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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

There best album

This album was and I believe still is amazing till this very day!

solid album

these guys have talent, in my opinion this is their best album

Wow only 3 reviews!? This album's definately the best FFAF has to offer

Awesome debut! It shows how much talent the band has. Stand out tracks are Rookie of the year, Bullet Theory, Jeanu, Your Revolution Is a Joke. Oh and check out their new song "wrench" it's somewhat a return to this style unlike their "Tales Don't Tell Themselves" release.


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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