Release Date: Jun 26, 2012
Record label: Rise
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
MMF are here to challenge everyone else for the metalcore crown. But is their third full-length any good? Their second effort on Rise Records, Memphis May Fire appear more focused than ever. Having toyed with multiple sub-genres in the past, ‘Challenger’ looks to have steadied the ship. The brutality of the breakdowns and throat-cutting growls are balanced by infectious melody and clean vocals, offering possibly their most complete package yet.
The downfall of Memphis May Fire on their previous releases was a lack of focus and polish. They had their metalcore-lite and post-hardcore formula dialed in, and they stuck in a safe zone where everything could be thrown into their kitchen sink’s melting pot. On Challenger, the Texas band try their best to forge an identity for themselves. It may not be the identity some us had hoped for, like showing more promise in the contemplative melodic realm of Thrice or Underoath as many peers have.