NAME: Funeral For A Friend
ALBUM: Welcome Home Armageddon
LABEL: Distiller Records
FIVE WORD REVIEW: FFAF return in supreme style.
LOCATION: Bridgend, Wales
LINE UP: Matthew Davies-Kreye (vocals), Richard Boucher (bass), Kris Coombs-Roberts (guitar), Ryan Richards (drums), Gavin Burrough (guitar).
WHAT’S THE STORY?: After deserting their roots with 2007’s `Tales Don’t Tell Themselves’ and then offering glimpses of excellence with its follow-up, `Memory and Humanity’, Funeral For A Friend have completely revitalised their sound with this phenomenal record.
The album’s intro ‘This Side of Brightness’ lulls the listener into a feeling of utter tranquillity, before `Old Hymns’ presents a plethora of catchy melodies and aggressive intent. The song truly represents the band’s renewed optimism, while ensuring that fans of previous album openers `All The Rage’ and `Rookie Of The Year’ will be left with butterflies in their stomachs.
It’s a remarkable return to form, which is sustained throughout the album with unbelievable finesse.
‘Front Row Seats To The End Of The World’ sees Matt Davies and Ryan Richards juxtapose their melody and screams in a dynamic way that is just as effective as it was in 2003’s `Novella’.
Also, in `Owls (Are Watching)’ and `Medicated’, Funeral For A Friend demonstrate their propensity for poignant ballads without subduing the album’s inexorable momentum.
The record’s relentlessness is again exemplified in the venomous `Broken Foundation’ which, along with `10 Scene Points To The Winner’, is one of the two heaviest songs the group has ever created.
‘Aftertaste’ fuses the riff-laden sound of Thrice in their Illusion of Safety era with unbridled catchiness, before `Spinning Over The Island’ encapsulates Killswitch Engage’s heaviness alongside exceptionally introspective song-writing. The lyrics “race towards the finish line; what’s mine is yours and yours is mine” is certain to rival Juneau’s “and I’m nothing more than a line in your book” when it comes to crowd participation.
Funeral For A Friend are back, and for this, we should all rejoice.
SOUNDS LIKE: The best album to be released this year.
YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: If you salivated over FFAF’s recent `Young And The Defenceless’ E.P, or have a fondness for Thrice, Thursday and Boysetsfire’s old albums.
Submitted By ASmith