For those of you who are familiar to the raspy sound of Memphis May Fire you will know what’s in store for their third full-length album to date, “Challenger.” Like all American post-hardcore bands this dynamic group of young rockers share a blend of authentic punk and maniacal riffs which shows why in previous years this band have always been highly favourable.
Between label changes and member adjustments this band have shared the stage with the likes of Asking Alexandria, Alesana and From First To Last to name a few, as well as having their highly ranked single ‘Ghost In The Mirror’ featured on the both the Saw VI Soundtrack and DVD, this newly released album is showing that the only way is up for the southern quintet.
The elegant love ballad that is ‘Miles Away’ featuring Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens is beautifully chorused by the synchronous duo. With the heart wrenching lyrics and soaring strings and breath-taking pianos this epic song is one of the highlights on the album.
Arguably, the best song on the album is the flawlessly written ‘Alive In The Lights’ with its heavily energetic beats and raucous riffs, over the deep grumbling roar of Matty Mullins vocals before breaking into the contagiously catchy choruses.
There are so many good tracks on this album, it is near impossible to pin point the favourites, but up there with the strongest tracks is the infectious ‘Red In Tooth & Claw’ which delivers highly excitable melodies and the strong, blaring lyrics “please give me my life back” screaming through the speakers, offering this delicious dose of adrenalin that makes you want to throw yourself into a pit of rage.
The orchestral tweaks throughout this album offer this astonishing climatic vibe in every track, particularly in ‘Without Walls’ which opens this album with a thrilling start, followed by ‘Prove Me Right’ which sounds like a heavier version of Avenged Sevenfold, pumping heart felt lyrics that everyone can relate to.
This is a fantastic little bundle of eleven lyrically imposing songs that are itching to be heard. It is no surprise that within its first week, “Challenger” hit number 16 on the Billboard 200 chart, as well as selling 18,000 copies. We are very excited to hear more from these fellas, as we are sure the next one will be soaring to new heights.