Funeral Diner
Doors Open



by iamthesword USER (2 Reviews)
January 4th, 2009 | 9 replies

Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dissolve this and still we move; the change is clear and welcome.

Doors Open is a Funeral Diner-album often overlooked in favour of The Underdark, the record commonly hailed as the band’s magnum opus, and is almost solely remembered for being the last release from the band. However, it is a great creation in itself and further pushed Funeral Diner’s musical progression.

Most instrumentation on Doors Open builds on a steady rhythm section. Drummer Matt Bajda, excellent as always, is able to keep the songs together on his own, allowing the rest of the band to depart on very brief instrumental adventures, built up by only a few notes or chords. And that is what Funeral Diner is all about at this point, as the songs are indeed very repetitive during certain passages and it is only these small effects in the instrumentation that keeps the listener’s interest. Perhaps the best example of this is the last build-up in the album closer, This Optimism, where the roles are switched; in this case, a long, monotonous melodic line is played by the guitars while Matt Bajda drums away with various fills until the final crescendo, an effective and sudden way to end the album.

While Funeral Diner have always fallen back on the long, slow-moving melodic passages popular in the emocore scene, they have now almost completely left this approach, instead opting to build a more consistent pace the songs throughout with only very short interludes, if any at all. This creates a not-so dynamic album and to solve this problem Funeral Diner varies the tempo between the songs rather than within them. Neither Option, for an example, is a very calm song which constantly fools the listener that a release of emotions will follow after a specific passage, but only at the end does this happen though not in the way one might expect.

Both the lyrics and the vocals are a step-up for the band. Seth Babb has traded his earlier hardcore-yell for a much cleaner and smoother vocal style which he only seldom utilised up to this point. During climaxes in the songs his old barks are instead replaced by a more high-pitched scream in the vein of a band such as The Saddest Landscape. The lyrics trotted out are no longer about politics or humanity at large, instead conveying a sense of isolation and unfulfillness though they are vague and open to interpretation.

There are however some weak sides to the album. It takes some listens to understand the point of Carved from Stone and Neither Option. The latter creates another problem: the overall running of the album. It is noticeable slower and less multi-faceted than the rest and, while being a great song on its own, it stalls. And this is perhaps the weakest link. While The Underdark was crafted as an album, Doors Open is, in the end, merely a collection of songs without the coherence and mood set by its predecessor.

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January 4th 2009


Album Rating: 4.0

Don't kill me!

I would greatly appreciate it if someone with a physical copy could confirm whetever the proper name is "Head of Vecna" or "Head of Vecha". Both forms seems to be floating around...

January 4th 2009


good first. i would complain about the lack of artwork but i know you didnt add the album so no problem there.

January 4th 2009


Don't kill me!

I ignore your cry for mercy.
This doesn't really sound like a 4 review. More along the lines of 3 or 2.5. Other than that, very good first. I couldn't find anything to kill you for, other than usage of the word "emocore"

January 4th 2009


not sure i entirely agree with the review but whatever - funeral diner rule especially on the underdark where they rule hard

January 4th 2009


What do you eat at a funeral diner?
Yes I'll have the Melloncholy for a starter.
What would you like to drink sir?
Um... I'll have some embalming fluid. Thanks.

January 5th 2009


Such a good band. This EP isn't bad, either. I have track 4 listed as "Head of Vecha," but I'm not sure whether it's correct or not.

January 5th 2009


their website lists it as vecna

also, Message Edited On 01.04.09

July 23rd 2013


3.6 is an accurate rating for this lol. this and is dead are tied for second best release from fd, though their side of the ampere split has one of their best songs ever

November 22nd 2014


what a solid group man

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