Reviewed by Satch on 13 Jan 2002
Lots of lush keyboards, endless technical guitar playing. My 1st impression back when I originally heard this was that it sounded like an all instrumental Focus. These guys were well trained on their instruments, and liked to play some fast and technical compositions. Very symphonic, very fusiony. They have very long drawn out songs, Epics I guess we should call them! They seem to try and tell their stories instrumentally, starting slow generally and upping the tempo mid-way to keep your attention and then usually a crashing finale. I Highly suggest all of their recordings, especially if you are a fan of bands like Focus, Finnforest, Pekka Pohjola. My only complaint is that they are not recording anymore!!
Reviewed by MJBrady on 17 Oct 2002
The Netherlands was not left out of the progressive scene now nor during the heyday of the musics popularity, Focus, Alquin, Cargo, Earth & Fire, Kayak, Lady Lake, Solution were but a few bands that were creating progressive music in the 70's from the small country that seems to be loaded with musical talent.
Finch's music is instrumental, highly technical, and full of energetic musicianship, very fun band to listen to. I would almost have to liken them to early fusion, yet there is a very prevalent progressive rock feel to their music as well, Satches comments of Finch being an instrumental version of Focus are very accurate indeed, as that band also showed the same tendancies towards fusiony progressive rock, and not in any way fusion fans were accustomed to, the elements of jazz are not present in this music, it has a lot of soloing, skilled band interplay, yet rock is the driving force behind this bands sound.
If your tastes lean towards the instrumental side of early prog, and you enjoy some great jams, that also provide some solid structures, this early Finch album is great stuff. Imagine some early Return to Forever & Deep Purple mixed together, with no singers, that's about the best description I can provide at this time, anyway if you have read about this band and remain curious of their music, let me just say for it's day it was great stuff.