With the departure of drummer Ryan Richards we saw former Rise to Remain drummer Pat Lundy fill his seat. The band stated when they were working on new material that they would be taking the band in a heavier direction. This was really interesting to hear, as Ryan Richards actually did all the non-clean vocals on the previous releases.
So how does the new stuff compare? It is actually a really solid album, the band definitely have taken a heavier turn in terms of actual instrumental music. It seems more honest and comfortable than their previous stuff, with the exception of ‘Welcome Home Armageddon’, and they have somewhat returned to their roots. ‘Conduit’ is definitely up their with their debut record, in terms of quality, lyrics, style and general musicianship. The real stand out track of the album was High Castles. The lyrics were probably the best on the whole album and everything about it flowed really well together, ending it all on a high.
Overall it is a beautiful effort, and it clear to see that Funeral For A Friend is back with a vengeance. This will not leave fans disappointed, and I’m sure it will gain the band many new ones.