Finch - What It Is To Burn (Cover Artwork)


Finch: What It Is To BurnWhat It Is To Burn (2002)
Drive-Thru Records

Reviewer Rating: 5
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Contributed by: ShaneVillainShane Leary
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You can't descibe this album with one genre. This band venture into new land with this album. People will be asking "Is this punk? Emo? Hardcore? Nu-metal? Rock?" All I can say, it is Finch. The album starts out with "New Beginnings," this song is up-beat, kind of a harder pop/punk. The second so.
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You can't descibe this album with one genre. This band venture into new land with this album. People will be asking "Is this punk? Emo? Hardcore? Nu-metal? Rock?" All I can say, it is Finch.

The album starts out with "New Beginnings," this song is up-beat, kind of a harder pop/punk. The second song is "Letters to You". Very catchy, but with some awesome riffs. Next song, "Post Script" is another up-beat song, but with a perfect mix of emo and punk tunes. "Grey Matter" is one of the harder tunes. It is kinda like a roller coaster. It starts hard but one part it is slow and melodic and then turns back to hard. Probally one of the best songs on the album. "Perfection through Silence" another song with emo kinda vocals and a punk beat. "Awake" in the beginning reminded me of some Nu-Metal band but with an add of punk/emo beat to it. It is very catchy and the lyrics are awesome. "Without You Here" is a slower song, but with some very hard guitar riffs. "Stay With Me" reminded me of a harder Jimmy Eat World, that's all I have to say. Plus it is also a great song.

"Project Mayhem", now this is where Glassjaw's influences come into play. It is so hard and raw, and the screams make it sound so perfect. "Untitled" is another rad sound song, it is another one of those rollercoasters. It is slow in the beginning but it gets hard during the chorus. "Three Simple Words" is probally my favorite track on the album. It's a constant beat through the song and then at the part, Nate Barcalow breaks in with some lyrics like "With my hands around your neck, who will stop me now" and from that point it gets harder and faster. Great song with some rad lyrics. "Ender" is like "New Kid" from "Falling Into Place EP." Slow but it gets really hard like some of the other songs and with alot of emotions. Bonus Track "What it is to Burn" starts off with violins and really slow and settle and all of the sudden they break out to a hardcore style of music.

Don't let the fact they switch from emo to hardcore in a heartbeat stop you from buying this album. It is probably one of the best albums this year. One listen and you will be hooked, just like heroin.


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
strizzmatik (August 13, 2008)

This album is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo overrated beyond belief. Watered-down Diet Glassjaw blink-182 and you have WIITB.

Anonymous (June 17, 2006)

Oh, my world. It is ok

Foaming_97 (March 5, 2005)

They have a great vocalist and are now one of my favorite bands. Why does everybody have to get all pissed about emo. I keep singing in reviews stuff like " Its just another emo album,uh oh we're all gonna die because its emo, AAAAAH" shut the fuck up. Emo rocks

AiD (November 4, 2004)

A secure 10 score for a amazing band preformance.
Finch has show'n us that there is fucking burning spirit in this band!

And this time they let it loose completely.
Thanks for a great album.

ObeyYourParents (June 12, 2004)

How on "God's green earth" can a human being rate this record higher than a "one"? I mean I know its full of "heart-felt lyrics", and "bone-crushing breakdowns" (Really, bone-crushing), but come on people. Go buy a Quicksand record or something, or anything with Walter Screl="nofollow" hrefiels. Good golly. At least most of the comments were throughly amusing, as well as the review.

To the chap who said "You don't listen to Heroin", I fully agree. I'm positive that none of these kids have the slightest notion of who there are. Finch. Emo-core?....pshhh.

Anonymous (January 24, 2004)

it'd be a good record if the deftones didn't already put it out 3 times. -Eddie Punchclock

Anonymous (January 7, 2003)

how the hell can some of you not see the emo-ness in the songs? every song has it, but its a good cd. probably best from drive-thru (which almost stopped from buying this.)

punkboy_1 (November 6, 2002)

hard to pen these guys. i love the music but wouldnt call it punk at all. the singer has a good voice and they have one hell of a drummer. overall a good cd. the hardcore punkers wont like

Anonymous (September 22, 2002)

comparing it to heroin...is that really a good thing? i mean, doesn't heroin ultimately lead to death in most cases?

anyway, yea its a great cd up until the end of project mayhem, then the songs go on needlessly for an extra 5 minutes with stupid pointless noises. it really annoyed me.

theyre pretty damn hard to classify, but theyre definitely not nu metal because nu metal blows my hairy bunghole.

and to the dipshit 2 reviews down, the punk community thanks you for exposing the truth behind finch. you'll be recievening a call from dateline shortly

Anonymous (September 17, 2002)

This album is fucking awesome. It blends emo and metal who gives a shit. The only thing that matters is idiot preps won't be listening to it. They just can't handle it. Anybody who disagrees probably listens to dashboard confessionals or that mushy(sp) crap.

Anonymous (August 21, 2002)

I gave what it is to burn a 1 because it wouldn't allow me to give it less. I picked this album up because my friends had all told me how great it was and best buy was selling it for only $7. But when I got home and listened to it, I felt like I'd been ripped off. Every song that I liked was already on the ep. I was also very dissappointed that, despite claims of pop-punk meets hardcore, this was a complete nu metal album that for whatever reason, probably because they're on drive-thru, all these punk and emo kids seem to love.

Well I'm here to expose this album for what it is. A deftones album in disguise. Complete nu metal from start to finish.

Anonymous (April 7, 2002)

Finch is my new favorite band...I stumbled upon "Letters to you" like 4 months ago on the net, and I can't seem to get their songs out of my head..its great. Their drummer is fucking awesome, wow. The review was a little underplayed saying it was pop-punk which they're not. Overall one of the best albums of the year!! Oh....go buy a good album--->Yellowcard - One for the kids. THE BEST ALBUM no contest

Anonymous (April 3, 2002)

Finch is awesome, thats all i have to say, they did a great job putting this plastic together, 10!!! and sidelinedforlife sucks!

Anonymous (April 3, 2002)

i second this comment:
"it's nice when a band can take all the cliche's of a given genre minus the talent and come up with a steaming pile of brilliance like this."

MusicIsMyLife (April 2, 2002)

is it just me, or isn't "emo" short for emotion - not just sappy, acoustic love songs?

Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

it's nice when a band can take all the cliche's of a given genre minus the talent and come up with a steaming pile of brilliance like this.

Anonymous (April 1, 2002)

Finch Rocks... thats all there is to it. This album fucking ruled. It even has a sappy song(letters to you) i told my girlfriend about so she doesnt mind listening to them now.

kluchorama (April 1, 2002)

It's not bad, but much like their EP, a lot of the songs get old really fast.

Anonymous (April 1, 2002)

mark trombino did the impossible...he polished a turd.

Anonymous (April 1, 2002)

You don't listen to heroin.
The reviewer said, "You will get hooked like heroin," not, "You listen to heroin."

Anonymous (April 1, 2002)

Dont worry everyone my review is coming. . .

Anonymous (April 1, 2002)

Sorry, I find no emo in this album. I wouldn't call this pop, punk, "nu-metal", hardcore, or emo. It's just rock. Where do you get emo out of songs like Perfection thru Silence? Seems like everyone who sings their songs as opposed to screaming them is accused of playing emo these days (not that emo is bad....but everything out there is not emo, especially not Finch). And what exactly is a "punk beat"?

Anonymous (April 1, 2002)

"It's like a rollercoaster. It's like, the first song is punk, with some emo in it. Then the next song is metal, with some emo in it. Then you have some hardcore songs, but there's like, some emo in it. Then you have some emo...with some emo in it. Then they REALLY fuck you up, and play an emo song...but with some PUNK in it. It's like a rollercoaster. Or heroin. A rollercoaster or heroin."

Can't we get a little more descriptive than that?
(I'm sorry, I'm being a dick today)

Anonymous (April 1, 2002)

Like its been sayed many times.....

"Good Album, shitty review".

Bla bla bla, leary doesnt know what the fuck he's talking about.

Anonymous (April 1, 2002)

You don't listen to heroin.

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