Second album from Welsh quintet Funeral For A Friend, ‘Hours’ is a prodigious rock album. The evolution from the debut has been quite evident, in that the band has chosen to ditch the more hardcore and rough sounds in favour of a higher melodic content. It’s still hard rock, no doubt about it, but it’s much more approachable and easy listening
than before, without being derivative at the same time. The raging guitars and high-speed drums of ‘Roses For The Dead’ are one of the album’s stand-outs, together with other quiet/loud moments like ‘Hospitality’ (emo at its best) and the heartfelt lyrics of ‘Drive’. This album needs to be listened carefully, especially because the first “heavy” impact can be deceiving of its true more emotional meaning.