Funeral for a Friend
Conduit


4.5
superb

Review

by RobH USER (13 Reviews)
January 29th, 2013 | 16 replies


Release Date: 01/28/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It's No 'Casually Dressed', but Funeral have crafted another superb album

Funeral for a Friend's 2011 album Welcome Home Armageddon was a true return to form for the band. It returned the band to their signature Post Hardcore sound that they became famous for after briefly flirting with alternative rock for a couple of albums (2007's 'Tales Don't Tell Themselves' and 2008's 'Memory and Humanity'). Their follow up album, 'Conduit', while not as fantastic as 'Welcome Home Armageddon', or their 2003 debut album 'Casually Dressed & Deep In Conversation', is still a superb album which delves further into the direction the band started building towards with Welcome Home Armageddon.

In terms of sound, 'Conduit' is a lot heavier than any of it's predecessors. It still has the band's trademark sound, but it also has a heavy influence of old school Hardcore bands such as 'Boysetsfire' and 'Snapcase'. A great example is the single 'Best Friends and Hospital Beds', a song which contains the trademark heavy and melodic parts which the band are known for, but with more of a Hardcore influence. The songs themselves are rather short, with only 'Death Comes To Us All' and 'High Castles' being longer than 3 minutes. This can be a problem, since it can make the listener crave for more, but the songs themselves are brilliant, mosh worthy songs which I can imagine would be great to hear in a live atmosphere.

While it's for the most part a much heavier album, it still has the sense of melody that Funeral have used in the past. Opening track 'Spine', for example, starts of with a slow-ish melodic, spooky riff, before going into a riff which oozes melody as much as it hits hard. Single 'The Distance' is another great example, with a great chorus hook which wouldn't sound place alongside the band's older material.

The guitar playing is a little bit more downplayed than it has been on previous releases, not containing as many complex riffs as other releases, but the riffs themselves work really well, packing a big punch which serves the songs well. However, there are songs which allow guitarist Kris Roberts and Gavin Burrough to shine through, with 'Nails' containing some impressive sweep picking from Kris towards the end. Songs such as 'Conduit', 'Death Comes To Us All', 'Grey', and 'Elements' also have some impressive riffs.

Another point to make about this album is the vocals: for quite a few of the songs, vocalist Matt Davies adopts a more husky, Hardcore styled shout, presumably to make up for the lack of screams from former drummer/screamer Ryan Richards. However, considering the Hardcore feel the album has, these vocals don't sound out of place, and suit songs such as the title track, the aforementioned 'Best Friends and Hospital Beds', 'Death Comes To Us All', and 'Grey'.

In terms of the drumming, Funeral's latest recruit Pat Lundy provides some great drum lines which compliment the songs on offer here. His drum parts really shine through on songs such as 'Conduit', 'Best Friends and Hospital Beds', 'Nails', 'Grey', and 'High Castles'.

Overall, Funeral for a Friend have crafted another brilliant album with 'Conduit'. It's a bit different to the rest of their discography, and it's not as good as some of the other albums that they've produced, but they have produced a great album. My only real issue being that the songs themselves are a bit short, but asides from that, a damn good album.

Recommended Tracks:

Conduit
Best Friends and Hospital Beds
Death Comes To Us All
Travelled
Grey



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Lambda
January 29th 2013


2479 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I loved Welcome Home Armageddon. I've heard mixed opinions on this one, though. Good review.

thumbcrusher
January 29th 2013


3607 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

solid enough album, not their best but they've done a lot worse

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RobH
January 29th 2013


61 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

It's definitely worth a listen. There are mixed reviews on it, but I guess if you listen to it you can make up your own mind on what you think. I personally love it, but that could be slightly biased since they're my favourite band of all time

thumbcrusher
January 29th 2013


3607 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

preferred welcome home but it was good for sure

IslamicPenguins
January 29th 2013


72 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Good review, I just can't get into this that much, and I've loved every ffaf up to this one. (Including tales, which I don't understand the low rating). But Snapcase is the perfect comparison to this albums style.

Lambda
January 29th 2013


2479 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Is it just me, or is the production pretty bad on here?

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 29th 2013


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The vocals are way up in the mix, but as for the production - i actually didnt find anything out of place.

RobH
January 29th 2013


61 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I like Tales too. I like it for what it is, but it's my least favourite album by them (I've reviewed Tales as well, so you can check that out to see my opinion on it). I prefer Casually Dressed and Welcome Home Armageddon to Conduit, but I'm divided on whether or not I prefer it to Hours

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 29th 2013


20158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

2 reviews and both are wrong lol

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bodiesinflight57
January 29th 2013


870 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Urgh the title track is horrid.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 29th 2013


20158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nails isn't bad

bodiesinflight57
January 29th 2013


870 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Argh man the intro to Nails is cringeworthy. Not enjoying this record. Really miss Ryan's vocals and the riffs are a bit uninspired too.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 29th 2013


20158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i agree this is underwhelming compared to welcome home armaggedon but cringeworthy? nah

bodiesinflight57
January 29th 2013


870 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Not the whole record, just that bit at the beginning of Nails. Record as a whole is supremely underwhelming. Not so much bad per se, but not the sort of thing I'm about.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 29th 2013


20158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it sounds like a 3 to me. good but not great.

Pndi
February 2nd 2013


465 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Great review, though we don't share the same opinion. Frustating is the only word that comes to mind when i give it a listen. There are some moments of brillance, like Nails' chorus and outro, Spine, Sun-Less' chorus, Elements and High Castles but those are ruined by the overall mediocre songwriting.



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