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Funeral for a Friend
Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation (Ferret)

By: Mike SOS

There's a huge buzz surrounding Funeral for a Friend, and with good reason. This Welsh quintet has turned the UK scene on its ear with their special blend of emo, metal, and hardcore. Now, it's time to conquer the good old USA, and the band seems poised to do just that. On the outfit's first full-length collection, the 12-track Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation, the band's distinctive essence is remarkably captured, thanks to the stupendous knob twiddling of metal monger Colin Richardson. FFAF morphs gracefully from hulking behemoths to fragile lovemongers, as tracks like the cascading and stunning "Juneau", the arena rock strut of "Escape Artists Never Die", and the dynamic bursts found in "Red is the New Black" aptly showcase. Drawing comparisons to fellow countrymen Lostprophets, both groups play with similar conviction and passion, and employ many of the same influences. By taking metallic guitar antics, sturdy hardcore rhythms, and topping it off with the fervor of every emo frontman that matters, Funeral for a Friend, like their Welsh counterparts, have laid out the template for today's rockers to follow, making the listener feels every heartfelt cry and undoubtedly feels every pulsating guitar riff as if it were the last played on Earth. Easily one of the best albums thus far this year, find out for yourself what the buzz is all about.
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