A comeback which many thought was impossible has changed tables. Welsh post-hardcore outfit Funeral For A Friend are back and with their new release, ‘Conduit’, we see a shift back towards the band’s earlier style, clearly ignoring everything that was ‘Tales Don’t Tell Themselves’ and pushing the elements of heavier and darker music.
‘Conduit’ is the antidote that was always missing, and now there shouldn’t be a reason for them to go back. It’s remarkable for a band that has been renowned for their expansive post-hardcore sound release an album where only two tracks exceed three minutes, but it’s this short sharp slap in the face that is needed for us to truly remember who Funeral For A Friend are.
The album isn’t a statement that they’re back and it isn’t a push towards it is them against the world, but more so that it hasn’t been an easy journey; “They fucking gave up on us the moment we turned out backs”. Although the album in very varied in many ways, they continue to focus upon the battle through difficulties and it’s notably seen in ‘Spine’, ‘Nails’ and ‘Travelled’.
‘Conduit’ displays many new and different elements that have shown Funeral For A Friend in a different light, and with many members disembarking their new direction seems to be for the better. Pat Lundy, the band’s new drummer and freshest recruit, adds a sharp metal twist to the entire album. The riffs exceed what’s normally known for as FFAF, but perhaps throughout ‘Conduit’ parts would be bettered homed on a metal release. Its impact would be more prominent and its influence better understood.
But, it’s the drumming that changes the entire way we now view the band. It entices and tracks like ‘Death Comes To Us All’ shows the quality of the drumming as well as the impacting guitar riffs.
It’s this which demonstrates the lead guitar and its precise rhythm techniques. The move of Gavin Burrough to guitar from bass has created a better sound throughout the band, leaving the tracks to maintain their impact without them becoming too dull.
The departure of key members hasn’t lost that touch that they always had, but instead it has gained them much more. FFAF aren’t back from the dead, but they sure have been pulled back from the edge. ‘Conduit’ is an album suited for the current climate. It’s youthful and becoming, containing the energy that has put them back in the forefront on the UK music scene.
Written by Yasmin La Ronde
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