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2.41 | 23 ratings | 4 reviews | 9% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1991

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Changing Fate (4:56)
2. The Time Has Arrived (4:44)
3. Across The Room (5:02)
4. Outside In (4:19)
5. Pangaea's Child (4:52)
6. Full Circle (4:35)
7. Rebellion (6:33)
8. Wind Of Change (5:42)

Total Time: 40:43

Line-up / Musicians

- Brian Donkin / guitar, vocals
- Andy Lawton / guitar, vocals
- Mark Price / keyboards (1,3,4,6,7)
- Tony Moore / keyboards (2,5,8)
- Dave Bridgett / bass
- Arny Wheatley / drums (1,4,6,7)
- Darren Bland / drums (2,5,8)
- Chris Moyden / drums (3)

Releases information

CD Gaia Records ‎- APS 001 (1991, UK)

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FINAL CONFLICT Redress The Balance ratings distribution

(23 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(22%)
Good, but non-essential (30%)
Collectors/fans only (35%)
Poor. Only for completionists (4%)

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Review by Tarcisio Moura
2 stars I had a feeling this CD was different from the rest of Final Conflict's discography.And I found later I was right. After buying all their post Redress in Balance output I finally got this CD. From track one onwards two things are very clear: 1) all the basics elements of FC sound are right here and 2) they had yet to find their own style. The two vocalists were already doing their trademark exchange leads in a very harmonic way they still do. Subtle and yet very effective and original. The excellent musicanship shows through, specially during the guitar solos. However, the songs are not up to level they would soon achieve in latter CDs. In fact, very soon. Next year's Quest would show the band improving so much that Redress the Balance sounds almost like other band trying to emulate Final conflict!

So if you're not familiar to FC sound, this is not the CD to start. It's not bad at all, but their songwriting here is way below their average stock we know and love. It's almost a blueprint of things to come. Certainly the arrival of keyboardist Steve Lipiec would improve a lot their sound and I believe he was the missing piece for the perfect FC chemistry to work So I think this CD is for the one's who already have the rest of the Final Conflicts discography and want to know how they started.

Review by progrules
3 stars I don't know much about this band, I only have this album in my possession for a long time. I played it a couple of times when I just bought it but wasn't really impressed. It's not bad but nothing significant here. The songs are more or less alike sometimes some nice guitarriffs but no outstanding performance at all. Wind of Change is the most striking song, a little bit commercial but nothing real special.

In the discography I noticed they made a couple of albums later on, probably improved somewhat but never became a highflyer in the progscene. Just what I had in mind. I give this 3 stars because it's not bad or ugly music (2.75).

Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars Final Conflict already recorded two albums prior to this one : "Channel 8" in 1987 and "The Time Has Arrived" in 1989. They were released on the band's own label Future Records but completely disappeared from their discography (this information is available on their official web-site).

So, this album can be considered as their debut one. It is a straight forward melodic neo-prog work. Very much in the style of "Clepsydra" for instance but not as catchy.

This music doesn't hurt of course, but this work sounds a bit flat even if a song like "The Time Has Arrived" shines out. This is absolutely not the case for "Across The Room" : an infect, syrupy and easy listening pop song. Same sort of story as "For Absent Friends" (the Dutch band).

But the whole album is not as weak. Some irruption into a more heavy style ("Pangaea's Child") at least breaks the uniform mood of "Redress The Balance". This is also noticeable during "Rebellion". By far the best track from this work. Sounding almost metal at times, but melodic as well. The guitar play is particularly well crafted. The highlight.

But consistency is not the rule here. The next "Wind Of Change" is again on the weak side (if you would except the wonderful guitar again).

This is not a great record. It should please guitar fans, but don't expect the long and passionate "Pendragon" ones. It is an average debut. Two stars.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
2 stars The time had not yet arrived

Redress The Balance was Final Conflict's first CD release even if they had already released a couple of cassettes in the 80's. They were still a long way from their prime at this point and only traces of the progressive greatness they would achieve with later releases can be found here. This sounds like 80's Hard Rock with progressive touches here and there. I'm reminded of Gary Moore's Hard Rock days and maybe something from the Deep Purple family tree in the 80's. The vocals often remind me of Moore and Glenn Hughes.

Final Conflict later developed their own style and identity, but on this first album their music is mostly rather unoriginal and even a bit anonymous. The songs are not very elaborate and almost all of them are between four and five minutes in length. Two of the songs were previously familiar to me from the band's 2006 album Simple that featured several re-recorded songs from the early days of the band i.e. from the mid 80's to the early 90's. These two songs are the lovely acoustic Pangaea's Child and the great rocking Rebellion. These two are indeed among the best songs here, but the re-recorded versions found on Simple are much better. Rebellion in particular lacks punch in the present version and simply pales in comparison with the new version.

Some of the songs work well as Hard Rock numbers, while others fall a bit flat. The opener, Changing Fate, is a song in this vein and even if it is a decent song, I'm certain that many Prog fans will find it utterly undemanding and even a bit clichéd. It reminds me of Gary Moore's After The War but without the strong chorus of that song. The Time Has Arrived is better with some slight Neo-Prog touches and a few hints of things to come on later albums. Across The Room is more of a Pop song and does not appeal to me as much even if it might be the strongest number of the album from a vocal point of view. Outside In too is rather poppy with some synth stylings. Full Circle indeed comes full circle and returns to the Hard Rock style of Changing Fate. A better song is the closer Wind Of Change with its tasteful guitar lines and lovely harmony vocals. If they ever go back to revisit further songs from their past, this is one to consider maybe together with The Time Has Arrived.

The sound of this album is not bad, but hardly optimal. The keyboards and particularly the drums have a slightly artificial sound. Redress The Balance is not at all a poor album and there are indeed some good moments here, but it does not stand up very well among the rest of the band's output. As such this is primarily recommended for fans and collectors.

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