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Album Review

Welsh combo Funeral for a Friend pushes metal to the bottom for Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation, its ambitious debut full-length. The chugging riffs are there, yes. But Funeral's heavy metal guitar lines are only guides for the surging melodies and sing/scream dynamics common to the new nation of post-hardcore rocket operators. From Autumn to Ashes, Alexisonfire — these are just a couple of the band's peers in this, both offering their own versions of what's become a signature sound. For their part, it's Funeral's melodic sense that defines them. After all the stereotypical screaming and the heart-immolating lyrics ("I'm dying here in front of you"; "And in my hands our blood recovered"), cuts like "Escape Artists Never Die" and "Waking Up" are still pretty damn hooky. Vocalist Matt Davies even has a bit of Brandon Boyd's willowy soulfulness. Despite its overdramatic title, "Bend Your Arms to Look Like Wings" plays its metallic rhythms perfectly off a relentlessly triumphant chorus. "Storytelling" layers a rack of full-blown backup harmonies over its chunky power chords, while "Red Is the New Black" returns to the old raw throat/heartsick singer standby. The common elements in Funeral for a Friend's sound need some seasoning to keep up with their powerful melodies. But Casually Dressed is still a solid debut, and proves that there's hope for Welsh rock beyond Lostprophets.

Customer Reviews

can music get much better than this?

Funeral for a Friend are one the greatest bands in my eyes. This album reflects not only my view but everyone elses looking at the reviews. This album has some the most amazing tracks you will ever here on it. I especially like juneau, she drove me to daytime tv and escape artists never die but whenever i listen to any of these songs they just get better and better. I am slightly biased as i am a great fan of emo music; but how can anyone rate this album with one star? They say that they are all the same (were thay listening to the same album that i was because i received a very different picture). The author of such a review is truly and utterly short sighted (short eared?!) as they have not bothered to listen ot the whole album in detail and how can anyone write a review without listening to the whole album. Funeral for a Friend got even better in their album hours, so everyone out there, no matter what music you listen to, these two albums should be bought for the the sheer genius from FFAF.

Welsh music is suddenly not something to laugh at

From the first time I heard Rookie Of The Year on Burnout 3, I knew this would be an amazing album and it is. With truly emo lyrics (not everyone's cup of tea) and equally good rifs, Funeral's debut still overshadows Hours. Highlights include Rookie Of The Year, Red Is the New Black, Moments Forever Faded and Bullet Theory. The only slight dud on this album is Your Revolution Is a Joke but this may appeal more to other people than it does to me. Well worth the £8.99


Im no Emo, But this stuff is amazing, It has real meaning, Unlike a lot of other stuff. Songs like 'Escape Artists Never Die' and 'Juneau' are Rare Treats for listeners and the full album is absolutely bloody fantastic! Youll want more and more of it!


Formed: 2001 in Bridgend, South Wales

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Funeral for a Friend's energized blend of emo, metal, and post-hardcore was created by vocalist Matt Davies, guitarists Kris Roberts and Darran Smith, bassist Gareth Davies, and drummer Randy Richards. The Welsh quintet first appeared in 2002 with a series of EPs and singles, including Between Order and Model, Four Ways to Scream Your Name, and Juneau. Such releases helped land the group on the cover of Kerrang! magazine, a recognition of the band's growing hype that, in turn, earned a record deal...
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