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Funeral For A Friend

Funeral For A Friend: HoursHours (2005)
Warner Music Group

Reviewer Rating: 4
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Contributed by: Mr_IanMr_Ian
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It's make or break time for FFAF with this album; 2003's Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation was only half new material and, regardless of how good that material was, longtime fans were a trifle pissed off at the band's laziness. So, I guess this could be considered their first proper full-le.
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It's make or break time for FFAF with this album; 2003's Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation was only half new material and, regardless of how good that material was, longtime fans were a trifle pissed off at the band's laziness. So, I guess this could be considered their first proper full-length. The hype has been pretty ridiculous; "All Hail the Kings of Extremo" says the NME, with their usual bluster. Is it any good, though? Yup.

Opener "All The Rage" starts the album off strongly with some some excellent guitar-work and some of Matt Davies' strongest lyrics; " I'm sick and tired of always being the good guy" and "Like sitting in the back seat and boring me with your body / It's all the rage". Emo clichés they might be, but sung with such conviction (and Davies' vocals have never sounded better, Terry date did a helluva production job) they never fail to resonate with the listener.

The second track and lead single, "Streetcar," had a lot of radio play over here in the UK and ended up going top ten in the singles charts; it's a pretty catchy tune, with lyrics concerning lost loves and friends due to constant touring. It also features a pretty ridiculous middle section featuring various people saying down a phone line "I just can't feel the same about you anymore." It doesn't ruin the song or anything, but it's pretty fucking stupid sounding. The forthcoming single "Monsters" is nowhere near as catchy and with lyrical themes of despair and envy won't really get them a repeat appearance on Top of The Pops...which is probably a good thing.

The "screamo"-style songs on the record (of which there are only a few) are pretty much FFAF by numbers, which is good if you're a fan already but won't convert you if you're not. However, the slower songs, which make up the body of the album, are pretty fucking spectacular. First of these is "Hospitality" which concerns Matt's stay in hospital and has some striking lyrics: "I please forgive me / I'm no martyr" is just an example of his despair at the time, something anyone who's been a "benificiary" of our Nation Helath Service will attest.

One of the best songs on the album is "History" with its chant-along chorus sure to be a massive hit with a live audience; "Raise Your fingers for one last salute / and bleed this skyline dry / your history is mine" is sure to be ringing out around arenas pretty damn soon.

Album closer "Sonny," which, thankfully, bears no resemblance to the cloying New Found Glory song of the same name, is my favourite track on the disc. Similar to the closer "Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape" on Underoath's last CD its processed beat-beginning and loud ending (but bettering that song in every regard), it ends the album on a pretty high note, with Davies' vocals again being particularly strong. It is becoming a cliché (there's that word again) to end an album of this type with a slow song, but when it's this good you shouldn't care.

Overall, this is a fine effort from the band; it doesn't exceed expectations in any regard, but it certainly lives up to them. Feeling much more like an actual album than its predecessor, Hours successfully justifies its hype. Next time, maybe they'll get rid of the tired screaming altogether.

 

 
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life-is-fucking-joke (February 15, 2007)

i love them

Anonymous (March 22, 2006)

what can a say .....a bit different than casually dressed in conversation and seven ways to scream....but its still one fantastic album

Anonymous (December 27, 2005)

this album is fukkin great and anyone who thinks it is rubbish should be shot!
From Ed in da uk

Anonymous (September 18, 2005)

Bollocks to you all!! In my opinion ( in which we are all entitled) this album is fantastic no questions about that. Funeral did say when recording this album not to expect another casually dressed- dont you think that would have made them more of a sell out? right? To do a " If somethings not broken- dont fix it" album! it shows how in 2 years there musical tastes have changed as they do with us all. I dont think it was there intention to make an album more mainstream or easier on the ears but I think the album shows maturity and Matt's Lyrics are outstanding( take out the sleeve and read them!!). As for cashing in from what I hear they are still gaining a name for themselves in America and over here still playing to just a few thousand so I doubt they have a pot to piss in. Well I shal invest in this band after hearing this album and reading all your shitty comments Ive just bought tickets for the TOC tour in Nov, So cheers you achieved the unimaginable and just pocketed the band some more hard earned cash!! I shal buy a T-Shirt at the gig also- just for you guys!! WANKERS!!
Funeral rule- If anyone has any sense go onto the website and listen to it yourself, oh and also pop onto the forum to see how the band CASH in on their fans cos they dont seem to be complaining all 3200 of them registered.

Anonymous (August 5, 2005)

FIrst of all this cd is no good compared to casually dressed & Deep in conversation the two arnt even a comparison. second of all get rid of the screamin are you crazy! thats what make ffaf sound as good as they are if they take out the screamin they loose me as a fan and many more.

crazytoledo (July 30, 2005)

Better than Hawthorne Heights.

md40_07 (July 30, 2005)

hmm...not what i really expected I guess which in this case wasn't good. Not horrible though

Anonymous (July 23, 2005)

Well, I for one AM from Wales and I can positively confirm that...

Yes, Funeral For A Friend are utter shite. This album is fucking dire, it's so shockingly poor infact, that I haven't even bought it or indeed heard single second of it...but can still resolutely gaurantee it's shitness nonethelees.

Cheers, againstnick.

Anonymous (July 20, 2005)

I think this record is pretty good because its consistent, none of the tunes really stand out but it good quality over all. i think the guitar and drum lines are quite tasteful and the lyrics show a growing maturity.

I think the welsh voices on streetcar are cool at least they arent denying that they are welsh...*cough cough lostprophets*...i think they should have used a welsh choir on history too...

but the art work is rather embarressing thou...

Anonymous (July 18, 2005)

I am sorry but robbie williams has no relivence here.
Bad example dude, V bad example.

Anonymous (July 14, 2005)

i like this album, its very simular tho to a lot of music around today. but i give it 7. its funny how you people brand music. does it really matter. reading some of u crazy folks messages below, if robby williams (who i really enjoyed at Live 8) was to suddenly get branded by some punk zine as hardcore you'd conciosuly say "well i guess he aint so bad". Listen to the music, forget the branding.

Anonymous (July 14, 2005)

the dude below totally has a point, who gives a fuck if its mainstream or not. I dont, i like the tunes, they're catchy and I enjoy listening to it. But wait, according to you kids its not about that. its about being "straight edge", its about supporting "Its cool to be underground" lables like Newest Industry. I really hope i wasnt that short sited when i was first into all this.

Monk Dave, you man, you're the worst. I see your shit all over place, about how people have sold out, how people have gone from being under you to being way above you. So the Matt Davies has become successful... Give over, the guys become successful and you're bitter. You have the cheek to knock all this kids listening to bigger bands like FFaF and yet they are the ones who are right. They are the ones listening to music because they like it, not becuase some up-his-own-arse small label owner screams "They were cool when they were underground".

Grow up.

Anonymous (July 11, 2005)

"jesus christ, dont you bums have anything better to do than slate what you think are "mainstream" bands all day?
incase you hadnt noticed, music doesnt work like that. what your saying is the more famous, the more shit a band is which shows that you really are, complete and utter morons who have absolutely no idea what music is about. its not about genres and its not about lyrical content or any of those things. its weather people like it or not which depends entirely upon every individual. if you dont like it, fine. theres no need for the slating and if you feel that strongly, dont comment atall.
im so tired of reading all these lame ass coments of all you whiney kids who think its up to you to decide what makes a "real" emo or a "real" hardcore band. if you know so much about how a band should be, why dont you make one. ill tell you why you dont make one, because really...you dont know shit.
if you dont have anything useful or intelligent to say then poke it up your ass.
im not saying that sensible criticisim is wrong or that only people who liked the album should post. just be grown up about it. proper critique, not pathetic comments like "they're not emo, just mainstream wannabes"
im not a ffaf fanboy, but i think this album is good and weather its mainstream or not makes no fucking difference."

There's something called musical history and emo and hardcore have already been defined to a certain extent. Funeral For A Friend fit into neither of those catagories, though i guess they aren't that far removed from metalcore. As for saying people who are calling this band mainstream, don't try pulling that shit, people are saying they are shit and there's their opinion.
I'm glad some people comment on Funeral For A Friend, hopefully this way kids will actually get a clue about music.
Oh yeah who said we weren't in bands?

Anonymous (July 6, 2005)

jesus christ, dont you bums have anything better to do than slate what you think are "mainstream" bands all day?
incase you hadnt noticed, music doesnt work like that. what your saying is the more famous, the more shit a band is which shows that you really are, complete and utter morons who have absolutely no idea what music is about. its not about genres and its not about lyrical content or any of those things. its weather people like it or not which depends entirely upon every individual. if you dont like it, fine. theres no need for the slating and if you feel that strongly, dont comment atall.
im so tired of reading all these lame ass coments of all you whiney kids who think its up to you to decide what makes a "real" emo or a "real" hardcore band. if you know so much about how a band should be, why dont you make one. ill tell you why you dont make one, because really...you dont know shit.
if you dont have anything useful or intelligent to say then poke it up your ass.
im not saying that sensible criticisim is wrong or that only people who liked the album should post. just be grown up about it. proper critique, not pathetic comments like "they're not emo, just mainstream wannabes"
im not a ffaf fanboy, but i think this album is good and weather its mainstream or not makes no fucking difference.

Anonymous (July 3, 2005)

The fact that a band is a soldout, mainstream band means nothing. What you should be lookin at is whether the band makes good music. FFAF make pretty good music, not the best, but above average, and i couldn't give a damn if they're going mainstream. U2 is about as mainstream as they come, yet I'm a huge fan. Music is about art, not record labels or scenes. I live in South AFrica and couldn't give a shit if FFAF messed up the Walsh scene, their musics good and i get to hear it. Did U2 destroy the Irish music scene, or join the international music scene?

Anonymous (July 2, 2005)

Congratulations to everyone on this page who bought their best insults to the dance to throw at Funeral For A Friend.

Seriously. This band is about as mainstream as they come yeah? Surely you'd all realise they're easy targets for all your shots?

CherryColaRain (June 29, 2005)

I actually liked this album. It's nothing new but it isn't bad at all, thats my opinion anyways.

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

I thought people were bitching on him because he isn't "edge" any more?

Oh, and yeah, Bullet For My Valentine are like Nazi rape porn - sick, wrong, must be stopped.

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

too long of a name for a band who is nothing great. i mean theyre ok. but i shouldnt have to waste a breath reciting the bands name to a friend.

Anonymous (June 28, 2005)

"And as for attacking the lead singer because he's christian and straight-edge, thats just immature."

Welcome to the south Wales train of thought.

Anonymous (June 27, 2005)

I'm not gonna get in a argument but i actually think "whether or not you make a change against your beliefs and compromise for cash." is exactly what matt davies did.
Hmm Unearth are a metalcore band.

Anonymous (June 27, 2005)

cool, you should change ya last name to "Away"

mmm not that funny really x

Anchors (June 27, 2005)

Fair enough, I think calling a person a sellout is pretty much the dumbest thing you can say. I suppose there are instances where it's true, but kids love to call bands sellouts without any sort of warrant.

And yes, Anchors is my real name, on a job application it would read like so;

Anchor, The, Vs. Water The

Anonymous (June 27, 2005)

you may have a fair point about matt davis, from what i remember he did do alot for the local industry with the zine and the mighty atom shop, label etc. If anything with him hitting the big time, he'd have an even bigger voice and alot more leverage to make an impact on his humble beginnings.(To Busy? ) but as a band they're still young, maybe they've been
manipualted by the industry fat cats. it could easliy be that they've written the music to sell as a product of the changing time. but it could be that band just did their thing and it's just they way music turned out, i wouldn't of thought they set out to go soft. if anything them being less scremo is to their detriment cos the kids are loving bands like Underoath and stuff like that, it's just quite hard to stay underground these days if your anygood. Which FFAF are, the boys can play. Maybe it is all about image or a quality. Record company's must've seen and had an ideal for FFAF.
I'm not saying the band was huge, but they're pretty well established before "Hours". it's a little bit harder to cash in if ya already got success doing what you want.
I think hondo could be more of a sell out situation, their album has got loads of emo styling that's completly taken from whats in at the moment. besides being punk is'nt as cool as it used to be, it's not really that uncool to sell out these days or is it just harder to define. anyways i think i've contradicted myself a bit to much already.. .... I guess what it boils down to is whether or not you make a change against your beliefs and compromise for cash. but if you make a change regardless then furry muff.

As far as being branded with type genre lables i don't get that either. one of my favourite bands are " Unearth" but i dunno whether they metal core hard core or what ?(maybe someone could help) so i try and stay away from labaling bands.

Anonymous (June 27, 2005)

btw oh yeah for the record to my post below, i'm not from wales and i hate Funeral For A Friend.

Anonymous (June 27, 2005)

Actually from what i gather Dave was saying that they are sellouts for the simple fact that matt davies decided "hell i'm not interested in punk anymore or helping out my local scene" and did the trendy thing of trying to cash in on a sound that the kids are into completley erasing his morals, as somebody else put it people aren't actually calling them sellouts for being on a major or whatever, people are saying they are shit for making the same cliched records over and over.
i think shit like bullet for my valentine and funeral for a friend give wales a bad name!, luckily Daves label does not, he gives it a good name with some great bands.
Also I'm getting pissed off with kids calling metalcore bands hardcore bands and funeral for a friend emo, i'll post it once and i'll post it again, get a education everybody.

http://www.fourfa.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki /Hardcore_punk

Crookedsuperhero (June 27, 2005)

When local bands get a break?

I'm pretty sure most bands start of as local bands. It's just a lot of these bands aren't complete shit.

Anonymous (June 27, 2005)

Well, people have commented about them being on top of the pops and changing style etc which may or may not have Insinuated FFAF being sellouts i dunno. my main arguement was about when local bands get a brake they seem to get loads of shit, maybe because people are envious, or they think success will change them. i dunno prehaps they're wankers to begin with. my closing comment was refering to the guy who called matt davis a sell out and a cunt to boot (nice guy!) probably should have been a bit more specific.
although he is the face/main voice of FFAF.
Hope that cleared things up.

oh.. and it's a nick name. i'm sure your name isn't Anchors is it!

Anchors (June 27, 2005)

Hey, you below me, nobody's calling them sellouts, everyone is calling them shitty.

Pipe down, you have a dog's name.

Anonymous (June 27, 2005)

I bet half the people who've slated this band are from wales. just jelous that they're not in a band that could get anywhere near the success of FFAF or B4MV for that matter. Instead they're just crying about. It's amazing how people will turn around and scream sell out, at the first sign of a decent band getting a break or two. People should be proud of these bands and fucking grateful of the exposure that they bring to areas like south wales. It'll definately pave the way for better bands trying to get out of S wales . Anyways as far as the Cds concerned it's not bad, it's a bit different to their older stuff and i Personally think that they're first album is alot better but the record seems to have a natural feel to it. I love the single too.
I wouldn't of thought that furneral are bothered by nobodies calling them sell outs.
Spike xx

Anonymous (June 27, 2005)

oh, and for the record, new found glory does rule. good thing fall otu boy gets to take all the heat NFG used too...glad its finally boring to hate on NFG.

paul

Anonymous (June 27, 2005)

" It doesn't ruin the song or anything, but it's pretty fucking stupid sounding"

more reviewers need to be blunt like that. just give it to me straight, not using big words please. thanks good review

paul

Anonymous (June 27, 2005)

Super Furry Animals are the best band from Wales.

swingline (June 27, 2005)

real emo is fucking stupid. rites of spring is horrible to my ears.

rkl (June 26, 2005)

i just wanted to join the "real emo" conversation.

rites of spring.

everything else blows. hang yourself with a sweater, bitches.

Anonymous (June 26, 2005)

i like it, and i am a pretty long term ffaf fan. Seeing them for the third and fourth times this year. I wanna c if their new album live shows will live up to the casually dressed tour. I like the new slow 'ballads' like History, and overall a good album. By the way, a mistake in the review - streetcar made 15 in the charts, not top 10!!

Anonymous (June 26, 2005)

Q: "Have any of you flamers even heard this album yet?"

A: No we have taste in music, and if you have heard one modern "emo" band then you've heard a 100000 more

Anonymous (June 26, 2005)

Matt is not straight edge anymore. He still loves the fraudulent religion though. They mimed on Top of The Pops. The fact they were even ON Top Of The Pops in the first place is fucking pathetic and laughable. What the fuck has "punk" and "hardcore" become? As for Bullet For My Valleys Ass, that band is even more full of shit. They used to be a pub metal band called Jeff Killed John, playing metal Status Quo covers and stuff, but saw the success FFAF were getting so totally changed their image, sound and name to appeal to the "MySpace" generation. Just total transparent, generic, superficial, meaningless fucking wannabe famous shit. It's always the same though, these fucks are gonna use "the scene" for their own means, then sign on the dotted line as soon as they can... I actualy would reintroduce capitol punishment in the UK soley for members of these bands!

Anonymous (June 26, 2005)

Have any of you flamers even heard this album yet? So many of you are critiscising the screamo influences that permeated their previous efforts, screamo influences that are all but non-existent in this offering. And as for attacking the lead singer because he's christian and straight-edge, thats just immature. This album, while certainly not being "the best album of the year", is a damn good offering from the band; its progressed from Casually Dressed and is decidely "un-poppy", not aimed at a mainstream audience, like it could have been, instead it's the band expressing the feelings they've developed over the last three years of their unwilling "star-dom". Stop saying cliche and give the album a listen!

Anonymous (June 26, 2005)

Score is for bullet for my valentine totally fucking ffaf up, this band is going down. Sure, b4mv is extremly cliched and all that, but still, it's better than all the other cliche-bands.

Anonymous (June 26, 2005)

What?!? The new Finch album, where they've tried to do something a little different and escape the boring 'screamo' scene, gets shat all over by you guts (not even a couple of stars for effort) while this big generic pile of steaming emo dog shite gets four stars?!?

Crookedsuperhero (June 26, 2005)

Yay!!

Anonymous (June 26, 2005)

This band have never been good. And I sweare 3 of them look exactly the same as one another...

I too fear that Bullet For My Valentine will become big as well, they are just as bad.

Joe

Anonymous (June 26, 2005)

No John Doe review yet?

Fuzzy (June 25, 2005)

I always assumed they were named after the comic series when Superman died...

Anonymous (June 25, 2005)

Go on then Crooky... put a note in the order so I know who you are and what your game is!

Dave.

Mr_Streetcore (June 25, 2005)

this is a joke right? funeral for a friend are terrible!

Anonymous (June 25, 2005)

This band are hilarious in the i'm standing over the over side of the street laughing at their misfortune type way.

Crookedsuperhero (June 25, 2005)

Indeed, The Newest Industry is fantastic.

Now since the promos finished, how about giving me a buy the BCSU album, get the EP free deal? Due to internet problems i missed the first one.....

Anonymous (June 25, 2005)

dam typo i meant Bedford Falls.
Yeah, check out the whole label and i think the quality will speak for itself.

Anonymous (June 25, 2005)

"I hate it when bands name themselves after a song title and then no one catches the reference and the band sounds nothing like what they're referencing.

Elton John and Bernie Taupin would probably shit themselves with rage if they knew that this band existed"

Actually they took their name from a Planes Mistaken For Stars track, shame they sound nothing like them.....FFAF total assholes

Newest Industry, fantastic label showing what GREAT bands wales has to offer such as Four Letter Word, No Choice and Bedfore Falls.

Anonymous (June 25, 2005)

On behalf of my fellow Welsh country men, I apologise wholeheartedly to Crooky, and everyone else, for this appalling band. And also for Bullet For My Valentine (Bollock For My Frankenstein), Lost Prophets and more. Obviously "location is everything" to the corporate music industry at the moment over here, and South Wales is getting a fucking battering!

Monk Dave, spokesperson for a dying breed.
http://www.thenewestindustry.com

PS. Matt Davies is the BIGGEST sell out in history. He used to make a 'zine called Third Engine, was the "little cool 'zine kid" that would come over our house and help out with the Fracture Fanzine mail (UK MRR type thing from a few years back)... he was also straight edge then... nowadays he does interviews where he says things like "scene? what scene? there is no scene anymore" and is a Jesus bumming fraudulent piss-head.

BIGGEST.CUNT.EVER.

Jesse (June 25, 2005)

I hate it when bands name themselves after a song title and then no one catches the reference and the band sounds nothing like what they're referencing.

Elton John and Bernie Taupin would probably shit themselves with rage if they knew that this band existed.

Anonymous (June 25, 2005)

This reviewer has got to be serious.............

Anonymous (June 25, 2005)

Good God!
I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

Anonymous (June 25, 2005)

"Ian, I hope you're ready to get flamed the hell out of by people for giving this an 8. I personally don't care, but what I do care about is you propagating this as screamo, it's not.

Go buy an Orchid record, and if you can tell me it sounds like this, I'll retract my statement. Until then, stop using the same misguided generalizations as Rolling Stone."

someone with a brain.. thank god
orchid rocks

Crookedsuperhero (June 24, 2005)

He gets it. The monkeys on it's way.

Feeder are so much better than this. FFAF aren't anything new and they ain't good enough to stand out from their tired genre.

Dandelion and Burdoc is the worst thing on earth. Make the right choice, toilet it.

mr_ian (June 24, 2005)

Maybe an 8 was a little generous, but I was in a good mood when i wrote the damn review. I know the lyrics were a little cliched, I fu cking SAID they were, but when sung as well and with as much conviction as they are I think they sound great. Oh, and these guys kick NFG's ass in every possible way. I cant believe Feeder are being mentioned on this board - I saw them support REM they other day and they didnt even play their one good song (Insomnia)

The welsh band is Bullet For My Valentine, yeah? I just got back from seeing them and FFAF play and they sucked (FFAF were great as ever, was gonna post a review but why bother eh?)
Has anyone ever drunk Vodka flavoured with Dandelion and Bordoc? I just found some in my fridge and am a little scared to drink it...

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

If you're looking for a semi-decent Welsh band... try Feeder, or Super Furry Animals. Or Ashokan - Welsh language crazy shit

OR ALSO CHECK OUT MCLUSKY

SoupIsGoodFood (June 24, 2005)

This band sucks.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

all i know about these guys is that the singer tries holding onto notes for way too long and they came to the states thinking they were the shit right off the bat. completely annoying if you ask me

EMOHOLOCAUST (June 24, 2005)

Shit funeral for friend has gone softer... But i'm still gonna see them though if eve they tour in the bay area. That one song "storytelling " from their last summer is
kinda like my new summer anthem right now since i got ditched by my girlfriend. ,
this is emoholocaust!!!!!

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

Dam i'm out of ideas i have no idea who it is then, but i will probably kick myself when you tell me.

CrookedSuperhero (June 24, 2005)

Not Dopamine.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

I demand that this review be bumped from an 8 to a 2 possibly 1. When their EPs came out they were mildly amusing. I enjoyed the screaming and somewhat technical guitars, but this just sucks. Thumbs down from me.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

Dam i'm all out of ideas who this welsh band could be, i'm guessing they probably want to be Funeral For A Friend, no wait is it dopamine by any chance! that would make sense, and will i have to put up with their ugly mugs starring at me from newstands glossy mags like FFAF?

Crookedsuperhero (June 24, 2005)

Sigh. That's a huge same. I used to listen to them a lot.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

As much as I loved Comfort In Sound, Pushing The Senses is a turgid piece of shit. It has about 1 or 2 genuinely good songs, a few mediocre ones, and the rest are just dull beyond.

Crookedsuperhero (June 24, 2005)

Bigger than Johnny Truant.

I really liked Feeder's new song. New album: is it a reccomendation? I didn't like the last one too much.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

If you're looking for a semi-decent Welsh band... try Feeder, or Super Furry Animals. Or Ashokan - Welsh language crazy shit.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

Here's a joke for Funeral For a Friend
What were you listening to 2 years!! back nu metal??? haaa
i wonder if the next album will be metalcore.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

actually that band i'm thinking of might of been Shaped By Fate, oh i don't know really! they both sound the same.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

Your not talking about that piece of shit band Johhny Truant by any chance? welsh metalcore BORING next trend.

Neo_Reloaded (June 24, 2005)

I can't think of any other Welsh bands besides Lostprophets.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

I heard this cd playen in newburry comics one day and i was like ughh what the fuck are they playnig so i checked the currently playing sign thing and saw this shitty band's cd....too bad too because i really liked that song art of american football

Crookedsuperhero (June 24, 2005)

"This band wishes they were as good as New Found Glory. See, Crooky, not all bad music comes from the states, you guys are responsible for this one."

Another band's about to get big like this one, and if you think this is shit, the new one's gonna be a cringe event worldwide. First Brit to guess who i'm talking about get's a monkey.

And both are Welsh. What's up with that shit??

theundergroundscene (June 24, 2005)

new found glory rules

this cd however doesn't

total snoozefest

Anchors (June 24, 2005)

"Album closer "Sonny," which, thankfully, bears no resemblance to the cloying New Found Glory.."

This band wishes they were as good as New Found Glory. See, Crooky, not all bad music comes from the states, you guys are responsible for this one.

Anchors (June 24, 2005)

"Album closer "Sonny," which, thankfully, bears no resemblance to the cloying New Found Glory.."

This band wishes they were as good as New Found Glory. See, Crooky, not all bad music comes from the states, you guys are responsible for this one.

Anchors (June 24, 2005)

"Totality," Brian?

If so, that's the one I would have done anyway. It's damn good.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

Boy, I am shocked, SHOCKED, to see this got an 8.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

Boy, I am shocked, SHOCKED, to see this got an 8.

Crookedsuperhero (June 24, 2005)

The song i heard of this was boring as fuck.

slippy (June 24, 2005)

Lame.

DFelon204409 (June 24, 2005)

This album is in no way emo. What the fuck is extremo? Bullshit. Emo stands for emotional hardcore and real emo bands like Reach Out, Kite Flying Society, and Saetia are way more "extreme" than Funeral for a Friend or any of their diluted pop punk friends.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

I too saw them perform 'streetcar' on top of the pops and I laughed and cringed in equal measure. Biggest sell-outs in recent memory.

Neo_Reloaded (June 24, 2005)

Yeah this album sucks pretty hard. I honestly did like their first two EPs when they were aggressive as hell and wrote interesting guitar parts, and their first LP to a lesser extent, but this is pure shit. I've never seen a band sell out so fast. I'm glad Top Of The Pops and some extra radio play was worth their integrity.

All The Rage, Roses For The Dead, and The End Of Nothing are the only songs that show any degree of passion or intensity. Streetcar is catchy for a single I suppose. Every single other song on the album is an unlistenable ballad about emo nonsense. The two or so ballads on the first CD fell flat on their faces, what made FFAF think 7 ballads would be a good idea for this CD? All the fucking FFAF fanboys who can't wait to get on their knees and give these guys head are ranting and raving about how the slow songs are "so deep and inspiring" are goddamn 12 year olds. It's pretty sad when a band of 20-something guys, many with wives and families, are still writing songs about making out in the backseat and whining about vague things in the world that depress them.

And just for the sake of people who haven't heard the record - only one song on the entire album has even a hint of screaming in it - The End Of Nothing. So they aren't even screamo in the Rolling Stone way anymore. Basically pure emo, with an occasional taste of post-hardcore when they decide to actually write a decent guitar part instead of just wanking and whining.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

I love the telephone bit in Streetcar, it's hilarious. To hear all these Valleys accents muttering "I can't feel the same about you anymore" into a phone, with this whole atmospheric backing music thing going on is hilarious.

I dunno, maybe you just have to be Welsh to get it, but I do find it really funny.

As for this album... I do actually like Streetcar, but I've heard reports of Hours being extremely shit. I could get it.... but I could equally just spend said money on booze, which is probably the wiser investment.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

Wow the band "No Choice" made a song called "Sonny" on the album "Dry River Fishing" they are also from wales, "No Choice" are actually a good band, so spot the difference?

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

wow these guys wouldn't know emo if it hit them on the nose, this site thankfully does http://www.fourfa.com

Also this band are too good to play my town now because they are "famous" that i am truley glad of, they are cliched little fucks, oh yeah get a haircut.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

"The hype has been pretty ridiculous; "All Hail the Kings of Extremo" says the NME, with their usual bluster."

If the NME like it, thats pretty much a fucking given that it is shit. The NME hypes bands whose management pay them / throws groupies / give them drugs (delete as applicable)

And only they could come up with 'Extremo'...

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

these kids are shit

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

Worst. Cover. Art. Ever.

Larry Arms Review, no?

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

great album. although i dont understand how a reviewer can review this record without mentioning "end of nothing" and "roses for the dead"...as they are by far and easily the most badass songs theyve written too date.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

Score is for everything gwar have ever released

inagreendase (June 24, 2005)

I was bored three tracks into this.

I'll probably do an Orchid review sometime...

They put out a remastered rarities compilation in February, I'd probably opt for that.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

With cover art like that, this band is going places!

Ramo
(Being insincere...someone had to)

ElVaquero (June 24, 2005)

sure to be ringing out around arenas pretty damn soon.

Is this supposed to be a good fucking thing?!?!

kozaihod (June 24, 2005)

"Album closer "Sonny," which, thankfully, bears no resemblance to the cloying New Found Glory song of the same name, is my favourite track on the disc."

Yeah, says for itself.

This album is bad. Very bad indeed. Don't remember if the band was any good for itself anytime, through.

A well deserved 1.

ElVaquero (June 24, 2005)

Score is actually for Funeral Diner's The Underdark. "It's Good That We Never Met" slays me every time.

ElVaquero (June 24, 2005)

Nope.

swingline (June 24, 2005)

score is for the reviewer. i hate you.

stevejonestherealbones (June 24, 2005)

" I'm sick and tired of always being the good guy"

if thats one of his strongest lyrics...i'ld fuckin hate to read what he's written in the past....

- jones the bones

- steve

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

Those lyrics you quoted were the most cliche shit ever.

Man, screamo sucks even worse than Nu Metal.

- Starscream

Anchors (June 24, 2005)

Man do I hate Larry the Cable Guy. Seriously, shut him up.

I'll probably do an Orchid review sometime, and Love Lost But Not Forgotten as well. In the mean time, I reviewed the new Funeral Diner and that'll be up eventually. God damn does that album smoke.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

speaking of orchid, why the hell hasnt anyone reviewed an orchid album. anchors...

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

anchors, it's pretty much pointless to try to protest the raping of screamo. pretty much the same as trying to point out that larry the cable guy isn't funny. the whole thing has gone way too far to fix it. we just need to let it go gracefully.

soulbleed (June 24, 2005)

trash. this band has sucked for years now. also, agreed with that screamo statement.

Anchors (June 24, 2005)

Ian, I hope you're ready to get flamed the hell out of by people for giving this an 8. I personally don't care, but what I do care about is you propagating this as screamo, it's not.

Go buy an Orchid record, and if you can tell me it sounds like this, I'll retract my statement. Until then, stop using the same misguided generalizations as Rolling Stone.

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

Waaaaaaank

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