre-Falconer incarnation Mythotyn.

And yes, the vocals are in Swedish, so the lyrics are a mystery and you can't really sing along. I'm sure this will irritate some Falconer fans, but I got used to it from Vintersorg, and I think it really suits Falconer's music.

Armod is easily Falconer's most adventurous album to date, and while not all fans will be happy with the change of direction, it should appeal to the band's more open-minded listeners. It may even win back fans like me who had let Falconer drop off their radar. Fans of bands like Tyr, Vintersorg, Borknagar, Elvenking and even Amorphis should also get a lot out of an album like Armod.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Falconer to date 6 Sep 2011
By hr - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the album I've been waiting for since 2001, when Falconer released their self-titled debut. Mathias Blad was undoubtedly a breath of fresh air at that time, when most power metal singers yelled a lot more than they sang, but when I heard the bonus track, Per Tyrssons Döttrar i Vänge, I knew right away Falconer's music was meant to be sung in Swedish, not English.

Don't get me wrong. I love Falconer's English songs, but Blad's deep, soothing, bard-like voice seems to transform when he sings in Swedish, and the songs themselves sound much more elegant and beautiful. (Indeed, if there were one man who could make Swedish a romance language, it would be Blad!) Partly, I suppose, this can be explained by maturation of the band and the subsequent clarifying vision of Weinerhall, which is what we get with Armod, an album rich in melodies, aggression, and folk-inspired riffs that seem to move to Blad's voice, not vice versa like in Falconer's previous albums.

Even in their last album, Among Beggars and Thieves, I felt that Blad wasn't necessarily commanding each song the way Weinherhall was (e.g. Mountain Men, Pale Light of Sliver Moon). On Armod, however, Blad virtually assumes the role of an instrument, seeming to outshine Weinerhall's excellent songwriting (which is quite a feat in itself), but upon further listens, one realizes the two in fact are inseparable and work in unison like two actors in a play, which makes sense given Blad's background as a theater actor.

Although power metal isn't typically associated with aggression, Falconer has never come off as typical, straddling the borders of several genres, particularly melodic death (Arch Enemy, Children of Bodom, old In Flames), neoclassical (Rhapsody, Iron Mask), and good old traditional heavy metal. Armod continues down this path and improves upon everything from Among..., particularly the folk department and just about everything that kicked so much butt in the songs, Man of the Hour and Vargaskall. Armod is diverse, heavy, and always conscious of its melodies in the presence of Blad's voice so that one senses more fluidity in the overall album. I didn't think Among... could be outdone, but clearly I was wrong.

Indeed, Weinerhall explicitly made clear he sought to emphasize and elaborate on the folk elements of Falconer, and the Swedish vocals are truly the mediating force that makes this possible, as something is decidedly lost in English phonetics and subsequent translations. I've always thought that bands should work in their native languages to stay as true to their inspiration as possible, and Armod is resounding evidence of this. (Vintersorg comes to mind as well, as I thought his music became less interesting as he switched to English, yet his new fully Swedish album, Jordpuls, is an absolute monster!) The direct connection to Swedish folk tales, mythologies, and historical events is indeed much stronger on this album even though non-Swedes may not directly understand what's going on, yet for reasons I can't explain, it certainly feels like one could understand just by listening, which to me, is what makes music so special and unique from the written word.

How, then, could Falconer possibly top this giant of an album? It certainly seems a tall order, but I was proven wrong before and I want to be proven wrong again. Even during Weinerhall and Larsson's Mithotyn days I asked myself this very question until one day Falconer materialized out of Mithotyn's dissolution. Indeed, the pair certainly does have a knack for surprises, as does the rest of Falconer for that matter, and I'm sure the next album will be just as well crafted as this one.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Classic 5 Oct 2011
By T. Cox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Some albums blow your mind with crazy innovation and musical acrobatics, but after several spins the novelty wears off and you realize there is little substance.

This is not such an album. Rather, you get steadfastly solid, enjoyable, tasteful, catchy, heavy, listenable songs from start to finish. It has real staying power; of all the albums in my car CD player's rotation, I keep coming back to this one. Somehow it doesn't get old, maybe because the melodies are based in classical / medieval / folk style which has lasted through the centuries. This album just sounds more mature, real, and classic than most power metal releases I've heard. Probably helps that I can't understand what they're singing.

The guitars and solos are complex and impressive, but they are so musical and consistently progressive from song to song that one can easily take them for granted. Falconer's strongest point is their songwriting, the sheer musical elegance of it; great use of counterpoint. I also really appreciate Blad's vocal style, and his wife's vocals too, wish there was more of her on this album. Mr and Mrs Blad are just so melodious and -- not a frequent complement in metal -- pleasant sounding. The contrast between the theatrical bard-like vocals and the progressive drums and heavy guitars, it just works. High pitched power metal singers are common, but medieval baritone style singing, that's different.

Final words, the production is crisp and heavy, mastered a bit strong in the mids and light in the bass, but that creates greater overall clarity; I think the production is very good, maybe the best of their discography. The guitar sound is awesome. There are violins, flute, church organ, classical guitar on this album, but 90% of "Armod" is flat out heavy metal. If you're a fan of *music* in the truest sense of that word, definitely pick up this album.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweden rocks 23 July 2011
By Metal Queen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I agree with the prior reviewer...this may not be their most accessible album since it is all in Swedish but who am I to say...I can't understand the lyrics of death metal half the time so that may not be that important. What is important is the musicianship is incredible and diverse. In fact much better than the (Another point I also agree with prior reviewer) repetitiveness the last couple of Falconer releases. Not that they are bad..at all, but this is a great twist. And the more i listen to the music...Swedish may well be the only language that does this music justice. So there...power metal viking fans. Ear candy either way.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Work 15 Sep 2011
By C. Margarit - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice work for a metal disc in 2011's... conceptual disc in vogue with folk label. Good work with guitar, Blad especial as always.
totally recomendable probably one of the 3 best works of these guys from sweden
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