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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Bands Of The New Millenia So Far, 1 Feb 2003
This review is from: What It Is To Burn (Audio CD)
From the moment the album bursts in with its high fuelled mix of angst, emo, and anger Finch have your attention and by the time it finishes "Letters To You" they have yet another fan. It's not hard to see why so many people like finch. They're one of those bands who you cannot pin a label or genre on simply because they're so varied. Often reminding you of 'Blink 182' but then stepping into their 'Box Car Racer' style alter ego's and then leading into the ranks of 'Machine Head'.
Depending on your mood Finch can be screaming angst-ridden lyrics with heavy guitars supporting their screams or they can be more speaking from the heart emo boys. This is made clear by the two versions of "Letters To You" with the main version sounding melancholy and inconsolable while the acoustic version is a little more uplifting and seeming more optimistic.
Some tracks are plainly just heavy angst like "Grey Matter" and others simply emotive like "Three Simple Words". Other stand out tracks are "Awake", "Without You Here", "Past Script". At the end of the album Finch show their more experimental side with the title track "What It Is To Burn (New Version)" which abandons much of the structured guitar riffs for a more artistic approach, which in my opinion is very successful.
Most of Finch's duality is created by Nate's emotive lyrics being supported by powerful screams. The music is written to perfection with every effort being used to add to the flow and atmosphere of the music, even the screams have some melodic bearing to the music and apart from "Project Mayhem" is fitting to the subject. "Project Mayhem" is another slightly experimental track with much heavy guitars and anarchic screaming and a lot of animosity.
Overall this album has a unique sound and is a high recommend, it's differing styles and punk roots make it enjoyable throughout and the whole album will pass all too quickly leaving you asking for more.
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