FC (band)

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Final Conflict
Origin England, Stoke-on-Trent,
Genres Progressive rock, neo-progressive rock
Years active 1985 (1985)–Present
Labels Metal Mind Productions
Website www.fc-music.com
Members Andy Lawton
Brian Donkin
Steve Lipiec
Henry Rogers
Barry Elwood

FC, originally named Final Conflict, are a British neo-progressive rock band based in Staffordshire.

Band members[edit]

Current line-up (as of November 2008)

  • Brian Donkin - Vocals, guitars
  • Andy Lawton - Vocals, guitars
  • Steve Lipiec - Keyboards, saxophone, backing vocals
  • Barry Elwood - Bass, guitars, backing vocals
  • Henry Rogers - Drums


Final Conflict were formed in 1985, by Andy Lawton and Brian Donkin. After the release of two cassette albums the band was signed by Gaia Records and the band's first CD album Redress the Balance (1991) was released, based around a loose ecological theme and featuring a number of guest musicians. The band's second album, Quest 1992, was inspired by crossword compiler Leonard Dawe, who in 1944 inadvertently leaked code words from Operation Overlord in a Daily Telegraph crossword. The album is about an ordinary man like Dawe imagining he is on trial for the failings in his life.[1]

The third album, Stand Up, delayed by the bankruptcy of the band's original record label, finally appeared in 1997. Again the album was based on a loose concept, this time the stresses of modern living, culminating in the 15-minute epic, "Stop", about urban decay and the rise of violent crime.

The band released a fourth album, Hindsight, in 2003. This album benefited from advances in recording technology, which allowed the band to produce a professional quality recording in its own Gaolhouse Music recording studio.

Their fifth album, Simple was released in 2006. Recorded to celebrate 21 years of involvement in music, the album comprised new recordings of songs from their early cassette albums and the first two CD albums, along with new material.

F.C’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.

23 February 2009 saw the release of F.C’s first live DVD and CD. They are grateful to Metal Minds Productions for providing them with the opportunity to do this. The DVD & CD are entitled "Another Moment in Time". Metal Mind also released a special limited edition remaster of the band's classic album "Stand Up" which includes previously unreleased bonus tracks.

In December 2012 the band released their sixth studio album "Return of the Artisan", to extensive critical acclaim.

The band are currently back in Gaolhouse studios writing their next album, provisionally entitled "Rise of The Artisan" and hope to release this in 2015.


  1. ^ "Final Conflict: Another Moment in Time". Just For Kicks Music. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2009. 

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