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Falcon - 1995 Mystery



ARTIST: Falcon
ALBUM: Mystery
LABEL: Liga Records
SERIAL: FF 606/6000
YEAR: 1995

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Michael Siebert - vocals * Hacki - guitars * Torsten Sickert - bass * Michael Kuhnhen - keyboards * Arne Gröschel - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Take Me Away * 02 Addiction * 03 Takin' It Over * 04 Motorcycle * 05 The Wood * 06 Mystery * 07 I Don't Know * 08 Feel The Tears * 09 Open My Eyes


Background
We all know how bad the mid 1990's was for melodic rock. Major labels were now on the outer, smaller labels and indies now picking up the slack for those bands still eager to keep the flag flying. Over in Germany, everyone was still crying out for a new pomp AOR band to take the place of the sadly departed Javan and Rescue. A couple of bands had a go, one of them being the No Credit Band, who had production related connections into another outfit called Falcon. These German highflyers had an interesting sound - quite heavy handed, with dabbles into old school hard rock in the vein of Rainbow, Lucifers Friend and Uriah Heep, but when they dress it up, then a whole raft of bands come into consideration.


The Songs
Singer Michael Siebert is the guy who holds it altogether, and given that the material only covers nine songs, it's a quick sonic blast which is bound to interest a few of you here. Opener 'Take Me Away' is a good indication of what these guys are about, perhaps even extending the good work already undertaken by former pomp heroes Javan. Second track in 'Addiction' is a rollicking track with loads of hyper organ that would impress Ken Hensley. Oh yeah, this is real good! 'Takin' It Over' changes style and tempo throughout, mostly hard rock but ups the ante to heavy metal in parts, and the chorus gets a thumbs up too. First change-up moment comes in the form of the instrumental 'Motorcycle', which is fast and furious, though the guitarwork of Hacki moves in a Blackmore/Malmsteen direction, giving this an overall neo-classical feel. The tippy-tap piano introduces the 6 minute power-ballad/epic 'The Wood', flouting the progressive rock genre with ease. The title track 'Mystery' could be sourced from one of those cheap 80's Mausoleum LP's with its spoken word intro and manic laughter - but not so. Sure it's a heavy blunderbuss style of track, but the keyboard parps and fills provide the melodic quotient, though the double kick drums let's you know just what the prevailing style of genre is. So too 'I Don't Know', which has numerous side-moments going on, the euro-metal styled lead guitar work, the odd keyboard runs on occasion, and the change-up parts which occur toward the end. Strange. Probably the pick of the bunch is the supremely melodic 'Feel The Tears', featuring a combined guitar/keyboard interchange. Siebert also does his part with some great singing. The closer 'Open My Eyes' sounds as if they've nicked the riff/motif from Heart's 'There's The Girl', but it's only momentary as the song changes direction to become a solid hard rocker.


In Summary
Definitely flying under the radar, Falcon probably got some attention from the fanzines of the day, including the CG Discs catalog and Frontiers fanzine written by Matt Honey and his group of merry men. Falcon reconvened for 1996's 'Chartscraper' (released in Japan by Teichiku), but by this stage had lost singer Siebert and drummer Arne Gröschel, and changed direction to that of a progressive metal band. I suspect that of the two albums, 'Mystery' is the one to obtain. You should be able to find it out there in Blogspot Land or elsewhere..


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#1 | trillion1999 on October 25 2011 16:26:53
I read about Chartscraper or rather I saw those four magical letters combined :Saga in a review and so once more the search was on.By the time I located the disc at a record-convention the jig was up.I understood by then that I really do not like progressive metal.I had bought dozens of discs that did not sound Saga at all to me but reminded me even more of Prog-metal I had seen on TV when I pined for the symphonic prog of old.
 
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