1. Without Walls
2. Alive in the Lights
3. Prove Me Right
4. Red in Tooth and Claw
7. Miles Away (Feat. Kellin Quinn)
9. Losing Sight (Feat. Danny Worsnop)
10. Generation- Hate
Memphis May Fire, a 5 man group from Dallas, Tx has been around since 2006 with quite a few line-up changes and with a few different names have been working non stop since 2006. With a self titled debut EP in 2007 and then a sophomore album entitled Sleepwalker in 2009 and one more album and an EP in the years since. I really got into the Texas hard-core band when I saw them back in 2010, I grabbed a copy of Sleepwalker and instantly fell in love with the southern rock sound that really set them apart from other bands in their genre.
After Sleepwalker, they drastically changed their sound in their third album The Hollow, leaving the southern sound and riffs back in Texas. They came back with strong breakdowns and even stronger vocals, I feel like Matty Mullins found his voice with this album and even though they lost the edge they had with their southern twang, they gained his strong voice. The breakdowns in many of the songs on their newest album Challenger, such as Jezebel and Legacy have a lot of the southern riffs you heard back in Sleepwalker,with the strong drums,bass and vocals you could hear in The Hollow.
What I enjoy most from Challenger is how they somewhat go back to how they started and brought back a little flavor of Texas back to their music, but still keep the heavier breakdowns in the songs. I think with this album they found a happy medium. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed with this album. It started off strong with ?Without walls? but you kind of get lost in the middle with all the songs running together, but then towards the end they start getting stronger.
Although I think they found a happy medium with going a little harder with their sound, I feel like they need to bring back that southern sound they had in the beginning. But, from what I can tell Memphis May Fire is here to stay and will only get bigger and better, in the Texas style.
Overall I give Memphis May Fire a 7/10