Funeral For A Friend - Welcome Home Armageddon

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Alternative, Post-hardcore
Good Fight Music
Funeral For A Friend
Welcome Home Armageddon
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Let’s face facts for a moment. It has been kind of a rough road for Wales' Funeral For a Friend. After releasing their best and worst records one after the other, some thought the loss in traction would ending up spelling the end of the band. Yet, the guys kept touring and ended up putting themselves on track to ‘get back with their roots’. With Welcome Home Armageddon, Funeral For a Friend doesn’t just revisit their older sound. They instead bolster their relentless arrangements with a heavy dose of melody for something much more accessible, yet equally as successful. In what is the band’s best output since Hours, Funeral For a Friend cranks the gears faster than ever for Welcome Home Armageddon – and the result is anything but disappointing.

Don’t let the slightly cartoony artwork or rather serious title confuse you – this is an album chock full of trademark double-barrel guitars anchored with galloping drum beats. “Old Hymns” shows us a brilliant arrangement of weaving guitars behind vocalist Matt Davies-Kreye’s trademark croon, never quite settling in one place before it resolves into a heartfelt climax of an ending. Lead single “Front Row Seats to the End of the World” revisits some of FFAF’s more abrasive moments, as a chunky guitar line drives the off-kilter verses in one of the more memorable sections of this disc. “Sixteen”, “Spinning Over the Island” and “Broken Foundation” all sow seeds of infectiousness in your ears, yet keep up the intensity in a way we haven’t really heard from this band in quite some time.

As for the melodies, they are certainly well-represented and well-placed. “Sixteen” boasts huge vocals over the smooth guitar work of the chorus, while “Damned If You Do, Dead If You Don’t” swirls frenzied fretwork through your mind from the opening seconds to bring us sonically to places we didn’t think we would see from this band. Everything these guys have been trying to do since day one has seemingly come together on this record, and it comes off without much of a hitch.

There are a few slip-ups though. “Owls (Are Watching)” starts off a bit shaky, and ends up being saved by the slews of guitars bursting with melody throughout this track. As far as an ending goes, this album ends on a bit of a dud, as the bluesy ending to the title track swings too much for its own good to be a fitting cap to this album.

Funeral For a Friend might just be rounding the corner at the right time. Welcome Home Armageddon is a huge step forward for a band seemingly unsure of where they should go next. Whether you love the slick melodies of Hours or the bombastic nature of Seven Ways to Scream Your Name, consider this album your invitation to get reacquainted with Funeral For a Friend.

1. This Side of Brightness
2. Old Hymns
3. Front Row Seats to the End of the World
4. Sixteen
5. Aftertaste
6. Spinning Over the Island
7. Man Alive
8. Owls (Are Watching)
9. Damned If You Do, Dead If You Don't
10. Medicated
11. Broken Foundation
12. Welcome Home Armageddon

Funeral for a Friend is a post-hardcore band from Wales. They formed in 2001 as a sextet called January Thirst. This did not last long, and in 2002 Funeral for a Friend recorded their debut EP Between Order and Model with their original 6-piece line up. After having been together for just a few months, the band changed their line up and subsequently signed a deal with Warner Brothers records for whom they recorded their second EP Four Ways To Scream Your Name.

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