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Final Conflict

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3.63 | 38 ratings | 8 reviews | 16% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Stand Up (6:27)
2. Signature In The Sand (5:55)
3. Whiteline Highway (7:17)
4. Wasteland (5:54)
5. 11 (1:54)
6. T230 (7:48)
7. Days Gone By (8:07)
8. Miss D Meanour (6:07)
9. Omen (2:41)
10. Stop (15:12)

Total Time: 68:21

Bonus tracks on 2010 Metal Minds re-release
11. Moment in time (new version recorded 2010)(8:13)
12. Losing it all (new previously unreleased track)(4:31)

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Line-up / Musicians

- Andy Lawton / vocals, electric and acoustic guitar
- Brian Donkin / vocals and guitar
- Steve Lipiec / keyboards
- Dave Bridget / bass and electric guitar
- Chris Moyden / drums
- Kristi Bonfield / additional vocals

Releases information

CD Angular Records SKAN 8207.AR (1997)
Rereleased by Metal Mind Productions (MASS CD 1412 DG, limited edition digipak) 2010 with 2 bonus tracks

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FINAL CONFLICT Stand Up ratings distribution


3.63
(38 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
16%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
50%
Good, but non-essential (26%)
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Collectors/fans only (8%)
8%
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Review by loserboy
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3 stars Excellent 90's English progressive rock band with some real sweet musical touches. In many ways this band has a character not unlike ARENA & PENDRAGON. FINAL CONFLICT are a tight band with some great musicianship and great vocals (kind of reminds me of Geoff MANN). Songs are nicely crafted and offers some great musical passages, without ever sounding light, cheesie or fluffy. Keyboard playing is well done and are quite symphonic throuhgout. This is truely clever music and is a great listen all the way through.

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Posted Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Review by ZowieZiggy
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2 stars If you are keen on surprises, just pass your way.

This album is just a remake of their previous album which was a remake of their previous one. I guess that you have the idea. Another album with some Gabrielesque sounds (solo career), a few very good guitar work (Stand Up), pleasant vocal melodies (Whiteline Highway), some Floydian moments with the intro of Wasteland to remind you Run Like Hell.

Keys will irrevocable evoke Banks while they were three, but so is this Final Conflict album. Signature in the Sand being the worse song here and the best example of what NOT to do.

I have almost reviewed 200 neo-prog albums. And when I had covered the major ones of this genre (the genuine Marillion, Pendragon, Arena, IQ), I must say that I couldn't really find lots of bands who could hold the comparison (although I have a special tenderness for the melodic music of Grey Lady Down).

Final Conflict is no exception. Looking deeply for inspiration (T230). The listener has to wait for Days Gone By to find the second above average song of this work. As in Whiteline Highway, what will catch you is the excellent vocal harmonies : sweet, polished, emotional. But Andy Lawton's guitar work is adding a great touch as well. Pendragon is very near.

I guess that Floyd (later generation) is again on the rendez-vous with Miss D Meanour. Not very original perhaps (these synths solo are definitely too much Banks oriented and somewhat annoying because of their repetition).

I like very much the short instrumental Omen. Fully spacey (almost Tangerine Dream - Pheadra).

When I listen to Stop, the epic of the album, the vocal introduction draws me back in the sixties and Bang Bang (by Cher, but immortalized by Vanilla Fudge). It is another good number from Stand Up. I guess that you could say that it sums up all the characteristics I have outlined earlier on in this review. A fine piece of neo-prog music.

This looooong album (almost seventy minutes) holds too few good songs to be considered as a good album. Two stars.

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Posted Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
5 stars The first (and best) of three great albums!

I started reviewing the albums by Final Conflict in reverse chronological order starting with their most recent studio release to date, 2006's Simple (which contained some re-recorded versions of older material going back to the 80's), continuing with 2003's Hindsight and now I have come to 1997's Stand Up. All of these three albums are very strong and show a confident band with its own musical identity, but I must say that Stand Up is the best of the three. Still now, after quite some time after my initial discovery of this album, I still play it regularly which is a sign of its staying power.

The above mentioned trio of albums differs in style from the band's first two CD releases where they had yet to find their own musical niche somewhere between hard edged Neo-Prog and classic Rock. With Stand Up they found it and this is simply a great piece of work. There is a more serious tone to the music of Final Conflict and it is less theatrical compared to the usual suspects in British Neo-Prog. As I said in previous reviews, the music of Final Conflict is not breathtakingly original by any means, but they have found their own sound - a sound that appeals to me a lot with its strong presence of clean and edgy lead guitars, mellow yet powerful harmony vocals and lots of expressive modern keyboards.

From what I understand, it took the band many years to complete the present album and work on this album began as early as immediately after the completion of Quest which was released in 1992. Stand Up is bookended by two songs that were previously familiar to me from the band's live DVD, Another Moment In Time. The first of these is the title track which is a great song in both its live and studio version. It is, however, the impressive 15 minute plus Stop that stands out as one of Final Conflict's absolute finest and most progressive moments. The band has stated that these two songs are thematically connected to each other with the first one being addressed to the older generation and the latter to the younger. The album as a whole is however not conceptual as such.

What is found in between the closing and opening tracks is no less appealing to me. Signature In The Sand, Whiteline Highway and Wasteland are strong numbers that took a few listens before they revealed their full quality to me. There are some female background vocals on some of the songs which is a bit unusual for the band but it clearly works for the better. T230 is a keyboard heavy number that also features some very tasteful acoustic guitar lines. 11 and Omen are short almost ambient instrumentals that function as great interludes between the more progressive and harder edged songs. This makes the album varied and despite having a running time of almost 70 minutes, the album keeps me interested throughout which is impressive as many albums with such a substantial length simply become too much for me. The tone is the same throughout which makes the album consistent, but there is enough diversity to make the album an organic unity of which each track is a winner in its own right. Miss D'Meanour is another song that was featured on the aforementioned live DVD, it is another good song, but possibly the least good of the album.

As I've also said before, Final Conflict is an overlooked and underrated band. All of the band's three most recent albums (of which the present one was the first) are excellent additions.

I should add also that this album has recently been re-released by Metal Mind Productions with two bonus tracks. The first of these is a re-recorded version of a song that originally was featured on the Hindsight album while the second is a brand new song. Both are very worthy additions to the album and enhances its value even more.

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Posted Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Review by Easy Livin
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5 stars "Stand up, move forward"

I first came across Final Conflict with their superb 2009 live DVD "Another moment in time", which included three tracks taken from this album. Metal mind Productions, who released that DVD, have now secured the rights to re-release "Stand up", the band's third album. Here, it is remastered and presented as a limited edition digipak CD, with two newly recorded bonus tracks. The remastering was carried out by the multi-talented Karl Groom of Threshold.

Originally released in 1997, "Stand up" had actually been recorded some time previously, but the release was delayed when the band's record label went bust. Thematically, the concept of the album revolves around the challenges of life in the current era, but the tracks are essentially stand alone works.

Right from the opening "Stand up" it is patently obvious that this is an album of neo-prog of the highest quality. Groom's remastering brings out the full majesty of the keyboards layers and regal guitar chords, while ensuring that each of the component parts is afforded its own space. Musically, the highlights come quickly from the start, including a superb lead guitar solo by Andy Lawton on "Stand up", some fine backing vocals from guest Kristi Bonfield on "Signature in the sand" and a striking synth burst on the same track.

Further excellence abounds throughout the album, from the heartfelt cries of "Wasteland" to the overt synth rock of the largely instrumental "T230". From time to time we are reminded of other bands who travel a similar road, such as Arena, Pendragon, Pallas and IQ. There are also some obvious influences from the greats like Genesis and Pink Floyd. This is though a band with their own identity, intent on ensuring that their own branding is apparent on each of these carefully crafted pieces.

The original album closes at its highest point with the magnificent 15 minute opus "Stop". Here, the band gather in everything which has contributed to the fine tracks which lead up to this point. These tenets are then wound together to create one of prog's finest epics. The piece rounds off the original album perfectly.

The line up has seen a couple of changes since "Stand up" was originally released, and in order to link the older with the newer, two bonus tracks recorded by the current line up are added. The first of these is a re-recording of "Moment in time" a track from the 2003 album "Hindsight", while the second is a brand new song entitled "Losing it all". The resultant running time for the album is now therefore over 79 minutes.

If, like me, this album passed you by when it was originally released, you will be pleased to hear that it sounds every bit as as contemporary now. This is an essential neo-prog album.

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Posted Saturday, January 08, 2011

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars UK outfit FINAL CONFLICT may arguably said to be among the lesser profiled acts that emerged in the 90's, issuing three albums prior to taking an elongated break, then appearing again a few years after the millennium releasing an additional two full length productions to relatively little acclaim. But following the excellent live CD and DVD issued by Metal Mind in 2009, interest in this act would appear to be rising, and due to that this fine Polish label decided to remaster and reissue their 1997 effort "Stand Up" in early 2011.

Final Conflict made a fine album back in 1997, and "Stand Up" would appear to be something of a forgotten jewel for those who enjoy art rock of the neo progressive kind. Whether you'd like to hunt down the original version or would prefer the reissue will most likely come down to personal tastes first and foremost, but the remastering by Karl Groom and the bonus tracks on the 2011 edition will arguably be details favoring the latter.

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Posted Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Neo Prog Team
3 stars What followed the ''Quest'' album was an exhausting tour for Final Conflict, including dates both in the UK and Europe.During this period they managed also to be signed by Angular Records.The Gaolhouse Studios would again receive the talents of the band for the upcoming ''Stand up'' album.Dealing with social issues, this output was eventually released in 1997.

The 5-year period between the previous and the present album and the mass of live performances seem to have affected positively the 92'-established line-up with Final Conflict appearing here more tight and consistent with directed songwriting, inspired melodies and endless energy.Lying somewhere between PALLAS and JADIS, they deliver a dynamic and powerful Neo Prog with straight rockin' grooves, deep and atmospheric synthesizers and a great ability to switch between sharp passages and more elaborate textures.The new tracks are quite long, having a style which is based on groovy lines, lyrical expansions, decent guitar work and soaring synthesizers with the pompous but rather weak moments of the previous release being quite limited in the sake of a more atmospheric songwriting.Of course there are a few AOR flavors still present, reminding TRISTAN PARK or 2HOT4U, but the overall result is impressive with balanced instrumentation, memorable material and a crystalline production all the way.The 15-min. epic closer ''Stop'' is among the nice tracks produced by a Neo Prog band during the 90's: Emphatic music with great MARILLION-esque guitar work, muddy symphonic keyboards in the background, plenty of lyrical and tempo twists and a fantastic PINK FLOYD-ian outro with a spacey atmosphere, created by the floating organ and the melancholic guitar solos.

A great third effort by Final Conflict with the band apparently being back on track on producing well-composed and highly energetic music.Recommemded.

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Posted Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 3.5 stars really

Third album named Stand up issued in 1997 after almost 5 years since the second one Quest, find Final Conflict a more mature with more intresting material as on previous two albums, who were not quite bad at all in neo prog circles. The line up established permanetly on Quest now is more confident in their skills and tight in arrangements. Stand up is probably among their best album is not the best album they ever made, at least to me. This is catchy consistent neo prog with nice guitars and keyboards, elaborated passages but aswell some more directly parts aswell , make from this release a winner in my book. All pieces stands as good, n particulary bad moments here at all, some forte ones might be Whiteline Highway, or the closer Stop. Still Final Conflict remaining largely unknown in neo prog zone, even they released over the years some respectable albums, in vein of Pallas, Galahad, Egdon Heath and others. 3 solid stars rounded to 3.5 in many places. Stand up is a head above Quest who was not bad, but this time they done it almost perfectly. Very underrated neo prog band and album. Desearves attention, their is some fine music here.

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4 stars This is a solid album full of great prog rock. The production is fantastic, with every note spinning off the disc in crystal clarity, especially right out of the gate on the title track, "Stand Up". The steel pounding, drums, keys, and glistening guitars that open the song are just excellent. The co ... (read more)

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