FINGER ELEVEN

Heavy Alternative Rock / Alternative Metal / Non-Metal / Hard Rock • Canada
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FINGER ELEVEN are an alternative metal and hard rock band formed in 1989 under the name RAINBOW BUTT MONKEYS.

(Alternative Metal Period: 1989-2003)

In 1995, RAINBOW BUTT MONKEYS released their debut album, Letters from Chutney, which achieved moderately great success in Canada upon its release. It also gave birth to 3 different singles from it as well during the 90s.

In 1997, the band changed their name to FINGER ELEVEN and released their second debut album, Tip to the public. Instead of having their original funk-metal sound, they came out with a heavy alternative metal type of sound instead. It released 4 singles, and two of the four were featured on the Mainstream Top Rock Hits (Above & Quicksand).

FINGER ELEVEN released a follow-up alternative metal album called Greyest of Blue Skies in 2000. It put out another 3 singles, and was certified Gold by the RIAA in Canada. Songs from the album
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FINGER ELEVEN Tip album cover 4.88 | 4 ratings
Tip
Alternative Metal 1997
FINGER ELEVEN The Greyest of Blue Skies album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
The Greyest of Blue Skies
Alternative Metal 2000
FINGER ELEVEN Finger Eleven album cover 3.93 | 3 ratings
Finger Eleven
Heavy Alternative Rock 2003
FINGER ELEVEN Them vs. You vs. Me album cover 1.05 | 2 ratings
Them vs. You vs. Me
Heavy Alternative Rock 2007
FINGER ELEVEN Life Turns Electric album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Life Turns Electric
Heavy Alternative Rock 2010
FINGER ELEVEN Five Crooked Lines album cover 4.17 | 2 ratings
Five Crooked Lines
Hard Rock 2015

FINGER ELEVEN EPs & splits

FINGER ELEVEN Connect Sets album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Connect Sets
Hard Rock 2011

FINGER ELEVEN live albums

FINGER ELEVEN iTunes Live from Montreal album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
iTunes Live from Montreal
Hard Rock 2010

FINGER ELEVEN demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

FINGER ELEVEN re-issues & compilations

FINGER ELEVEN iTunes Originals album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
iTunes Originals
Hard Rock 2008

FINGER ELEVEN singles (12)

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4.50 | 1 ratings
Quicksand
Alternative Metal 1998
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3.50 | 1 ratings
Above
Heavy Alternative Rock 1998
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4.50 | 1 ratings
First Time
Alternative Metal 2000
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Drag You Down
Alternative Metal 2000
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3.00 | 1 ratings
Bones + Joints
Heavy Alternative Rock 2000
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Good Times
Heavy Alternative Rock 2003
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1.00 | 2 ratings
One Thing
Non-Metal 2003
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2.50 | 2 ratings
Paralyzer
Non-Metal 2007
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Falling On
Heavy Alternative Rock 2007
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0.00 | 0 ratings
I'll Keep Your Memory Vague
Non-Metal 2007
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3.50 | 1 ratings
Living in a Dream
Heavy Alternative Rock 2010
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Whatever Doesn't Kill Me
Heavy Alternative Rock 2011

FINGER ELEVEN movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Us-vs-Then-vs-Now
Hard Rock 2007

FINGER ELEVEN Reviews

FINGER ELEVEN Five Crooked Lines

Album · 2015 · Hard Rock
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Unitron
Finger Eleven - Five Crooked Lines

'Five Crooked Lines' is the sixth studio album, seventh if counting Rainbow Butt Monkeys, by hard rock/metal band Finger Eleven. Finger Eleven's alternative metal masterpiece 'Tip', remains one of my favorite albums of all time, but after 'The Greyest of Blue Skies' they started to mellow out a bit switching to hard rock on their self-titled. Unfortunately, after the success of songs like 'One Thing', they went to a bland funky pop-rock sound on the following releases. However, this album ditches the style of the previous albums for the most part.

Instead of a modern hard rock sound, Finger Eleven takes influences from classic hard rock for the most part. The influences that creep in the most to me are classic bands like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, and stoner rock/metal bands like Queens of the Stone Age and Clutch. Immediately we are given the appropriately titled 'Gods of Speed', which begins with fast fuzzy distorted guitar work with some great complementary drum work. I especially love the chorus, which keeps the same fast guitar playing under the atmospheric vocals from Scott Anderson. I think this song is a perfect example of a band playing with intense speed yet managing to be melodic and atmospheric at the same time. The fuzzy guitar sound also shows up in the next song 'Criminal', except the song is much slower then the previous. During the bridge of the song, there's some Black Sabbath-esque riffs. It ends with some really nice fast drum work.

The song 'Save Your Breath' just screams Clutch, with it's distorted guitar sound and Anderson's vocals having that gutsy tone of Clutch vocalist Neil Fallon. However, like most of the album, there are the more mellow passages. Also featured on the album is Finger Eleven's longest song to date, 'Come on, Oblivion' clocking in at 7:17. This song beings with guitar harmonics and great atmospheric bass work that reminds me of Pink Floyd, Anderson's great vocals soon come in. It picks up with heavy guitar riffing, while keeping the Floydian atmosphere. Another Floyd-influenced song is 'Lost for Words', which begins with menacingly beautiful guitar harmonies playing over crashing guitar. During some parts of the song, Anderson's vocals almost remind me of David Gilmour when combined with the plodding acoustics and serene guitar harmonies.

So as I've stated, the album has a perfect mix of heavy rockers and atmospheric tracks. Especially the title track has a catchy blues-y beat. However, while the majority of the album is amazing, there are a couple really mediocre songs that are reminiscent of the bland funk rock of the previous two albums. Those unfortunate two are 'Wolves and Doors' and 'Blackout Song', which both basically sound like they're trying to be hit singles. However, these don't hinder my enjoyment of the album much, the other songs more then make up for the two lame tracks.

Overall, I find this to be Finger Eleven's best album since 'The Greyest of Blue Skies', and my personal second favorite of theirs after 'Tip'. It's true, Finger Eleven may be finished with their melancholic metal past, but I think they're also finished with their funk-y pop rock. I can tell they're a band that wants to evolve and just enjoys making music, and if this classic rock/hard rock style is going to be what they're going to making for a bit, I'm in full support. I can't wait for more. Hope you found this review helpful.

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FINGER ELEVEN Five Crooked Lines

Album · 2015 · Hard Rock
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aglasshouse
With the release of Them Vs. You Vs. Me in 2007, Canadian rockers Finger Eleven had diverged into two paths. One being what was explored in the aforementioned; blatant and unforgiving commercial alt. rock, or in the case of the prior self titled a more realistic yet undoubtedly watered down version of their early metal aesthetic. The latter I preferred mostly due to pretty obvious reasons, largest of which being the fact that it sounded simply more creative and like they were actually trying. 2010 broke the monotony with Life Turns Electric, giving new light towards following music, yet still yielding a view that was shrouded in the uncertainty of their future. Five Crooked lines was eventually announced on the bands Facebook page to much trepidation from me.

As of today the album has been available via stream and I garnered a listen. Here are my overall thoughts:

My general consensus is that it doesn't take much from TvYvM and more from the self titled. Good thing of course. Classic grunge makes it's way more into the musical rhythm as opposed to the watered down funk that Finger Eleven had attempted in the past.The album also features perhaps their longest song, 'Come On, Oblivion' at 7:17. As expected there are one or two tracks attempting to be the next 'Paralyzer', the bands number one track ever since it was released. The more prominent of these copies is 'Wolves and Doors', and excruciatingly boring downgraded "hard rock" song that was largely advertised in hope that it would indeed succeed the 2007 song, to no avail.

As a whole Five Crooked Lines is something stale, but it does indeed shine where it needs to. The band indeed has assuaged my worries and broken the mold of mediocrity. If you are interested, something to compare the album is as a whole is indeed the self titled, but with less awful tracks.

FINGER ELEVEN Them vs. You vs. Me

Album · 2007 · Heavy Alternative Rock
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aglasshouse
Oh god, what is this....

After Finger Eleven released their self-titled album, they also launched many successful singles. One of these was the fan-favorite called 'One Thing'. The single was the best selling of the self-titled's releases, and is one of their most liked songs to date. Let me just tell you now, that song is terrible. I don't like the slow, soppy crap those type of songs give me, especially when they are coming from a alt metal/hard rock band. Many people disagree with me on this. Many people also like this sort of junk, which I can't understand.

After 'One Thing' reached massive popularity, the members of F11 decided to take the rejected demos of One Thing and make it into an album. Still having some space, they added what seemed to be failed Rainbow Butt Monkey demos like 'Paralyzer' and 'Easy Life'. The album of course achieved massive success in the Pop community, and the music industry ate this shit up.

Thus reigns the era of constant TvYvM songs being played at any Finger Eleven performances, with the rare instance of a Greyest of Blue Skies or Tip songs. Not to mention 'One Thing' was another constant and popular play, with other songs from F11's self titled, such as 'Good Times', 'Absent Elements', and 'Complicated Questions' being constantly being pushed back on the roster. The album's popularity was mostly extinguished in the light of F11's 2010 album, Life Turns Electric.

Overall, this album is an obvious, money-hungry pop rock album that does not deserve the popularity it deserves. Buy the bonus tracks though; the title track for this album is pretty good.

I do not recommend this album.

FINGER ELEVEN Paralyzer

Single · 2007 · Non-Metal
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1.Paralyzer

When Finger Eleven released their fourth studio album, "Them vs. Me vs. You", they finally reached critical reception when their hit single, Paralyzer was released. People started flocking in to listen to it, and still today, Paralyzer is their most listened - to song. The song starts catchy enough, with a nice but really dimmed down version of their original guitar-work. Anderson comes in with nice nostalgic vocals, however the song stays practically the same throughout. With this constant receptivity, you are greeted with the realization that this song is about 'clubbing'. Clubbing as in where you get so hammer-drunk that you end up passed out in a garbage disposal outside, and honestly, this song makes me sort of feel like that. Finger Eleven being my favorite metal band, with such masterpieces as "Tip" and "Greyest of Blue Skies", this song is a huge disappointment to any great fan of F11. Sadly, people who flock to listen to this song don't listen to anything before "TvYvM", but I can still accept that this song is okay, and shows that F11 hasn't quite lost their touch. (6/10)

FINGER ELEVEN Quicksand

Single · 1998 · Alternative Metal
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'Quicksand' was the second single off of the Canadian hard rock/metal band, Finger Eleven's debut album, "Tip". Starting off "Tip" as the first song, this is not a bad comeback song from their original "Rainbow Butt Monkey"'s feel of music. The song's lyrical value improves greatly, and sounds normal and not forced whatsoever. Also unique to the song, is the fact that Anderson does not go into his soprano tone, which he uses greatly throughout the other songs on the album. As said before, the lyrics and the singing in 'Quicksand' seem much more complex and less simple and nonsensical. 'Quicksand' is definitely one of the best songs from the album, and deserves it's title of second single from "Tip".

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