No more metal from Welsh Super group
First came 'Casually Dressed And In Deep Conversation'; an impressive debut choc full of killer metal riffs, heartfelt lyrics and singalong choruses. Followed by the commercially successful 'Hours' but lacking any of the true grit of its predecessor, Funeral for a Friend seemed to lose their way amidst the tidal wave UK metal bands all vying to sound just like them. Now third outing 'Tales Don't Tell Them Selves' is a sound of a band who have grown out of the type of noise that made them such a revelation, and are resigned to a more safe, radio friendly sound.
'Walk Away' doesn't have the mosh pit friendly qualities of 'Juneau' or the drive of 'Escape Artists Never Die': instead, it is pure stadium rock. Yes, it has an arms aloft, singalong quality but there isn't a great deal else to set the world alight with. Musically it plods along at pace, but there isn't any thing that stands out and there is no 'wow' factor here.
Despite being produced by the legendary Gil Norton - who has recently worked with the likes of Maximo Park and the Foo Fighters – it doesn't deliver on par with their stunning debut. Although, it was a bold move to move away from the metalcore breakdowns and the frentic playing, 'Walk Away' is more of a sound akin to second rate American emo band, than to the band who made one of the standout