Monday, 7 November 2011
Review: Funeral for a Friend - See You All In Hell
To my surprise, also enjoyable is the remix of the Welcome Home Armageddon track Medicated by fellow Bridgend resident LoveGadgetsHateGizmos, giving the track a more gentle and ambient atmosphere, which gives the track a more atmospheric and chilling perspective, as well as giving the song some qualities of the soundtrack of 1980s video games.
These are probably the two main highlights of the EP, listeners will also find live versions of Sixteen, Broken Foundation, Man Alive and Front Row Seats to the End of the World, recorded at XFM, as well as acoustic versions of Old Hymns and Welcome Home Armageddon, where the power of the vocals of Matt Davies-Kreye take real control and their sense of power is beautifully revealed.
However, the EP isn't all good and well. Their cover of Strife's Will To Die, is well done enough, however in comparison to the original, it's pretty weak. Mainly because the group don't really do enough to make it their own, and it doesn't pack the same punch of the original at all. Also Richards Matt Davies-Kreye sound like add to the feeling of unoriginality, as it sounds like they're doing cheap impressions of Rick Rodney and Chino Moreno's vocal efforts in the 1997 original.
Other than that, See You All In Hell serves as a solid collection of decent hardcore songs played with much ferocity and power when live and with much soul and serenity when acoustic or remixed. It's simply a sign that FFAF are still standing strong in spite of any little slip up that gets in their way.
Funeral for a Friend's See You All In Hell is out now via Distiller Records. The band will play at The Ballroom in Birmingham with The Subways on the 16th December.