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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Hardcore / Artist: Funeral For A Friend / Limited Edition / Audio CD released 2011-03-14 at Distiller Records

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      21.06.2011 21:25
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      A great album produced by a great band

      This is a great album and FFAF should be proud to add it to their catalogue. The album sounds like a whole new sound with elements from CDADIC and the later albums as well as being more heavy and providing more melody within songs. I purchaesed the special edition of the album which looks nice although the discs come in 2 seperate cd slips and I would have prefered them to be in a CD case (plastic or cardboard).

      This Side of Brightness 10/10: The opening track provides a nice starting point to the album and has the same melody as the last track on the album making the album nice to listen to on repeat. The song has a simple guitar pattern that blends nicely into the next song.
      Old Hyms 9/10: This is the second track on the album and Matt (singer) provides a strong singing effort with some singing that provides little melody but works well on the track (this is apparent on many songs in the album but is done purposly), the song has some nice guitar work and is a great opening track to the album.
      Front Row Seats to the End of the World 9/10: This song was released as a single before the album was released and is one of the heavier songs on the album and one of the heaviest they have done. The drummer (Ryan Richards) provides screaming throughout the verses. The chorus is very catchy and this is a great song on the album, the introduction is nice and the verses provide variety.
      Sixteen 10/10: This song was relased on the The Young and Defenceless Ep and is still a great song. The music video also partners with the song fantasticly. The song has some great guitar work within it and is more poppy than other songs but the riffs are very catchy and lyrics are equally so.
      Aftertaste 8/10: This song fits well into this position and has some great melody within it. The song holds its own well after following 2 singles from the album. This song has some nice melody but the breakdown isn't great within the song compared to some of the others.
      Spinning over the Island 10/10: The drummer screams in this song again and Matt's vocal work is brilliant in this song. The song opens with a simple riff and starts out with some screaming, the singing then starts and has some great melody do it.
      Man Alive 8/10: This song opens with some more 'shouting/singing' vocals from Matt and does not have the strongest of verses however the chorus is very nice.
      Owls (Are Watching) 9/10: The intro and outro of the song are slow and add very nicely to the song. You expect the song to be slow but then it kicks in with a heavy riff and singing. The song is one of my favorites on the album and stands alone well.
      Damned if you do, Dead if you Don't 8/10: This is another song from the The Young and Defenceless EP and in my opinion is one of the weakest song on the album. There is a nice guitar riff throughout but the vocal work isn't great and not as catchy as in some of the other songs.
      Medicated 10/10: This song is the slowest on the album but is still not nessesarily 'slow' and adds to the album well. There is some great singing on this song and the melody in the chorus is fantastic.
      Broken Foundation 7/10: This is the latest single from the album and is my least favorite perhaps due to the week intro, however once moving further into the song it will grow on you.
      Welcome Home Armageddon 10/10: This is the last song on the album and is fantastic. The song starts out heavier and then the pase slows towards the end of the song. This is a great ending to a great album and the album as a whole is fantastic and one that I have been listening to on repeat for quite some time now.

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      15.06.2011 16:25
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      I love this album!

      Welcome Home Armageddon is an indie album by Funeral For A Friend, a Welsh band. This is their fifth studio album.

      Cover art for this album is a picture of a skeleton family sitting around a table and half of their house has been blown apart by a nuclear bomb which you can see exploding in the distance outside.

      The tracklisting for this album is as follows:
      1 This Side Of Brightness
      2 Old Hymns
      3 Front Row Seats To The End of The World
      4 Sixteen
      5 Aftertaste
      6 Spinning Over The Island
      7 Man Alive
      8 Owls (Are Watching)
      9 Damned If You Do, Dead If You Don t
      10 Medicated
      11 Broken Foundation
      12 Welcome Home Armageddon

      In my opinion, the three best songs on the album are Old Hymns, Spinning Over the Island and Medicated, which I have gone into more detail about below.

      Old Hymns is a very quick song with a fast heavy beat and you can't help but move when you hear it because it's just that sort of song. I think that the lyrics to this song are good in that they show how you can get sucked deeper and deeper into something and become dependant on something that can be taken away in the blink of an eye and I think that this is a very good song because of the lyrics in this song. However, it seems like the song is over extremely quickly which is one thing I dislike about it.

      Spinning Over the Island is a song which has quite a bit of screaming and ordinary singing in it. The two contrast quite well. There is less screaming in this song than there is in some of their other albums and other songs but I still think it sounds good. It has a strong beat to it and pretty much makes you want to headbang, particularly during the screamo parts. I think that this song is one of the best ones on this album, although admittedly I do like most of the songs on it. There are a few parts in this song where it suddenly slows down, almost like it's resting before it starts the remainder of the journey described in the song. I think this works well. I really do like this song.

      Medicated is a song which initially reminds me quite a bit of a song by AFI but it soon becomes apparent that this isn't the same song as the Funeral For A Friend sound begins to take over more. The lyrics to this song start right at the start which I think is a good thing because it shows that this band is different to many others that have a large introduction before there is anything else mentioned. The song isn't overly upbeat or overly sad sounding, yet the lyrics are certainly quite sad with lines like "paper houses, cutting corners" which is essentially showing the weakness of a household and it's members. It sounds like it could be talking about the children in a household with arguing parents, at least to me, but I may be wrong about whether this is actually the meaning of the song. I do really like this song though. Unlike most of Funeral For a Friend's songs, this one contains no screaming at all. I thought this wouldn't sound right for such a band but actually I think it works well.

      Overall, I really like this album. I think that the variety on it is really good and this means that there is likely to be something on it for everyone, rather than it just appealing to one specific audience like some bands seem to do. I think this is one of my favourite albums at the moment.

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  • Product Details

    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 This Side Of Brightness
    2 Old Hymns
    3 Front Row Seats To The End of The World
    4 Sixteen
    5 Aftertaste
    6 Spinning Over The Island
    7 Man Alive
    8 Owls (Are Watching)
    9 Damned If You Do, Dead If You Don t
    10 Medicated
    11 Broken Foundation
    12 Welcome Home Armageddon

    Disc #2 Tracklisting
    1 Symbolism in the Neighbourhood
    2 Sixteen (Demo Version)
    3 Sixteen (Acoustic Version)
    4 Damned If You Do, Dead If You Don't (Demo Version)
    5 Front Row Seats To The End of The World (Video)
    6 Serpents In Solitude (Video)
    7 Brazilian Tour Documentary