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FINAL CONFLICT

The Rise Of The Artisan

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  • 29875
  • FINAL CONFLICT
  • CD
  • PROGRESSIVE
  • 31.01.2020
Fast wie bei den Skywalkers: FINAL CONFLICT S Artisan darf siebeneinhalb Jahre nach der... more

Fast wie bei den Skywalkers: FINAL CONFLICTS Artisan darf siebeneinhalb Jahre nach der Rückkehr seinen Aufstieg erleben. „Rise Of The Artisan“ schließt gekonnt an den Vorgänger an.

Das heißt, FINAL CONFLICT spielen wieder gepflegten Neoprog der für die Band charakteristischen Art. Hymnisch, symphonisch, gerne mit PINK FLOYD liebäugelnd und trotz aller volltönender, harmonieseliger Melodien, nicht zu überladen oder speckig. Die doppelten Gitarren dürfen seufzen, gedrechselte Markierungen hinterlassen und auch mal drauflos brettern. Ohne das metallische Areale aufgesucht würden.

Die Keyboards trumpfen marillionesk auf (frühe Phase,“Life#1“), werden insgesamt sehr präsent und vielfältig eingesetzt, das Piano kommt ebenfalls nicht zu kurz. Die Rhythmusfraktion sorgt für festen Untergrund, der Gesang gehört – wie üblich – zur angenehmen, stimmigen Sorte. Das sehnsuchtsvolle Treiben spricht in erster Linie die Romantiker unter den Proghörer*innen an, die Story um Suche/Sucht nach Anerkennung und Ruhm. Hinweise auf das Wirken der Illuminaten und versteckter, geradezu übermächtiger Puppenspieler, die in diesen sozial vernetzten Zeiten ihre verschlungenen Marionettenfäden spinnen, sorgen für leicht verschwurbelte Gesellschafts- und Zivilisationskritik. Wie so oft, steht hinter fast allem der Wunsch nach Geborgenheit. Darauf ein kleines Schlafliedchen (am Ende von „A Clockwork Echo“).

Die Songs bewegen sich meist im Midtempobereich, FINAL CONFLICT wissen aber wie man das Tempo verzögert oder anzieht. Das sorgt für ausreichend Spannung, auch in Passagen, die sehr vertraut daherkommen. Gemütvoll, herzhaft, liebenswert – kann man immer mal brauchen.

FAZIT: Einmal mehr sorgen FINAL CONFLICT nicht für endgültige Konflikte, sondern sind wieder herzallerliebste Charmebolzen. Melodischer Progressive Rock der gehobenen Sorte, der nicht allzu abgelutscht daherkommt, und den man wohlig zurückgelehnt genießen kann. Knuffige Band, die selbst, wenn sie mal schwächelt, sympathisch bleibt. Kommt auf „The Rise Of The Artisan“ aber kaum vor.

 

Jochen König/musikreviews.de - 11/15 Punkten

 



Final Conflict are an internationally acclaimed Progressive Rock band based in Stoke-On-Trent, in the heart of The Potteries. Formed in 1985 by founder members Andy Lawton and Brian Donkin, F.C have established their own distinctive style of music and have been recognised for this worldwide. The band’s line up of experienced musicians features the dual guitar and vocals of Andy Lawton and Brian Donkin, the magical keyboard skills of Steve Lipiec, the epic Barry Elwood on the bass guitar and the very talented Eden Longson on drums & percussion. FC are proud to announce that the Artisan has returned and will rise again throughout the land.

Rise Of The Artisan

 

Final Conflict; formed in 1985 and much heralded purveyors of the 1980’s neo prog age, return with the second instalment of The Artisan trilogy.

Following on from the highly successful 2012 release “Return Of The Artisan” the “Rise Of The Artisan” continues to tell the story of the quest for fame and artistic recognition in the dystopian wilderness of the social media age. 

Essentially the band has retained its trademark dual vocals and twin guitars coupled with soaring keyboards and pianos, melodic bass and driving drums. With a stunning analogue mix the 10 tracks unfold embracing the listener who becomes as one with The Artisan. 

 

Rise Of The Artisan. Chapter 1: Success

The title track opens the show (literally) and is over 9 minutes long with a heady mix of vocals, piano, Hammond organ, guitar and keyboard solo’s, and wonderful backing vocals supplied by guest female artists. Truly breath-taking!

Life #1. Chapter 2: Sacrifice & ambition

 Opens with a heartfelt message soulfully delivered vocally with multi layered harmonies that grow into the track hook line. Classic FC trademark guitars and dual vocals follow culminating in the high energy conclusion

A Clockwork Echo. Chapter 3: Reflection

Can you see? A haunting intro and solo vocal develop into a lyrical story of memories of puerility. Melodic verses power into the chorus demonstrating the light and shade of the band emotions. Fanfare keys introduce the ultimate hook line before a guitar solo finally screams into life. 

Stop & Stare. Chapter 4: Adulation

Strong bass and key opener with a guitar riff and solo that encompasses the dynamic of this track. Multiple vocal melodies and piano passages, heavy guitar and synth riff explain that it really is OK to stop and stare

A River Of Dreams. Chapter 5: Contemplation

Acoustic driven track including twin vocals and a vintage analogue feel. Stunning key’s passage and huge guitar solo leave a lasting sense of the drama that is unfolding.

Four Domains. Chapter 6: Contradiction

A rhythmic fusion of bass and drums take this track into a different direction as a solitary domain interrupts and asks the question “Is it you or is it me?”. Opening into a wide space the drama continues with lush keyboard passages that wrap around the vocal performances. A guitar solo crashes into a different domain where twin vocals portray the anger and regret of a shattered delusion

This Pulse. Chapter 7: Anxiety

A piano and vocal tracked melody lead into a guitar riff aided by a pulsating drum and bass line. Driving through passages of symphonic sequencers the robotic pulsing of the rhythm section and ever-changing vocal melodies make for hypnotic listening. 

Lights. Chapter 8: Conspiracy

A huge guitar led introduction, moog keys and stunning dynamics take centre stage. Twin vocals alternate between verses with question and answer delivery. Harmony guitars add colour with a lyrical content pleading for us to “look at the World that we create”. Soaring razor sharp key’s make way for the final vocal message.

The Door. Chapter 9: Indecision

Beautiful swirling piano’s and strings, pure guitar and vocal harmonies all held together by a bass and drum collective, this song offers the perfect reflection of melody and dynamics delivered as the penultimate album track. 

Breaking The Cycle. Chapter 10: Prelude

The Rise is over. The fall has begun.

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