Manafest - Fighter
Record Label: BEC Recordings
Release Date: April 10, 2012
After a skateboarding accident during his teenage years, Manafest (Chris Greenwood) focused his attention to music and subsequently discovered a new passion. Fighter is his seventh full-length album and easily his best, filled with introspective faith-driven never-back-down lyrics and crunching, heavy guitars.
The title track "Fighter" hits hard and fast as anthem for not giving up or giving in to failure. Drawing on personal experience, Manafest talks about his faith and how he isn't afraid to take a stand. The chorus is huge and the final chorus, featuring gang vocals, is a highlight of the song. If this song was a track by Papa Roach or Linkin Park, it would be on the top of the Billboard Modern Rock charts for sure.
On the track "Human", Manafest sings about his faults and flaws, but freely admit that he is only human. The chorus is very catchy with the "eh, eh, eh" vocals. The basic formula of the rap/rock song is definitely here but that's not to say it's a terrible track. Aside from the chorus, it drags a little, especially during the bridge.
The Linkin Park-styled track "Come Alive" is one of the best tracks on Fighter where Manafest holds nothing back vocally and lyrically, stating "I'm going all the way / I've given everything". The verses are quiet and build slowly towards the chorus and right into a giant wall of sound with heavy guitars and background vocals. The production on this track alone is fantastic, down to the smallest details like Manfest's vocal effects in the chorus.
While Manafest is a Christian artist, his music is filled with positivity and never comes across as "preachy". His style is definitely reminiscent of Hybrid Theory-era Linkin Park. At some points, the record feels a little flat, but the standout songs really make up for it. There are some great rock tracks here and only shows that Manafest could easily be the frontman for a huge rock act if he ever desires to be a bigger star than he is now. While Manafest isn't a fighter in the traditional sense, he puts up his hands on Fighter and says "What now?" to his critics. As he states on the song "Fighter", "You can say I'm done, but this has just begun".