By Funeral for a Friend
Funeral for a Friend have been around for a good while now. When new album 'Memory And Humanity' hits the shelves on October 13th this year, it will be exactly five years to the day since their debut album was released upon the general public and their journey really began. The album is preceded by single 'Kicking And Screaming'.
It seems to lack a certain energy that Funeral have previously had. I think it's perhaps more of a grower than an instant classic. Ryan Richards from the band says that the album is 'full of songs that are just begging to be unleashed upon our lovely fans' but to me it's an album track and they made a mistake putting it out as a single. It's over before you know it too, throughout the three and a bit minutes you're awaiting the arrival of something special but it never really arrives. On second listen it gets better so I'm pretty sure it's a grower, but the first listen was slightly disappointing. It's still a bit flat, no big peaks, sing along points or immense blow away moments. It's a good solid release from an album that I hope brings all it's expected to. 'Kicking And Screaming' is once again another track from Funeral for a Friend that the fans will love and perhaps on the fourth or fifth time listening I've been a little harsh. The grade it gets is related to the initial play as well as how I feel about it now though. It's no 'Bend Your Arms To Look Like Wings', 'All The Rage' or 'Into Oblivion'. Shame.
Look out for the band on tour supported by Cancer Bats, In Case Of Fire and Attack Attack in the last three months of 2008. Funeral for a Friend are very much back.