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3.12 | 26 ratings | 3 reviews | 12% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Solitude (7:41)
2. Rebellion (5:33)
3. The Janus (6:12)
4. Channel 8 (7:33)
5. Pangea's Child (4:54)
6. The Following (5:33)
7. All Alone (8:15)
8. It Should Have Been Simple (10:46)

Total Time: 56:28

Line-up / Musicians

- Brian Donkin / electric guitar, vocals
- Andy Lawton / electric & acoustic guitars, vocals
- Steve Lipiec / keyboards, sax, backing vocals
- Chris Chalk / bass, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
- Chris Moyden / drums, percussion

- Dave Alexander / drums & percussion (8)

Releases information

Artwork: Paintings by Chris Moyden

CD Gaolhouse ‎- GAOL CD 002 (2006, UK)

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FINAL CONFLICT Simple ratings distribution

(26 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
Good, but non-essential (27%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
Poor. Only for completionists (8%)

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Review by Prog-jester
3 stars Good, but not that kind of Neo we all used to. Neither MARILLIONish nor Modern- sounding.

FINAL CONFLICT sounding like a Hard-Rock/AOR band, very melodic and filled with drive, but they use some Prog elements - changing themes, some "signatures" etc, but their approach is mostly Hard/Heavy-like. Think of OZZY meets ILUVATAR, that kind of thing. Recommended, if you're a fan of good old melodic Hard Rock or related bands like ASIA or PANGAEA.

Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars This album is a collection of re-recorded songs from the band's career (most of them unreleased or very rare).

From their very first album released in 1987 (available on cassette only), the title track "Channel 8" is featured on this compilation effort. Two songs comes from their debut CD "Redress The Balance", namely "Rebellion" (the best track form this album IMO) and "Pangea's Child".

As the latter, most of the music here is rather heavy/aggressive. But so was the original version of "Pageant".

Since the band didn't release any new material for three years, they released this compilation in awaiting of a true new album. Maybe that they lacked some steam to compose "original" music. This compilation is not extraordinary (but none of their album were).

"All Alone" from their album "Quest" is very much predictable but still is the best that the band has to offer here. Pleasant melody and a very good and inspired guitar solo. It was also my fave from this album; so no better choice was available.

The closing number It Should Have Been Simple starts as Space Oddity from whom you might know (after the spacey intro) and then enters in some sort of different short themes/parts. Some guitar moments are really pleasant to listen to, but this long song is rather chaotic.

All in all this is an average album. Not good enough for the three star rating, I'm afraid.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
4 stars Simply great!

When this CD finally found its way into my hands, I already knew most of the songs. Some of them are available for free streaming on the band's MySpace page and others were featured on the excellent live DVD Another Moment In Time. Simple was released in 2006, but several of the tracks are re-recorded versions of much older songs some of which were written in the early days of Final Conflict's history i.e. in the 1980's before the release of their first proper studio album in 1991. Two of the tracks here are re-recordings of songs that were originally released on that debut album, called Redress The Balance, and another one was originally featured on the band's second official album, Quest. I have not heard all of the original versions of these songs (yet), so I cannot compare them as such. But these versions are great, that much I can tell you! The only three songs that I had not heard before are Channel 8, Pangea's Child and the ten minute plus closer It Should Have Been Simple. These songs live up to my expectations and fit in nicely among the previously familiar - to me, that is - rest.

The sound of Final Conflict is not your typical Neo-Prog. Rather, this is hard edged Rock with strong melodies and strong progressive aspects. Arena might come to mind occasionally, but the twin lead guitar and dual lead vocal approach of Andy Lawton and Brian Donkin gives Final Conflict a sound all of their own with also a strong presence of electronic keyboards, piano, acoustic guitars and harmony vocals. The focus lies distinctly on strong verses, progressive arrangements and great guitar and keyboard work rather than on catchy choruses. The keyboards are handled very well by Steve Lipiec who also provides some discrete saxophone lines to a couple of the songs.

This music is perhaps not genuinely groundbreaking nor truly unique, but Final Conflict is not imitating anyone as such. They have managed to carve out their own little niche somewhere between classic Rock, heavy Rock and Neo-Prog. There is a "classic" feel to the album, but it is not at all "retro" Prog. It is simply my type of music!

The album opens on a high note with Solitude which begins in an almost New-Age-like vein before it builds towards a potent guitar attack mediated by a strong somber vocal. A great way to open the album. Rebellion follows and picks up the tempo quite a bit - a powerful and quite heavy rocker this one with some very nice instrumental breaks. The Janus opens like a ballad with just piano and vocals, but some passages features a wild and theatrical vocal performance more typical of British Neo-Prog and as such it stands out as being different from the rest of the songs. Channel 8 is a more relaxed number similar to Solitude with acoustic guitars and a steady beat, this one is not among the best songs here but it gives an appealing diversity to the album as a whole. Pangea's Child is a better acoustically based song. The Following and All Alone are two of the album's strongest cuts with strong melodies and vocals. Finally, the nearly 11 minute closer takes us through most of the elements of the band's sound within a single track. We are treated to great melodic lead guitar and keyboard work throughout the whole album.

Deciding on a rating for this album was indeed simple for me. A solid four stars. Final Conflict is an overlooked and underrated band in my opinion and Simple is an album well worth checking out.

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