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Your Finest Hour

by Land Of Chocolate

  • Listening Party

    Join Land of Chocolate as we finally unleash "Your Finest Hour" upon the public! Come join the band in the chatroom from 8:30 onwards to discuss the many trials, tribulations and untold stories behind how an album can take nearly 20 years to come to fruition, find out the answers to any lingering questions you may have for us, and laugh at how old and out of touch we have become, continuing to make and release music that is definitely not and never has been for the masses.

    We look forward to catching up with friends, new and old, and we hope you like this album as much as we do!


  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    4-panel digipak with all 12 tracks (57:59 playing time)

    Includes digital pre-order of Your Finest Hour. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
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    Pre-order of Your Finest Hour. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.

    Any CD pre-orders will receive the full digital album plus bonus videos within 24 hours, before the actual release date of 10/6. CDs will also be mailed the minute that they are available to send out.
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    releases October 6, 2023

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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Your Finest Hour, Bittersweet Morsels, Regaining The Feel, Assorted Nonpareils EP, and Unikorn On The Cob. , and , .

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This Beautiful World
Walking in a daze I'm always so amazed at how much we forget to see Our lives are such a maze, a self-induced craze So caught up in the world of me that we forget Empty faces just passing all around Open spaces, just faces in a crowd Random places, amazed by all the sound Can we face it all? It's always tough to see the possibility that someone else may share our dreams So focused on our joys We're all just background noise To someone else's silent scream that we don't hear Try and take your finest hour And it will surely pale We always make a play for power And let the ship take sail Reflect and be Obtain the key that opens all our doors Can't you see it's all been done before? We are so naive To think that we're unique It's nothing personally Just my integrity that's slowly coming to the fore No matter what the tee, or handicap we bring We'll end up with the same old score Try and make us prouder than before Give and take, you're always taking score Try and take your finest hour And it will surely pale Reflect and be Obtain the key that opens up our doors Can't you see it's all been done before?
A Rae of Hope
Helpless 05:10
Looking for reasons when none will suffice A change in seasons has made me think twice I should feel like a temperate baby pool Don't take blame for what went wrong Feeling shameless all along All these years of hopes and fears Now just a song in my head Now I face the truth with a clearer heart All your moves revealed we were always apart I have been far too giving to you Drink it in, and piss it out like it was something new Don't take blame for what went wrong Feeling shameless all along All these years of hopes and fears Guess I was wrong And as customary, I must pick the pieces up again Taking love for granted I never seem to face the greater truth Your perspective's slanted I can't place the words to say I can only feel I had so much love to give But you just live Helpless Memory fading slow I need to walk away from all this pain Is this all I'll know? I wish that I could be like you Learning to always turn the screw But I'm afraid that I was made like very few Turning my back on life is something I refuse to do I ignored the warning signs planted everywhere I thought love could change your ways But you remain Helpless I hoped better from you
The Currents of You
A Deep Breath
Air 04:53
Another sunny day, say the voices in the hall If only I could tell from this fabricated stall Won't you please bring me some air I remember thinking that there was something more Promises unkept, stones left underturned Amazing lives unled Discarding what I've yearned Just a life of laissez-faire The wife and kids are well, according to her friends If only I could tell I'm too busy making ends to lift my head for air I remember knowing that there was something more Life is what we make A lesson long to learn So focused on an end Forgetting what I've yearned It's all so hazy Reach your dreams by making lots of bread Eat those greens Six figures worth will surely get you ahead I'm sorry, I'm sorry for what I haven't done I'm sorry, I'm sorry What have I become?
Meaningless Trip
A Stark Reminder
Poison the Root
Threatening to Unwind


Some cakes take longer to bake, while most wines and whiskeys are meant to age longer before consumption. 

Whatever the culinary metaphor, it's been 19 years since Land of Chocolate released their second album "Regaining the Feel".  In that time, band mates have relocated around the world, Jonn Buzby has released three albums under the moniker Damn Fine Coffee and pivoted to years of weekly solo livestreams, but one unfinished project continued to be a sustained itch just waiting to be scratched.

After almost 20 years, "Your Finest Hour", Land of Chocolate's long-awaited third full length release, is slated to be released on October 6, 2023.

Containing 12 tracks of original material and clocking in at just under 58 minutes, YFH is both a testament to resilience and determination as well as a culmination of the bands' singular vision and sound.  

Featuring members of both previous iterations of the band's lineup, the newest Land of Chocolate remains just as relevant today as when the band first wrote the material two decades ago.

"I've always stated that I hoped to make timeless music, but this is absurd", jokes lead vocalist and keyboardist Jonn Buzby, when asked why this album took so long to complete.  

"Life has a way of spinning each and every one of us in different directions, but I always wanted to remain loyal to the incredible set of musicians who had a hand in bringing this music to life.  So the idea of working with anyone else to simply complete these tracks made no sense - it needed to be with the people that made Land of Chocolate what it is.  And so we chose to be meticulous and ensure that we took the extra time and energy to bring this album's vision to light".

Brian O'Neill (original LoC guitarist) was brought back into the fold to assist with completion of Your Finest Hour, serving as a cohesive yet divergent counterpoint to John Covach's guitar parts he laid down in 2005 before relocating to Rochester, NY.  

"Back in the early 2000's, we wrote a tune which was started off by a bit that I came up with. It loosely reminded me of 'My Favorite Things'", states O'Neill.

That song (now called 'Helpless') along with the melodic lead guitar line in the middle ended up being one of MY favorite things.

When Jonn asked me if I was interested in working on this stuff with him, I saw that Helpless was going to be one of the tracks... the chance to complete and mix it was something I simply couldn't say no to".

Utilizing tracks recorded in late 2004 by drummer Wesley Hare, bassist Gerald Wilson, Buzby and Covach, O'Neill was able to synthesize, streamline and elevate decades-old contributions remotely with newer performances into a seamless musical thesis.

"There were early issues to work through since the basic drum, bass and synth tracking was done almost 20 years ago.  Some of those issues included audio software versions being obsolete, file types having been changed etc", states O'Neill.  But despite those significant hurdles, O'Neill was able to help shape these disparate parts into a finished product that is fresh, powerful, and vibrant, and redefines the band's sound.

Land of Chocolate plans to continue writing and recording, with several more albums to come and far less lag between releases..  But right now, they're just excited to finally pop the cork and pour everyone a full glass.  


releases October 6, 2023

"if one looks a little closer at this beautiful world, there are always red ants underneath" - David Lynch

All music by Land of Chocolate
Lyrics written by Jonn Buzby

Jonn Buzby - Keyboards, Vocals, Percussion
John Covach - Guitars (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 12)
Brian O'Neill - Guitars (Tracks 2, 5, 7-11)
Gerald Wilson - Bass
Wesley Hare - Drums

Engineered by Land of Chocolate
Mixed and Mastered by Brian O'Neill at Red Rack Recording

Ant Design: Joseph Irizarry
Album Layout: Jonn Buzby

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