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Funeral for a Friend's energized blend of emo, metal, and post-hardcore is created by vocalist Matt Davies, guitarists Kris Roberts and Darran Smith, bassist Gareth Davies, and drummer Randy Richards. The Welsh quintet first appeared in 2002 with a series of EPs and singles, including Between Order and Model, Four Ways to Scream Your Name, and Juneau. Such releases helped land the group on ... Read more in Amazon's Funeral for a Friend Store

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  • Audio CD (28 Jan 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Distiller
  • ASIN: B00A9YBV1E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,866 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It was in 2001 that Funeral for a Friend began life, bursting out of Bridgend, Wales with the weight of expectation on their shoulders. The post-hardcore outfit were, said the press, to be the saviours of British rock music. They were going to reignite its flame, rejuvenate a dying breed of music; they would re-energise the passion that was (and some may say still is) missing in mainstream rock outfits.

And they did, but perhaps not to the extent – as is so often the case – that their major record label wanted. Riddled with a host of problems, not least a revolving door of band members, the group did well. But they never reached the stratospheric heights that others had hoped for.

2013 finds the band with another new member – former Rise to Remain drummer Pat Lundy – and a new album, the sixth of their career. While that career might not have made them international superstars, it’s certainly made them focus on their music: Conduit is a blistering return to their musical roots.

Blasting though 11 songs, it’s far from the sound of a veteran band simply going through the motions. Instead, within the seething pulse of Travelled, the direct and aggressive riffage of the title track and the catchy but gruff anthemics of Nails, they’re evidently a band that’s as hungry as ever.

Partly, that’s due to Lundy’s influence from behind the kit – he propels these songs with a youthful, aggression that, while not lacking in the band before, was a less salient part of their songs. But on Conduit, that raw urgency is the focal point, underpinning singer Matt Davies-Kreye’s gritty, gruff vocals.

There’s melody too, though, weaving between the angst and the anger – subtle nuances the band have honed over the last decade, which temper the aggression. Still, this is their best album for years – and if that’s the price for ‘underachievement’, it’s one that Funeral for a Friend should be happy to pay.

--Mischa Pearlman

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Very impressive... quite probably their most heavy & most technical record yet. It's fast paced and agressive while always keeping the melody. It relates to the early years of 'Seven Ways To Scream Your Name' EP or even 'Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation'.
The new drummer Pat Lundy (former 'Rise To Remain') along with bassist Richard deliver some of the best work the band has ever made, and in adition with guitarrists FFAF deliver the most powerful breakdowns in years.
The huge melodic chorus that are a constant on every Funeral For A Friend album are present, being ''Nails'', ''Spine'' and ''Best Friends And Hospital Beds'' the most representative.
Sounds like a very lively record which will certainly be very welcomed by the audience at a live show.

Heavy, agressive, melodic, technical, and the heart and soul of the band remains. Very good indeed
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Robinson on 6 Feb 2013
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Don't get me wrong, the tracks aren't too bad. It's definitely a more raw sounding album with little to no harmonies squeezed in. These songs would go great live and mixed with old classics but falls so short as an album in itself.

The entire album is barely 30minutes and full of punchy, boring 2 minute tracks.

I'm not saying don't buy it, just don't pay a lot of money for 'half' an album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J Morgan on 31 Jan 2013
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A must have for any fan of FFAF. Back to their best!
Although the songs are rather short and the album is only 30 minutes, it just means that the album plays on repeat more often, which means more FFAF.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher P. Sharp on 28 Jan 2013
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Just sat through my first play through of the new album. It's very much a back-to-basics approach.
Compared with their last offering Welcome Home Armageddon, Conduit is very much a push towards punchy, high octane songs like Broken Foundation. You can still hear the well-honed melodies that permeate through the majority of the band's work (listen to Elements and Best Friends). But you can hear a large push towards early FFAF, songs like The Art Of American Football spring to mind.
Be prepared to be grabbed by the scruff of the neck and dragged through this at pace. You can feel the band's enthusiasm growing with every song, right up to the fantastic High Castles.

In short;
It's raw, it's energetic, it's refreshing and it's very very good.
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I had high hopes for Conduit after 2011's Welcome Home Armageddon, which suggested that FFAF were back to their best. It was packed full of awesome riffs and catchy melodies and highlighted some of the bands heaviest and most tuneful songs.

Unfortunately Conduit falls short of expectations. There's plenty of aggression present in all of the songs which will no doubt please many. These 11 songs are probably the closest in sound to Funeral's earliest work, but that isn't necessarily a positive.

The album opens with 'Spine', which is fast paced and features some semi-screamed vocals from Matt. It has promise but is let down by a lack of melody and also feels short lived. In many ways it's a perfect snapshot of the entire album.

The following song, 'Conduit', is a little heavier and much more frustrating. This song could have been excellent if it had a chorus with a killer hook; the type we know FFAF can pull off. You're left waiting and waiting for that sing-along hook that never comes.

Thankfully things pick up, albeit briefly, from this point. 'The Distance' wouldn't feel out of place on Welcome Home Armageddon and provides the chorus that the opening two tracks were lacking. 'Best Friends and Hospital Beds' continues in the same vein with an aggressive verse and melodic chorus. Completing a trio of outstanding tracks, 'Nails' shows a bit more variation. The aggression is still there but the pace is a little slower and the vocals a little bit cleaner.

At this point the album seems promising but unfortunately the next three tracks fall flat. 'Death Comes to Us All' reverts to the formula of the first two tracks and is no more successful. Then comes 'Travelled', which is arguably the lowest point of the album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Feb 2013
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When I first listened to the album, I wasn't sure about it and I thought it was a little bit short and lacking the screaming of Ryan on drums. I now feel the opposite way though. I like the fact that it's short. It somehow gives each song more energy and you just power through it and shout your way through the tracks with Matt. It's very different from their last album and probably closer to a more mature Seven Ways to Scream Your Name.

I saw them live the other day in York and the new songs are brilliant live, my favourite being The Distance. Gave myself a sore throat singing along though! Definitely the best FFAF gig I've been to for a while and I personally can't stop listening to the album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Edan on 30 Jan 2013
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Funeral For A Friend have done it again!
Conduit is a amazing album, and follows on perfectly from Welcome Home Armageddon.
I would recommend this album to any FFAF fan, it blends melodic choruses with hardcore riffs.
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Listen, this might not be their best work from a technical perspective. The duelling riffs and vocal harmonies aren't here, and it lacks the intricacies and melodic touch that you'll find in previous albums. There aren't any standout 'moments' or tracks you'll be screaming to be played at a festival.

But, this is something different, and for what it is, it is superb. If you just want a record you can throw on at full volume, nothing comes close. The riffs on this album are absolutely huge, and the percussion is hard-hitting. It's an absolute belter, no question.
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