The Butterfly Effect
Final Conversation of Kings


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
January 12th, 2009 | 62 replies | 10,323 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A confident, free flowing collection of songs that represents some of the year's strongest alt rock.

That Final Conversation of Kings is a particularly endearing record shouldn't come to much of a surprise. After all, The Butterfly Effect have quickly developed a reputation for delivering some of most consistent material the Brisbane rock scene has to offer. The band's third record not only continues this trend, but also sees The Butterfly Effect explore a few new musical ventures without drastically altering their traditional sound too much. In essence, it's almost exactly one would expect from a band that has grown and bettered itself with each release.

Final Conversation of Kings opens with its most atypical track. One of the album's more controlled pieces, "Worlds on Fire" opens with a rolling keyboard line reminiscent of a Muse song. Backed by singer Clint Boge's best Matt Bellamy impression, the track builds up into a crescendo of power chords and wailing vocals. A soft trumpet interlude provides a brief intermission before the song repeats that same rousing build-up. Exhibiting The Butterfly Effect's more progressive elements, "Worlds on Fire" is for the most part lacking in terms of pop sensibilities; yet at the same time Boge's cries of "I didn't ask for this at all" are impossible not to sing along too. With the possible exception of the sickly pop flavour of "Window and the Watcher", the rest of Final Conversation of Kings falls very much in line with recent dredg and Fair to Midland releases. Dark, heavy, yet strangely relaxing all the same, the album manages to vary itself up without drifting too far from The Butterfly Effect's primary sound. "Rain" and the second half of "Room Without a View" showcase the band's more straightforward, aggressive side, while "Sum of 1" closes the album with almost depressing, wistful textures that maintain an intensity of their own.

Final Conversation of Kings might not eclipse contemporaries such as Catch Without Arms or Fables From a Mayfly, but it's an exciting listen all the same. One of the premier rock bands emerging out of Australia over the last few years, alongside Sleep Parade, The Butterfly Effect offers up one of 2008's most engaging records. Final Conversation of Kings sees the band move further away from their alternative metal roots, embracing a more art rock flavoured sound, with some progressive styling thrown in for good measure. The result is a confident, free flowing collection of songs that represents some of the year's strongest alt rock.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Cesar
January 12th 2009



2732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Review could have used a bit more meat u know, but good otherwise. I've heard Begins Here (didn't really like) and this one from the band.

I think this one is quite good and definetly better than Begins Here for me.

Also want to say that both the albums you mentioned and recommend, Catch Without Arms and Tales of a Mayfly, are both excellent albums, especially the second one.This Message Edited On 01.12.09

PayneTiger777
January 12th 2009



4389 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love all the albums by TBE, but this one was my favorite. I finally got Begins Here even though I already heard all the songs off of it before and I thought it was really good. This is a very good album and one of my favorites of 2008.

AtavanHalen
January 12th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice sound off, lolz.
As always, well written.

jrowa001
January 13th 2009



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

excellent album. also my intro to the band. their other albums rock hard as well

Vooligan
January 13th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

kewl, TBE's finally getting some recognition on here.

gaslightanthem
January 13th 2009



5209 Comments


not sure i want to look into this really

Mikesn
Emeritus
January 13th 2009



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Understandable...probably not your kind of thing.

Anybody who likes these guys should also check out Sleep Parade. Quality stuff.This Message Edited On 01.13.09

gaslightanthem
January 13th 2009



5209 Comments


yeahh, idk i might dig but hey i've got so many other things to check out so :/
good review though man

Mikesn
Emeritus
January 13th 2009



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You saw nothing.

But yeah, had I heard them earlier in the year they probably would have made my top 20.

AtavanHalen
January 13th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I saw both bands a few weeks ago. Sleep Parade were great, as were TBE.

Vooligan
January 13th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haha, they were number 3 for me, theyre awesome live as well.
nice david, i shall be seeing TBE on Australia Day which shall be awesome.
the sleep parade album needs a review too.This Message Edited On 01.13.09

AtavanHalen
January 13th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You do it.

Vooligan
January 13th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dunno if i should push my luck

AtavanHalen
January 13th 2009



17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Quit whinging.
Also, I want my name in Mammal writing.

Vooligan
January 13th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fine i'll do it.
speak to Ray the whale-tailer, mammals myspace top friends.This Message Edited On 01.13.09

jingledeath
January 13th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cool review.
Never found their older material interesting but this was really good.

Vooligan
January 13th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh and Mike, i know im being picky but that 'rolling keyboard line' at the start of worlds on fire im sure is just glenn playing bass.

handoman
January 13th 2009



2386 Comments


this is kinda growing off me

Vooligan
January 14th 2009



3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thats a bugger handoman, if anything i love it even more than when i first heard it.This Message Edited On 01.15.09

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
January 15th 2009



20856 Comments


Mike, this review seems a little rushed. I prefer when you write at least an extra paragraph on top of what you have here. Plus, there are 2 grammatical errors in the first paragraph alone ("... for delivering some of most..." & "... almost exactly one would expect..."). Other than that, a decent review. I am still to check this album out.



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