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Falkenbach

Falkenbach is the one-man black metal project of multi-instrumentalist Vratyas Vakyas (formerly guitarist with Crimson Gates), who is based in Düsseldorf, Germany, but reportedly hails from Iceland, and subscribes to the genre's more epic style, rife with keyboards, Viking themes, and folk music tendencies (a possible reason for making up those unconfirmed Icelandic roots). Active under the Falkenbach alias since 1995, when no less than three demos suddenly emerged (Laeknishendr, Skinn Av Sverdhi Sol Valtiva, Asynja), Vakyas recorded two albums in 1996's ...En Their Medh Riki Fara and 1997's ...Magni Blandinn Ok Megintiri, before turning his attention to his record label Skaldic Art Productions. He finally revived Falkenbach in 2003 and actually drafted other musicians (vocalist Tyrann, guitarist Hagalaz, and drummer Bolthorn) to help out with third album Ok Nefna Tysbar Ty, but he was back to his solo ways by the release of its follow-up, Heralding the Fireblade, in 2005. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi
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saleem.attai e
so EPIC!!! the only music worth being called Viking Metal
every album is pure genius...... . . . . .

all hail Falkenbach.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . son of Odin......
Amazing to think this is one man :)
Aduatuza!
I wish I had known about this earlier
I just discovered this and WOW it's good.
As a fellow musician, I'm impressed
santamoose
It's NOT just the finest of metallurgica l tunology; rather, it is a WAY OF LIVING this life . . . Hail Odin!
Awesome.
But it's totally melodic not black metal. I mean really... >>'
This is boss. ^.^
rilly good
d00dfac3
Falkenbach makes me cream myself.
All of you shut up and lets murder some f**king romans!
viking folk metal....lis t e n to this when I sail my boat up in alaska....it ' s perfect!
Black metal isn't about roots, or influences. Its a distinct, specific sound, flavor. Falkenbach doesnt have it.
Um, sorry, but ANY Metal aficionado will tell you, this isn't Black metal.
I'm not criticizing the music, I'm criticizing the Pandora Bio.
they have much better albums then fire blade
LOL, it sounds like he's saying Oprah, Oprah, Oprah. You know, that Black chick that had a talk show. I doubt he is singing about Oprah though.
Now I'm listening to Heralding the Fire Blade or something. It's great. Anyone who dose not like this licks the penises of elephants.
How come no-one make White-Metal Folk? What the hell would that sound like anyway?
It's hard to believe Brittney Spears helped write some of the lyrics to this. She loves the music but obviously loves money more than passion.
any one who says this is not black metal needs to look at one of the founders of the genre Bathory who used paganism and other influences to make his art same as Falkenbach
dropkick murphy's metal-certai n l y you jest-falkenb a c h is from germany not ireland-wher e v e r your getting your information- S T O P IT !!!
then what the f**k is it-asshithit s t h e f a n ? f o l k / m e t a l it is,sorry charlie...an d fuckking great...
lol no he's not black metal. viking metal, sure. not even blackened folk. it's only blackened if it's satanic lyrics. not paganism.
asynchron
To any who have doubts about Falkenbach's black metal connections, go look up "When Gjallarhorn Will Sound" and tell me that's not black metal. But in honesty, I think music exists in a very liquid spectrum, and these "genres" are just a really clumsy attempt to more simply state what we like. It's all relative.... e n j o y i n g the music itself is what matters....
Blackened Folk/Viking for those who want it pinned down.
@the guy: unless pandora got really stupid, dropkick murphys are definitely on here because that's how I discovered them.
dude pandora sucks the dont have dropkick murphy only murphys its pretty gay dropkick murphy is irish melte there a very a** kickin band
Why does that mean I lose? Seems to me you are merely verifying what I've been saying. I didn't analyze his music by album. It isn't that he combines all these styles into one tho, like you say j7k5m2. Vakyas experiments with each style to greater and lesser degrees with each song.
Bugger this guy is hard to pin down. I'm hearing a bit of doom metal in him, myself.
j7k5m2
old man you lose, he has both a distinct folk metal AND viking style....it all depends on the album and song...on fireblade he mixes both for the first time
Falkenbach is black metal with Viking themes and folk metal tendencies. I must say that he does a bang-up job with it too!
Very interesting. The one song I've heard so far definitely had a folk metal feel to it, so I can sort of see why Pandora chose to play that right after Korpiklaani, Alestorm, and Flogging Molly.
Awesome stuff. Still can't believe it's black metal.
Black metal is more about a dark atmosphere than about harsh vocals and fast tempos really. Death metal will always have the harsh vocals and more thrashy guitars.
Hmmm...this doesn't really sound like Black Metal to me still, though.
Actually, to amend my last, they have some very fast tempo and shrieking songs as well. This puts them Fully into the black metal genre.
Guitar riffs isn't the only element of black metal. True, the tempos are slower and there aren't double kick drums and so on. But it has the shrieking vocals, and unconvention a l song structure. The mood of the music is definitely black in orientation. There are also may solo artists. When they tour they find backup members. NIN is essentially a solo act.
Why does that music guy say he's a black metal artist? I hear no such black metal guitar riffs!
maxhammer200 5
Solo metal band- one guy? Cymbals strapped to armpits, plays bass with feet? sings and has flute suspended from ceiling? Exciting show I bet.
my first hearing, like to hear more.
How exactly did they link this to Flogging Molly, Flatfoot 56, the Pogues, and the Dropkick Murphy's, etc? Pandora employees must be on drugs. Regardless, this guy is f**king amazing!
They need to get everything up! 'Heathen Foray' is playing now. Awesome song, though 'Havamal' is still my fave.
They need to get the other albums up
Cool primal band.

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