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Final Conflict



2.52 | 24 ratings

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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.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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