The winds of doom sweep across this pleasant land
With a sound of prophecy of darker times at hand
Heedful enlightened rule slips into the void
Out from the shadows steps a cranky boy

Falconer was a Swedish power metal band active from 1999 to 2020. The band is known for their unique theatrical sound that fused power metal with Nordic folk and medieval music. The band experienced 20 years of massive success despite the fact that they rarely performed live. Towards the end of the band’s tenure, the members felt as if it was getting too easy. After numerous successful albums, they no longer felt challenged. They finally decided that they would disband after one last album. They decided that their final album, From a Dying Ember, would be the ultimate send off. The band spent over 5 years writing the perfect album, and the results were beyond satisfactory.

One of the highlights of their stellar final album is Redeem and Repent. The song paints a picture of a world descending to chaos at the hands of foolish leaders. While the not-so-subtle social commentary is nothing new thematically, the band’s unique style makes it seem fresh and original. The lyrics employ a wide range of imagery such as “Heedful enlightened rule slips into the void; Out from the shadows steps a cranky boy” and “Let’s sing the anthem of mental eclipse; As the children play chess with the world”. But it isn’t the lyrics that make this song so great, it’s the exquisite songwriting and musicality. The random switches in meter and feel add a certain theatrical element to the song, making it sound almost like a musical or a ballad from a bard in the middle ages.

I personally like this song purely for musical reasons. In fact, whenever I listened to this song in the past, I have always been so fixated on the musicality that I never really paid attention to the lyrics. So much so that I never even realized what the song was about. For me, the composition is what makes this song amazing. It was probably this song that made me a fan of this band, more specifically, it was that completely abrupt switch at the verse about the scepter that made me love this band. It’s too bad I only became a fan of this band while listening to their final album.

Listen to the track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJOeMmfenU4

Submitted by Prashant Srinivasan Sarkar

Redeem And Repent

Trapped in a travesty of jokers at the lead
Soundtrack to this comedy, a lament to those who read
Honour flanked intellect and fell into the well
Like a child’s reasoning would open the gates to hell

The scepter is stolen by a jester in the king’s court
Beware of his temper, beware of his might
Wise men bang their heads against the wall
Heed the sinister call

Clowns have the word
Fools have the day
Meanings are blurred
As sense flies away

Let’s sing the anthem of mental eclipse
As the children play chess with the world
Hearken the choirs, redeem and repent

The winds of doom sweep across this pleasant land
With a sound of prophecy of darker times at hand
Heedful enlightened rule slips into the void
Out from the shadows steps a cranky boy

The scepter is stolen by a jester in the king’s court
Beware of his temper, beware of his might
Wise men bang their heads against the wall
Heed the sinister call

Clowns have the word
Fools have the day
Meanings are blurred
As sense flies away

Let’s sing the anthem of mental eclipse
As the children play chess with the world
Hearken the choirs, redeem and repent

Clowns have the word
Fools have the day
Meanings are blurred
As sense flies away

Let’s sing the anthem of mental eclipse
As the children play chess with the world
Hearken the choirs, redeem and repent

Let’s sing the anthem of mental eclipse
As the children play chess with the world
Hearken the choirs, redeem and repent

Redeem and repent
Redeem and repent