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28th October 2010


Metal Mind Productions is proud to present the re-release of 'Stand Up' - the third full-length album by Final Conflict, an internationally acclaimed progressive rock band from Stoke-On-Trent, UK.

The album, originally released in 1997 by German label Angular Records, quickly gained an 'out of print' status and became a highly desired item on such sites as Ebay. This exclusive re-release takes another glimpse at this truly talented band.

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Final Conflict was formed in 1985 by founder members Andy Lawton and Brian Donkin, The band has established their own distinctive style of music and has been recognized for this worldwide. The line up of experienced musicians features the dual guitar and vocal talents of Andy Lawton and Brian Donkin, the magical keyboard skills of Steve Lipiec, and the two newest recruits to the band - Barry 'Savage' Elwood on bass guitar and the very talented Henry Rogers on drums and percussion.

The band's debut album 'Channel 8' was released in 1987, closely followed by 'The Time Has Arrived' in 1989, both on the band's own Future Records label. They then signed to GAIA Records and released 'Redress The Balance' in 1991, followed by the concept album 'Quest' in 1992.

The band then signed to Angular records in Germany and in October 1997 the next album 'Stand Up', probably their most well-known album, was released. The 4th CD album 'Hindsight' was released on the band's own Gaolhouse label at the end of 2003, and was widely reviewed as the best FC album yet. FC then started work on the next album 'Simple'.

A celebration of 21 years making progressive music, it features completely new recordings of the highlights from the first two cassettes and CD albums, along with much new material intended for release in 2005. 'Simple' was sadly delayed due to the unfortunate death of drummer Chris Moyden after losing a long battle with cancer. His loss was a great blow to FC both personally and musically.

'Simple' was eventually released in December 2006 to widespread critical acclaim. During 2007 and 2008 FC gigged extensively both in the UK and abroad, and continued to generate an increasingly substantial fan base both in the live arena and on the internet. FC's success was acknowledged in 2007, when they were nominated in 5 categories at The Classic Rock Society's BOTY awards. They were voted second best band and Henry Rogers was second best drummer.

In 2008, at the same awards, they were presented with the MD's award by Steve Hackett of Genesis. February 23rd 2009 saw the release of FC's first live DVD and CD entitled 'Another Moment in Time', which has received huge critical acclaim and raised the profile of the band yet further on the World stage. 2010 will see the re-release of 'Stand Up', remastered and featuring 2 bonus tracks. The band are currently working hard in their own Gaolhouse Studio, writing and recording their next album entitled 'Return of The Artisan' which is scheduled for release in 2011.

The remastered version of 'Stand Up' includes 2 bonus tracks: 'Moment In Time', a new version of an older track and 'Losing It All', a brand new, previously unreleased track, also recorded in 2010. The new digipak edition is limited to 2000 copies. Metal Mind Productions set the release date for January, 3rd 2011 in Europe and January, 11th 2011 in USA (via MVD).

Final Conflict: Stand Up (remastered + bonus tracks)

1. Stand Up
2. Signature In The Sand
3. Whiteline Highway
4. Wasteland
5. 11
6. T230
7. Days Gone By
8. Miss D Meanour
9. Omen
10. Stop

Bonus tracks:
11. Moment In Time (new version recorded in 2010)
12. Losing It All (brand new previously unreleased track)



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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