Falconer is a Swedish power metal band from Mjölby, formed in 1999. Founded by the former guitarist of Mithotyn, Stefan Weinerhall. Falconer carry on many of the traditions set by Weinerhall's previous band and play a style of power metal that utilises folk instrumentation and melody to create a more medieval sound.OriginsWhen the band Mithotyn dissolved in 1999, Stefan went on to what would later become Falconer, with the same kind of melodies and epic lyrics. But now the mind was set on a clear vocalist. After a while a demo was recorded and Mathias Blad was found to do the vocals as a session member.This demo was sent to different labels throughout Europe and after some time there were several contracts to choose between. Since the demo was recorded with a drum machine, Stefan realised that he had to get an actual drummer if there would be an album recording in the future. Karsten Larsson (also ex-Mithotyn) wasn't difficult to convince in joining Falconer. Mathias was also enthusiastic to join the band on a more permanent basis as his former appearance in the band had resulted in an overwhelming response from fans and finally resulted in a record deal with Metal Blade Records.Finally in November 2000, the band entered the Los Angered Recording (now Sonic Train Studios) with Andy LaRocque and Jacob Hansen behind the knobs. It was a three-week session for one hour of music, leading to a tight schedule. The band was very satisfied with the result in this cosy studio outside of Gothenburg, Sweden.The album that was entitled Falconer was released in March in Europe and May in the United States. The response to the album was better than the band had expected, it got very high ratings in most reviews. At the release of the album, the band did not have any plans whatsoever to promote it live, which is why the small line-up worked out.With this success came wishes from fans to see the band on stage. After considering the idea, the decision was made to hire additional staff to fill in on stage after their next album. As the summer and fall went by, the band rehearsed more material for the upcoming album. The music was similar in style, but had progressed since its years of infancy. It seemed that the new album would be heavier than the first.One year exactly after the last studio visit they returned to Los Angered. Nine tracks and one bonus track were recorded and mixed during the 24 days. The first album had lacked distribution in Japan, but was overcome when Soundholic signed to license the new album and give the Japanese audience a cheaper alternative than an imported album. The new piece called Chapters From a Vale Forlorn was released on 7 February in Japan and on 11 March in Europe and in the US.