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GLORY OF THE INNER FORCE

Finch

 

Symphonic Prog

4.13 | 123 ratings

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Obersturmbannprogger
5 stars Wow, this is a genuine tour de force ride! This is full throttle 100% instrumental album, which wont leave you many time to breathe. Its my most favourite Dutch prog album too.

Stylewise its a mix of classical european symphonic prog ala their countrymen Focus or Yes and a bit of jazzrock and Canterbury played in a very nervous, fast and exciting manner.

All 4 compositions are in 9+ minutes range. Individual tracks are a mix of many evolving and interesting motives, which are often developing into a bix climax and what is always astounding me is the great cooperation of all players.

There are many breathtaking guitar solos, but they are always underlined with great and inventive bass playing (fat ripping Rickenbacker tone) and nice keyboard background. All musicians are top notch, but especially guitar player Joop van Nimwegen is the real MASTER here. This guy amazes me (i am guitar player too) everytime when i am hearing to the first two Finch albums. Hes sometimes really shredding here, but all time with great sense of structure in solos and natural gradation. Hes really very fast playing for this era, but still without technical imperfections which were often notable for many other 70s guitarists. His intonation is precise and he can play very emotionally too - listen to middle guitar solo in Pisces, its so emotional and full of feeling, that listener could even forget that hes hearing to technically perfect and virtouso progrock. Yes, he is a bit similar in playing style to his colleague Akkerman, but i prefer Joop. Hes faster, more aggressive and sometimes plays greater melodies too.

Bass guitar player is second virtuoso in this band, i recommend this album to bass players too. His bass lines are very inventive and sometimes hes playing unisono fast lines with guitar. Keyboard player (mostly Hammond and electrical piano, sometimes Mellotron and synths too) and drummer are great too, this band simply rocks.

Overall, this is a must for instrumental 70s progrock lovers, its a shamefully forgotten group and this debut album especially shows them in their most aggressive and natural position. One of my favourite 70s albums. I recommend especially the latest 2013 3 CD Mythology edition from Pseudonym records, they remastered the original master tapes and the tone is richer than on previous very average sound quality CD editions. 5 stars!

Obersturmbannprogger | 5/5 |

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