Monday, 28 January 2013

ALBUM REVIEW; CONDUIT by Funeral For A Friend

Funeral For A Friend

No messing about here - an energetic and awesome half hour divulging in FFAF's hardcore punk side.

Welcome back FFAF. Almost 2 years since previous album Welcome Home Armageddon, the Welsh rockers return with an album overflowing in glorious punk rock that mixes in the tried, tested and approved melodic side they're well known for. And with only two songs over 3 minutes, there's no FFAF faff, just undiluted headband opportunities.

There are all sorts of different notable influences on Conduit, such as metalcore-esque riffs on tracks such as Grey, Best Friends and Hospital Beds and ___, the obvious driving punk influence and even heavy metal touches - Sun-Less's primary riff is a perfect example of this. But, being the band they are, the is emotive melody a-plenty. Thankfully, this doesn't detract from or dilute the tone that the album carries, far from it. In classic Funeral style, it merely adds to it, and in doing so strikes up a wonderful balance that has always marked the band. 

Conduit stays generally away from the screamed side of vocals that they've explored in the past, propping instead for gritty, rough tones that coexist with the aforementioned melody. Special mention must also be given to new drummer Pat Lundy, formerly of metalcore outfit Rise To Remain - his touch on the album is noticeable, with the drums prominent, rapid fire and giving an undertone very much of the metal variety. Guitar work is top notch too, with obviously good work having been put in to make the riffs heavy and the choruses epic. 

This is a fucking great album, that should go down an absolute treat live. It's no-nonsense hardcore punk that will punch you in the face and leave you smiling afterwards. 

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