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Album Review

It isn't hard to understand why some listeners have become burned out on the whole post-hardcore/screamo/melodic hardcore sound; one could write a book about all the forgettable and totally faceless screamo bands that flooded the market in the 2000s and managed to score label deals despite their lack of memorable songs. But Funeral for a Friend have been one of the more impressive screamo bands; they beat much of the competition when it comes to successfully integrating melodic elements and hardcore elements. Welcome Home Armageddon has something missing from all the cookie-cutter screamo albums that have flooded the market in the 21st century: an honest to God sense of pop/rock craftsmanship. Funeral for a Friend have the hardcore element down, but they also know how to bring the hooks; "Spinning Over the Island," "Broken Foundation," "Sixteen," and other tracks on Welcome Home Armageddon are hooky and infectious in a way that so many of the less memorable screamo recordings are not. Funeral for a Friend play this material like the mean it; they play the hardcore elements convincingly, and they are equally convincing when delivering pop/rock hooks and pop/rock melodies. Of course, some hardcore purists and metalcore hard-liners will find Welcome Home Armageddon to be problematic simply because of the pop/rock factor; those are the folks who would argue that the term "melodic hardcore" is an oxymoron. But then, Welcome Home Armageddon obviously wasn't recorded with hardcore purists in mind. This album is for those who like screamo, but only when it is well done — and while Welcome Home Armageddon isn't quite in a class with 2005's Hours or 2007's Tales Don't Tell Themselves, this 2011 release nonetheless indicates that Funeral for a Friend have a lot of life left in them.

Customer Reviews

An F You to Everyone That Said That FFAF Had Gone Soft

Basically the title says it all- the boys are back and better than ever. They've shed the whole sentimental melodic aura of TDTT and taken the technicality of M&H and meshed it with some of the raw power they tapped into for CDCC and Hours. Anyone that insisted on b****ing and moaning about how FFAF had "gone soft" will eat their words after they listen to this. No one has harder riffs and more beautiful lyrics than Matty and the boys. The hooks are subtle but definitely there, and you'll find yourself loving the little unique pieces of brilliance they've put into each song. All in all, buy this album- long time fan or not.

Exciting and Signature Funeral For a Friend Riffs

I honestly was not expecting a new Funeral for a Friend album for a while. I was extremely surprised and excited to see that they released this album. Perhaps it's the new line-up since Memory and Humanity or just the fact that the band matured but many of these songs sound different from previous songs by Funeral for a Friend. They're still saturated with melody, the screaming from "Casually Dressed...." is back and the drumming is hard-hitting. Matthew still sings in his usual high register though I love the parts of certain songs where he sings in that low register that was found on Memory and Humanity. I would call this album a hybrid of "Casually Dressed" and "Memory and Humanity" only with some unusual yet awesome riffs. It sounds like they chucked the style of "Tales Don't Tell Themselves" to go back to their roots and improve on them.
Buy these songs! Both long time fans of "Casually Dressed" and the new fans who jumped on board on their previous release "Memory and Humanity" alike will love this album.
Star songs include "Front Row Seats to the End of the World," "Sixteen," "Damned If You Do, Dead if You Don't," "Aftertaste," "Spinning Over the Island," and "Man Alive".

Not metal

Only rock


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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