|When 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 was a couple of contracts to choose between. Since the demo was recorded with a drum machine Stefan realised that he had to get a real drummer if there would be an album recording to be done in the future. Karten Larsson (also ex-Mithotyn) was no problem to convince to join up with Falconer. Mathias was also enthusiastic to join the band on a more permanent basis since his former appearance in the band had resulted in an overwhelming response from people and finally resulted in a record deal with Metal Blade.
Finally in November 2000 the band entered the "Los Angered Studio" with Andy LaRocque and Jacob Hansen behind the knobs. It was a three-week session for one hour of music, so the schedule was pretty tight. 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, that's why the small line up worked out.
With the success came the wishes from the fans to see the band on stage, thus the band gave the idea a thought. The decision was that, after the next album, they would hire some additional people to fill the line up.
As the summer and fall went by the band rehearsed more material for the upcoming album. The music was pretty much in the same style but with some progress along the road of course. It seemed like 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 of distribution in Japan but that problem was solved with this one. Soundholic was signed to license it and give the Japanese audience a cheaper alternative than an imported album. The new piece that's called "Chapters From A Vale Forlorn" was released on the 7th of February in Japan and on the 11th of March in Europe and in the US.
The band found Anders Johansson to handle the second guitar live and Peder Johansson to handle the bass live. The band played at Wacken, at the Rock Machina and the Bang Your Head Festival during the summer. Big start for a band who hadn't played live at all before.
After this more and more proposals and offers for live gigs and tours appeared. At this time Falconer realized that they would have to continue to cancel tours and gigs in the future for having seeing Mathias' schedule for the next year, they realized that he would not have much time for anything else than his main occupation: theatre and musicals.
So if the rest of the band wanted to take the offers they got, they had to get a new vocalist although they knew that much of the interest in the band was brought just because of Mathias' original voice.
In November 2002 they found Kristoffer Göbel, also the vocalist in the band Destiny. At the same time the live musicians joined the band permanently. During the spring the band wrote and rehearsed new material.
Finally the month of May came and during five weeks Falconer returned to Los Angered to record "The Sceptre Of Deception". The album is according to the band themselves a mix between the two previous albums but with some more unexpected turns in the music. This was also a concept album about a happening in their own motherland. A story of greed, betrayal and lust for power. A lot of guest appearances was added to the album this time too. It has been released on the 6th of October 2003.
Source: Falconer official website [http://www.falconermusic.com/]