Gig Review by Fran Prince with Photography by Kris Askey

Funeral for a Friend

Resurfacing after a quiet few years, Funeral for a Friend carry on their long stint as a hard-core metal rock quintet, with a showcase of their new album ‘Chapter and Verse’ at tonight’s event in the intimate and tired venue of the Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton.

Funeral for a Friend

Funeral for a Friend

Enduring four stimulating support acts, the audience seemed to mature as the bands advanced to the main performance and my impatience began to mature with it. By the time FFAF took to the stage we’d sprouted grey hairs and wrinkles.

Funeral for a Friend

With an electrifying crack of the guitar, the audience were finally startled into action, as the band started the set with new track Pencil Pusher. Watching a washing machine mosh pit unfurl in front of me, the band still seemed to be hitting the ear-splitting spot for their fans, old and new. Anguish filled track Streetcar from memorable album ‘Hours’ had the audience singing along to the emotionally occupied lyrics and beer cups were flying over the heads of head banging bodies.

Funeral for a Friend

Funeral for a Friend

Turning back time, lead singer Matt Davies revisits one of their more muted and melody-come-metal based tracks, History, which relieves the mosh pit for a matter of moments. Splitting their style, this fleeting instant was savoured by myself as it calmed the intensity of the gig and took me back to the bands mid-climb style I seemed to enjoy in my youth.

Funeral for a Friend

Hitting us hard, the intensity grew once more with the rip of track Juneau from decade old debut album Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation and more recent tracks 1% and Roses for the Dead. A frenzy of clashes from drums, symbols and heavy guitaring were enough to give you a brain haemorrhage.

Funeral for a Friend

Funeral for a Friend

Their noise-rock roots were clear with diehard instrumental throughout, capable singer Matt was drowned out with piercing volumes as the non-existent sound quality of the venue meant muffled acoustics, and any communication from the band was simply incomprehensible.

Funeral for a Friend

The lack of presence of the band in recent years until now has certainly pushed them of the podium amongst the hard alt-rock music scene, and it’ll be a tough climb to reclaim it.

Funeral for a Friend

Funeral for a Friend

Hard-hitting highlight of the night included one of FFAF’s support, an explosive four piece alt-rock band named Lightfire, keep an eye out for these lads if you’re into this thunderous music scene.

Funeral for a Friend

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