Final Coil – ‘Persistence Of Memory’   23 comments

Mixing decimating riffs, with dreamy, post-rock atmospherics, Final Coil are a Leicester-based band, playing what might be called traditional alt rock. Having come a long way from their humble beginnings, F.C. have developed their sound, from its early American underground influences, to a finer, more traditional English, prog like style, though A.I.C. and Anathema still form part of their inspirations.

2014 saw them release an acoustic EP, including flute, synth and piano sections. Entitled ‘Somnambulism’, this recording showcased the evolution of their sound, with F.C. saving their energised demos of all-out rock aggression for their live performances. F.C.’s independent release, ‘Closed To The Light’ (2015), received rapturous acclaim, bringing the band to the attention of WormHoleDeath. (Their current label). 2016 was focused on the production of ‘Persistence Of Memory’. ‘P.O.M’. Is a versatile, accessible album, depicting transparent, yet stark images of new-age disconnection, displacement and lamentation.

Recorded by Wahoomi Corvi (Way Of Purity, Cre Tura), at Real Sound Studio, Italy. Mastered by Cult Of Luna’s Magnus Lindenberg. Artwork by Andy Pilkington, of Very Metal Art.

Corruption – Introing with a low bass and grinding guitars, in a very A.I.C.-esque style, with much the same kind of melody, that works instantly. There’s an unmistakable, immediate catch to that sound, which’ll get you unawares. Be warned, it’ll hold you in its thrall. This is real accomplishment and pure born for rock stuff. Genuinely spine tingling, these guys are masters of the alt and grunge rock combo.

Dying – Cautious, gradual, controlled deep noted bass intro, again, it’s classic A.I.C. Smooth, dreamy, yet solid. Your soul will feel at home and at peace here. Great rhythms, which just slide right into place. There’s comfort to be had in this song.

Alone – Picking up the pace now, with an unusual key, no doubt hard to nail, but they succeed. Staying with that A.I.C. sound, F.C. really make it their own, with visual imagery, evoked by the sounds. Subtle, fitting slide sections add to the thrill. Well harmonised, precisely timed and making that guitar sing in just the right places. Some rarely heard cymbal techniques create extra effect. That fretwork’s an absolute dream, as is the descending fade-out. Just magic, of the purest kind.

You Waste My Time – Dreamy, intriguing intro, hinting towards ambient realms, but quickly and competently moving into heavier, grungy territory. Softer edged vocals, yet they never detract from the hardness of that grunge flavour. Hearing this is like someone opening a door and admitting you into rock lovers paradise. Truly, truly beautiful. You’ll just want to climb inside that feeling and savour it forever. Ending on a shimmering cymbal hit, it’s absolute perfection.

Myopic – Hitting the harder line now, with that intro, of grinding bass and heavy drums, a slightly sinister edged vocal, lyrically astute and catchy. Soaring riffs, a tasty bit of wah wah and intuitively blended vocal, so well able to flit from one effect to another. Closing on a watery sound effect, adding perfect emphasis.

Failed Light – Opening with a blues-based riff and a looser, space giving feel, slower paced and in no hurry, it gets into its stride gradually and creates a guitar-based fluidity, almost haunting, in its way. Instrumentally showcasing purity of movement, through sound ranges, enhanced by the vocals, when eventually coming in and making their mark. Catchiness pervades again. The intensity builds momentum all the time, as those riffs rain down on you, so addictively. Catching you in an echo chamber of eternal grunge rock heaven, the volume and intensity eventually climbs back down again, till the end. Immense.

Spider Feet – Plucky riffs introing, with a darker edge now and a sinister, creeping sense in their tone, added to by the still soft, yet demonstratively unnerving vocals. A definite ghostly feel to this, lifting, intermittently, but still instilling that insistently haunting note. A practice in conveying disquiet. Ending on a definitive chord.

Lost Hope – Eerie, piercing sound introing here, broken up by the mood guitar, so instantly effective. Moving, in an instant, from disconcerting, to comforting, in perfect harmony. Something very early Oasis-esque resonates through this, but just harder, heavier and more pronounced. A warm, inviting quality lives within these vocals. So tuneful and melodic. The piano just makes it. Ideal finishing touch. Like musical raindrops, hitting you, from above.

Moths To The Flame – Cracking intro there! Fiery, crunching riffs, heavy bass and effortless ease in the vocals. Again, that cymbal work adds an extra something, fitting right in and just giving it that edge. Blending soft and heavy, light and dark and all the imaginable shades in between. Gorgeous twanging guitar solos, you can breathe in and feel, to the depths of your soul. Ending on some falling riff scales, just creating perfection.

In Silent Reproach – Explosive intro, coming to life instantly, firing off riffs that mean business. A classic touch within them soon becomes audible. That disturbing edge creeps back into the vocals next. A clear and simple, but defining message permeates the lyrics. Lending the track a palpable sense, by injecting it into the fretwork, that really defines the emotional impact.

Alienation – Arresting guitar and piano intro, joined by desolate lyrics and vocals, creating immediate impact, in a literal sense. Very profound, stark representation conveyed as devastatingly damaging experiences. Thoroughly plausible and equally palpable. Strangely catchy, despite its darkness and it moves, in such a fluidly competent way, from conveying that darkness, to a faster, lighter sound and back again, bringing real physicality to the sound. Really deeply affecting.

Overall – ‘Persistence Of Memory’ is exactly the right title for this album, since it sums up it’s lasting impression, perfectly. It’s hugely impacting, deeply powerful and haunting, in a positive sense. Going way beyond expectations, it’s a cultured sound, from which the love and passion that’s gone into it positively screams. ‘P.O.M’. Holds every bit as much accomplishment as a highly polished, well produced A.I.C. release. Some people are born with music in their souls and F.C. are amongst them. Make ‘P.O.M’. Your Christmas/end of year must have album. The magic inside it will never let you go.

10/10 **********

For fans of A.I.C., Nirvana, Oasis, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, P.O.D., Nickelback, Duff Mckagan.

Released 22nd September 2017, via WormHoleDeath.

Posted December 22, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

23 responses to “Final Coil – ‘Persistence Of Memory’

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