Finbar - The Elements

Saturday 1st August 1998
Finbar - The Elements
Finbar - The Elements

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 9987-10679
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Just discovered this gem of an album which was recorded back in 1994!  Finbar O'Hanlon is a multitalented and multitracking pyrotechnic guitarist who works as a three-piece fronting Finbar with support from drummer Simon Bailey and bassist Andy Artwill.  However, the music on this album stretches so much further than simply being a power rock trio.  This is in the best tradition of prog rock, from the crunching opener "Solomon's Vision" which allows you to savour some pretty electrifying guitar playing in the tradition of one Edward Van Halen before breaking down into plenty of thunder effects and some gorgeous acoustic work.  So, ok three tracks in, I'm thoroughly impressed, this Finbar geezer can play the guitar!!  This album is instrumental with some vocal samples here and there but mainly it's Finbar larging it on guitar all the way! Excessive?  Yeah probably!  But then there's the understated acoustic beauty of "Dew" and the humour of the intro of "Cliché" which explodes into a heavy bit of blues incorporating some great harp playing!  And some Keaggyesque echoes on "Interlude".  Basically, if you're into rock guitar, then it's worth investigating this!

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Reader Comments

Posted by Dean Joyce in Terrigal @ 10:42 on Oct 29 2007

Hey Finbar
I was talking about you the other day when I played the elements for some friends, they were blown away by your guitar as I knew they would. So, I thought I do a google to see if you produced a follow up and I cant find one, but I found a lot of good feedback for the elements as should be.
Keep rocken dude, from DINGO...

Posted by Chris Ashby in Copacabana @ 23:21 on Jan 31 2007

I enjoy listening to your music, my favourites are solomons vision and goliath. I love your cd so much i have deleted all tracks from my pc - you are such an amazing artist, i cannot live with the thought that perhaps the files have been copied. Please can you send me a link as to how i can legitamately buy your cd, because i support you and your amazing talents. I would love to buy it as soon as possible.

Posted by Jordi Sharpe in nsw @ 03:15 on Dec 30 2006

hi finbar it's Jordi Sharpe i'm kristen's friend i was at her house the other day and i think your music rockz!!!

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