Sometimes bands slip into phases that could be hard for fans, one of this phases may be known as “creative pauses”. Falkenbach also had some kind of creative pause and therefore fans had to wait six long years for a new record, but finally it could be seen on the horizon. Tiurida, meaning “glory”, strives to bring back the old, glorious times yesteryears records. Read on if you want to know, if it was successful!
Falkenbach are still upholding the old fashioned structures in terms of content and so they tell about ancient times, old myths and other epic stories and therefore the orchestration is quite epic as well.
The Intro avails a bugle to obtain your full attention and to guide you into the second song …Where His Ravens Fly… . The transition is really fluent due to the further use of the bugle, which underlines the acoustic guitars and tintinnabulums. The clean vocals are kicking in and after a short period rhythm guitars and drums are backing up and they create an impelling but warm atmosphere. The song should have been charming enough to catch you by no later than the use of long-drawn vocals and keyboard sounds.
The first contrast according the atmosphere is created while the third song Time Between Dog and Wolf kicks in. The warm atmosphere of the first song gets negated by the use of harsh growls. The high depth of atmosphere inspiriting the album is quite consistent. With Tanfana you have found the instrumental song of the record, although you could have imagined the use of vocals here. The song is bypassing the abyss between warm and cold atmosphere through the use of different orchestration, although they share the same basis.
Runes You Shall Know is kept in low- till mid-tempo and creates an embittered atmosphere through the use of clean vocals and long-drawn melodies, which could be described as bardic. In Flames is the most traditional song, due to the use of harsh growls which fund on a broad, epic structure which is peppered by some calm interludes. The last song Sunnavend is also accommodating an embittered atmosphere through the use of clouded vocals and medieval melodies.
The orchestration can be described as typical for Falkenbach. Everything according to rhythm is orchestrated with electrical guitars and so there are acoustic ones for melodies. The usage of tintinnabulums, flutes and drums is nearly as prevalent as the use of guitars and aligned to the situation. The composition is typical as well, as they mainly use one main theme and shenanigans are infrequently used to celebrate insertions. The production is crystal clear, so nothing to say here.
Tiurida is a typical Falkenbach album, a fact that can bear two statements: First of all, all songs are at the highest stage of composition, are really catchy and the alternation on the record is great, but, secondly, there are some melodies or even song structures that are reminding you of old records and are creating a kind of déjà vu. That can be broken down to the tightrope walk of creating new songs, but keeping your style can be very difficult. If you liked the predecessors you will like Tiurida as well and risk an ear if you do not know Falkenbach.
|2.||…Where His Ravens Fly…||07:25|
|3.||Time Between Dog and Wolf||06:01|
|5.||Runes Shall You Know||05:59|
Total Playing Time: 40:19