Mathias Blad is a Swedish baritone and theatrical actor who is best known for lending his vocals to the band Falconer, first on their two earliest albums and again from their fifth album onward. Born in Motala, Sweden on May 29th 1973, he studied musical theatre in Gothenburg from 1989 to 1992, after which he began his theatrical career. Starting in 1996, he was a student at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and graduated in 1999.
It was also in 1999 that he was asked by Stefan Weinerhall, at the suggestion of Mathias' own father, to record the vocals for his new band's demo tracks. Weinerhall had stated that he was tired of the death metal vocals of his previous band, Mithotyn, and wanted a proper singer who could do justice to his songwriting. Weinerhall agreed that Blad's voice would be a great addition to the sound of his new band, Falconer, and the demos were recorded.
His deep yet soaring baritone voice was something most power metal fans were unused to and received mixed reviews; however, the majority of the reviews were positive ones. After reading the many positive reactions, Mathias happily agreed to stay with the band as a full-time member. The band declined contracts from record companies who wanted him to change his vocal style to sound "more like a normal metal singer" before being signed by Metal Blade, a company who would allow them enough artistic freedom to let Mathias sing as he was used to. They released a self-titled album in 2001, followed by 2002's "Chapters From a Vale Forlorn."
The band gained many fans and continued to receive positive reviews, and after the release of their second album, they began being offered tour spots. Although Blad performed with them at Wacken and a couple of other shows, he could not commit to touring due to his career in theatre. It was mutually agreed upon that he would leave the band, allowing them to hire a new singer who would be able to tour. Mathias sang guest vocals on three songs on the next album (2003's The Sceptre of Deception), but had no appearances on the second (2005's Grime vs. Grandeur).
However, after two albums with their new vocalist, Weinerhall and the rest of the band members agreed that the only way to acquire the sound they truly wanted was to have Mathias as their lead vocalist – even at the expense of being able to tour. He was asked to return in late 2005, agreed, and received a warm welcome from fans across the world. Since then, the band has released three more albums (Northwind in 2006, Among Beggars and Thieves in 2008, and Armod in 2011).
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