Exposé Online banner

Final Conflict — Stand Up
(Angular SKAN 8207.AR, 1997, CD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 2011-06-01

Stand Up Cover art

Stand Up nicely sums up the Final Conflict modus operandi. Out front are the dual lead guitars and vocals of Brian Donkin and Andy Lawton (who I swear is Sean Bean’s long lost twin brother), backed up here by Steve Lipiec (keyboards), Dave Bridgett (bass), and Chris Moyden (drums.) Their sound blends British hard rock of bands like Wishbone Ash with the 80s prog of Genesis. Donkin and Lawton are capable singers and guitar players, and when combined with the arrangements that tend toward minor key rock the album has a very masculine vibe. The proggier elements enter when Lipiec is accentuated in the mix or on those few moments that feature his playing, as in “T230.” The songs on Stand Up — most dealing with issues afflicting British society — are well crafted with fairly conventional verse-chorus structures and enough sticky melodies and hooks that even a casual listen is a rewarding experience. This reissue gave the band a chance to revisit the mixes, though the drums still suffer from a less than stellar recording job. They’ve also taken an already long album and packed it to the gills with two bonus tracks, the first being a re-recording of “A Moment in Time” from 2003’s Hindsight, and a fine, slightly Floydian new song, “Losing It All”, both featuring current bassist Baz Elwood and drummer Henry Rogers. Until the new album arrives this reissue provides an excellent starting point for those interested in what FC has to offer.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 39, 1997 releases

Related artist(s): Final Conflict

Latest news

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Pelt - Técheöd – Here we have three ambient tracks from a not-so-dark trio on the indie VHF label. According to the label website, the title of this album is pronounced "Tay-hoood," but I'm still not certain what...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues