Album Review – Final Coil – Persistance of Memory

Final Coil offer up a quintessentially English take on alternative rock. Formed by frontman Phil Stiles, the Leicester-based band went through the usual trials and tribulations of finding a stable line-up with the one constant being lead guitarist Richard Awdry. Initially rooted in the explosive experimentation of the US underground scene,

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early Final Coil shows were noisy, messy affairs with broken equipment scattered across the stage and waves of arcing feedback left echoing around dark venues with sticky floors. With time, the band evolved to take a more nuanced approach, weaving stately, Gilmour-esque solos into the dense, metallic riffs and experimenting with layers of vocal harmonies reminiscent of Alice in Chains and Anathema. It was this more-evolved musical approach that attracted Jola Stiles; a Polish-born bassist with a jazz background, enabling the band to develop their sound yet further. With Jola in place, Final Coil recorded an acoustic EP that added flute, waves of synth and delicate piano to the mix. A major shift in the band’s sound, the Somnambulant EP demonstrated a newfound maturity of expression although live shows remained adrenalin-soaked examples of pure-rock fury. At the end of 2014, Tony ‘Ches’ Hughes, a remarkably talented veteran of the Leicester music scene, was invited to join Final Coil. His arrival was a significant catalyst and new songs were written at a furious pace, the band recording and self-releasing the well-received Closed to the Light EP in 2015. This EP not only gained excellent reviews across the board, it also attracted the attention of respected label WormHoleDeath and, throughout 2016, the band focused on writing and developing their debut album, Persistence of Memory.

Final Coil - Persistance of memoryThe band describe this album as a darkly compelling tour-de-force that combines crushing riffs with the sweeping, epic grandeur of progressive rock. Persistence of Memory is an eclectic-yet-coherent album that paints a compelling portrait of modern-day dissociation, loss and regret over the course of its eleven tracks.

Recorded by Wahoomi Corvi (Way of purity, CreTura) at Real Sound Studio in Italy, mastered by Cult of Luna’s Magnus Lindberg and with stunning artwork courtesy of Andy Pilkington (Flotsam and Jetsam, Beholder), Persistence of Memory is a rare example of music and art coming together in perfect symbiosis and it looks set to bring Final Coil’s uniquely compelling music to a whole new audience.

A band for whom passion is everything, Final Coil offer an emotional voyage into a heart of darkness and Persistence of Memory looks set to be one of the year’s most adventurous releases.


The Rock Asylum rates this album


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Deb GardnerMy favourite tracks  are In Silent Reproach which is packed with heavy duty riffs and eerie vocals which beckon you to lose yourself within the track, and You Waste My Time, with its melodic vocals and a heavier feel overall it has something for traditional rock enthusiasts to sink their teeth into.

This album drags you into the dark and eerie world of Final Coil and mesmerizes you with its unique take on grunge/alt rock. 

Final Coil are definitely a band to follow. The material they have produced on this album Persistence Of Memory is of great quality, and I feel that there is so much more to come from these guys that you would not want to miss.
If I could ask for anything else from this band, it would be for a little more variety between the tracks, but hey, there’s nothing wrong with sticking to the things that you do best!

Well done guys!

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