Manafest's arlier albums were focused on rapping, but the new album, Fighter, continues the move to a harder rock sound with more singing, sounding reminiscent of Red, TFK, early Pillar, TobyMac and mainstream bands like Linkin Park and Sum 41. Producers Seth Mosley (newsboys) and Adam Messenger (Justin Bieber, Chris Brown) create an aggressive mood fitting the lyrical content. Addressing themes of loss, addiction and struggle, Manafest refuses to submit, telling each one of us to be a fighter. My favorite sequence begins with "Never Let You Go," a song of encouragement from God's perspective that mellows things down a bit:
I'll be your peace in the waiting / your strength when you're broken on the floor / hold on, it's all worth fighting for / cuz I will never let you go
That's followed by the higher adrenaline "Not Alone" (which reminded me of Red) and "Prison Break."
Manafest's prior album, The Chase featured Trevor McNevan on three tracks. While the TFK influence is still clear on Fighter, Manafest handles more of the singing vocals this time around in addition to the rapping. If you have appreciated Manafest or TFK in the past, you're sure to enjoy Fighter.