Persistence of Memory

by Final Coil

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In a world of ever shifting trends and fashions, where music can be contained in a digital file that can be deleted and discarded at the touch of a button, where it’s always time to move on to the next thing and the value of anything and everything is fleeting, it’s a beautiful moment to find an album that stops you in your tracks. A combination of musicianship, song craft, depth of emotion and attention to detail that holds you transfixed while the rest of the world continues its unthinking charge into oblivion. An album where the lyrics invite thought and reflection and the artwork fires the imagination as the music brings it to vibrant life. Persistence Of Memory is just such an album; an island of colour and beauty in the ever flowing grey tides of modern life. A place to escape the empty noise and remember that things of depth and worth can still be found...

Final Coil began their musical life in howls of feedback and chaos, a raging entity that tore up the stages of endless small clubs as they slowly found their direction. Gradually, that energy and electricity was channelled into smoother paths as the band looked deeper into themselves and their music, discovering how much more their individual abilities could create; realising they had so much more to say, that a fleeting impact wasn’t all they wished to achieve – they wanted to carve musical monuments that would stand the test of time and stand for something as well.


Those first shoots of creativity have now flowered with the arrival of Final Coil’s full length debut album, Persistence Of Memory. Dense, rich riffs are driven forward by pulsing rhythms as beautiful vocal harmonies speak to the heart and the mind of the listener. Fluid guitar leads dance across muscular song structures, painting the liquid steel of the songs in an explosion of colour and emotion. Metallic strength and power is transformed through progressive musicianship, but emotive melodies unlock the songs, opening their doors to all. Deftly mastered by Cult Of Luna's Magnus Lindberg and cloaked in sumptuous artwork created by Andy Pilkington (Flotsam And Jetsam), Persistence Of Memory is a perfect shining jewel of an album.

Step out of the tumult. Take the time to remember the true value of artistic endeavour. Leave the rocky shallows and dive into the unfathomable depths of the still waters of Persistence Of Memory.

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released June 23, 2017

Produced by Wahoomi Corvi at Real Sound Studios, Langhirano, Italy.
Mastered by Magnus Lindberg
Artwork by Andy Pilkington for Very Metal Art

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Formed in 2008, Final Coil are a metallic grunge band incorporating the harmonies of Alice in chains, the twisted dynamics of Tool and the droning heaviness of Swans.

Brutal and intense, the band play blistering live shows and the 'live with doubt' EP catches them at their ferocious best, with only the melancholic 'Dawn's cold gloom' slowing the pace and spinning off into art-rock territory.
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Track Name: Corruption
Verse 1
She comes into a darkened room
Too late for her you must assume
Corrupted, broken yellow skin
Too long the poison lies within

Chorus
I’ll trade it all (I’ll trade it all)
I’ll trade it all (I’ll trade it all)
Not to live this way

Verse 2
So long you’ve lived this life of sin
Allow the toxins to creep in
Corrupted, broken by your lies
A life you surely must despise

Chorus
I’ll trade it all (I’ll trade it all)
I’ll trade it all (I’ll trade it all)
Not to live this way
Track Name: Dying
Verse 1
Existing
I barely move but I can’t stand to lift a finger
Smiling
My lips they move but inwardly I am screaming

Chorus
This is not the way to be now
I won’t let failure drag me down

Verse 2
Bleeding
The blood pumps out
But my black heart just keeps on beating
Dying
One last glimpse, this earthly life is merely fleeting

Chorus
This is not the way to be now
I won’t let failure drag me down
Track Name: Alone
Verse 1
It's like me to forget
the reason I stayed away
The stress of interference
dragging me down day by day
The hills alive with treason
you don't believe what you say
I've got to do my duty
then we all must go our way

Chorus
Alone x 4
(I want you to need me)

Verse 2
To see you sitting there
I know I must not interfere
The lust of other members
Already is far too clear
With hindsight I should
Just have killed him on that day
To save betrayal
and a debt I cannot repay.

Chorus
Alone x 4
(I want you to need me)
Track Name: You Waste My Time
Verse 1
Never know just what you think.
So out of touch it made me sick.
Your lack of time your lack of care.
You never saw the distance there.

Verse 2
Do you ever stop and think?
The situations you create.
I've wasted too much time on you.
Nothing you say ever rings true.

Verse 3
Your lies have become more ornate.
Turning loyalty to hate.
Alienate the ones who care.
You'll turn around and find no one there.

You think you’re something special Yet we’re trapped in this cage You act like you’re entitled I stand here screaming with rage.
You sit and watch your life pass, while others fight in vain, you waste my time in this hell in which we’re detained.
Track Name: Myopic
Verse 1
Myopic rendering of lies
A whole life-time has passed you by
Let down the ones you love again
An old age slave for short term gain

Chorus
I know what you wanted to be
I know what you’ve taken from me so long
I know what you wanted to be
I know what you’ve taken from me so…

Verse 2
And how did you sink so low
And was there nowhere else to go
A lifetime’s lies have led you here
Life’s twilight intermingled fear

Chorus
I know what you wanted to be
I know what you’ve taken from me so long
I know what you wanted to be
I know what you’ve taken from me so…

Chorus
I know what you wanted to be
I know what you’ve taken from me so long
I know what you wanted to be
I know what you’ve taken from me so…
Track Name: Failed Light
Verse 1
Failed light
No sleep till dawn
Dark night
Ghosts time to haunt
Slow dive
Sink deeper still
Out of sight
Until I am gone

Verse 2
Frost bite
Left out alone
black light
Lost in the drone
Haze clears
One remains near
Return
Hope lingers here

I've waited for this moment too long x 2
I've waited for this moment too long x 2
Track Name: Spider Feet
Verse 1
We're all in it now, no hiding in the darkened ages
If you're not there then you don't exist

Bridge
Feel safe stay away (second time round)

Verse 2
These lines of communication, more open than before
Bewilder the outdated

Bridge
Fear of missing out
Can't keep ignoring change

Chorus
I can't keep up I'm all at sea
Held back by casual urgency
This creeping thread runs rings around everything

Verse 3
Exponential progress leaves us exposed,
To the dark arts of entertainment
The illusion drags us in

Bridge
Fear of missing out
Fear overload and change

Chorus
I can't keep up I'm all at sea
Held back by casual urgency
This creeping thread runs rings around everything
Track Name: Lost Hope
Verse 1
When did I start to feel this old?
Like my future was long since sold.

Stretch away from me
A path I cannot see

I don't know the face that stares at me
Perhaps I've spent too long in fantasy.

The dreams are growing thin
Washed out from within

Chorus
I never meant to end up this way
I don't know that I have much left to say

Verse 2
Relevance is a fleeting thing
We missed our chance at fitting in.

What colour will I bleed?
As night descends on me?

The failure weighs hard with me
And no one else seems to see

I’ve pulled this weight too long,
I never did belong.

Chorus
We're lost in unfamiliar seas
Where virtual worlds dictate whom we should be.
(I've lost hope x 3)
Track Name: Moths to the Flame
Verse 1
Cut off your tongue
Cut off your tongue that taints the hive
Must stop the words
Must stop the cartoon fetish outrage
Don't give them credence, sever all your natural instinct from the hive mind

Chorus
It's not the poison in the pen
Or even pity on the quiet tide
It's the attention that increases all the time

Verse 2
Cut off your tongue
Cut off that tongue that taints the hive
Cut off those fingers
Cut off those fingers that defy
Kill off the source, sensationalist devotees
They hide behind

Chorus
It's not the poison in the pen
Or even pity on the quiet tide
It's the attention that increases all the time
Obese contempt and self-importance we don't need
It's not the poison in the pen
Or even pity on the quiet tide
It's the attention that increases all the time
Obese contempt and self-importance we don't need

Moths to the Flame, moths to the flame
Can't we put it out somehow?
Moths to the Flame, moths to the flame
Ignite a larger fire for now

Moths to the Flame, moths to the flame
Can't we put it out somehow?
Moths to the Flame, moths to the flame
Ignite a larger fire for now
Track Name: In Silent Reproach
Verse 1
In silent reproach I sit
and watch my dreams all torn down
a life controlled from outside
my choices all denied

Chorus
I trusted you to save me
I trusted you to believe
I trusted you to save me
I trusted you to believe in me

Verse 2
I was too easily cowed
I should have held on to myself
the years I spent in turmoil
stripped of all self-belief

Chorus
I trusted you to save me
I trusted you to believe
I trusted you to save me
I trusted you to believe in me
Track Name: Alienation
Verse 1
Never found a way to be
They tear chunks right out of me
Held up high on public show
No one really wants to know

Verse 2
Don't you see they wanted this?
And this isn't one to miss.
I can't hold my grasp you see
I guess nothing's ever free

Verse 3
I can't look myself in the eye
I don't even want to try
Compromised and set aside
Can it really be set right.