REVIEW: Funeral For a Friend – ‘Chapter And Verse’

The Welsh post-hardcore outfit wasted no time returning to their edgiest days of post hardcore glory with the release of Chapter and Verse. Lead by the agonized yet passionate voice of Matthew Davies-Kreye, the album is magnetic and nostalgic, raw and relatable. I could not help but be reminded of the days I was obsessed with All-American Rejects upon hearing the cymbal-bashing, angst-ridden outcries of “Pencil Pusher.” The viciously sardonic rebellion of “Stand By Me For The Millionth Time” and “You’ve Got a Bad Case of the Religions” hail back to the adventurous feist of Casually Dressed. The clean bass lines surrounding “You Should Be Ashamed Of Yourself” are only slightly outshined by the indirect message that simple verse-chorus structures can still be compelling harbingers of an artistic concept. The favorite track for me was “Modern Excuse of a Man,” a track that pummels you with an old-school hardcore drum roll preceding the impassioned screams of their singer. By hammering modern messages of frustration and anger into what made the band so prosperous in the first place, Funeral for a Friend has written this next chapter of their life successfully.