Review: Finch – Oblivion

September 23, 2014


Review: Finch – Oblivion


Despite a 2 year hiatus -Temecula born and raised, Finch have been a band right at the forefront of post-hardcore since the late 90’s and with good reason.  It came as no surprise when they decided to reform after a 2 year break to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of What It Is To Burn, through this effort they were once again picked up by a labels, Razor & Tie and Spinefarm through which they released their newest and most exciting record to date, Back To Oblivion.

The new record begins with the song Back To Oblivion, a 03:23 epic which opens the floodgates to the album which will reintroduce Finch to the masses. Alex Linares and Randy Strohmeyer provide a duet of guitars through which the beautiful melodies by Nate Barcalow can really flourish. The chorus drills “Back to Oblivion” into your head making sure you’ll still be crooning it 4 hours later. The delayed guitars in the bridge (comparable to the epic ending of Only In Dreams by Weezer) halfway through the song have a beautifully melancholy feel and really gets you ready and set for the rest of the album.

Further From The Few is a good track, dropping two-step beats during the pre-chorus, unfortunately the repetitive guitar lines dragged the overall quality of the song down . Murder Me was another track that really captivated my attention, a slow burner with melodic guitars that suddenly thrusts you into a once again huge chorus, a beautiful halfway point for the album.

Picasso Trigger the 5th song on the album once again brings us back to the usual Finch we know and love with yet more hard-hitting guitar and bass riffs accompanied by long stretches of vocal lines from the frontman Nate but then, suddenly, we return once again to another slow song,

Play Dead. Two Gun To The Temple  was one of the singles released by Finch for the album, it feels like this song has a few similarities to Daisy by Brand New, an obvious radio rock tune which still sticks to its guns. Inferium brings stringed instruments into the equation which really add to the spacey vibe wich ends in a monumental clash of noise, solo included. New Wave is the epitome of how an album should end, a beautifully gloomy guitar introduces an acoustic guitar and slow vocals with lyrics that feel like a way for the band to announce their rebirth.

Finch have managed to stay in control on this record and it really shines through in the quality of the songs and the album as a whole. They have stayed relevant and that’s really important in an ever changing music scene. This record has potential to put Finch back on top and after headlining Hevy fest this year,  I wouldn’t be surprised to see them doing even more big festivals next year.


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