Funeral For A Friend NME Review

8 10 2009

This ran in NME a couple of weeks ago, so here’s a wee reprint…

FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND

YOUR HISTORY IS MINE: 2002-2009

(ATLANTIC)

7/10

In many ways Welsh rockers Funeral for a Friend couldn’t have timed the release of this Best Of any better. Just as bands like Alexisonfire and Cancer Bats were beginning to threaten their standing as lords of the (slam) dance, this album (plus an odd ‘n’ sods bonus disk) serves as an excellent reminder of just how innovative they can be. Featuring some classic melodies (‘Into Oblivion (Reunion)’) and riffs that are heavier than Satan’s under-carriage, the retrospective is a surprisingly tuneful collection. Better yet are the four, punk-tinged new tracks at the end, which point towards a bright future ahead. The screamo ship may be sinking, but at least Funeral for a Friend remembered their life jackets. Edwin McFee

DOWNLOAD: ‘Juneau’