If you were a child of the late 80’s and early 90’s, like many other impressionable youngsters, you hit your musical maturity around the first few years of the 00’s. Given this, I would bet that Finch’s “What It Is To Burn” may be an important touchstone for you. Finch were an influential member of the Alt Rock movement boom of the early 2000’s along with Hundred Reasons, Hell Is For Heroes and the frightfully underrated Reuben.
Just over a decade and two break ups and reformations later, Finch have returned with their comeback album “Back To Oblivion”. To put it in layman’s terms, it is an album by Finch, which sounds like Finch, for already existing fans of the band Finch.
“Back To Oblivion” is a slice of 00’s Alt Rock with melodic sprinkles of post-hardcore peppered throughout the tracks. As an album it couldn’t be more 2002 if it was eagerly awaiting the imminent arrival of Metallica’s “St Anger”. The sound surely takes the listener back to the time of Sam Raimi’s Spider-man and Queens Of The Stone Age. Although the album is time stamped it doesn’t sound too dated, in fact, by some standards this sound could pass as a new bands first release.
The record is melodically strong and I would be lying to say that some of the songs aren’t still stuck in my head days after listening, particular highlights include the title track which opens the album and punts it into a flying start, and the track ‘Play Dead’ which has a really strong melodic Architects vocal line.
Whilst being melodically strong and delivering the signature Finch song with their blend of Alt Rock mixed with the occasional blast of post-hardcore, “Back To Oblivion” is unlikely to be more than a slice of early 00’s nostalgia for an already established audience. Although their influence is still being heard in bands like Architects it is unlikely that “Back To Oblivion” will resonate with those who aren’t already of the die-hard Finch fan persuasion.