Album Review: FIGHT THE FIGHT Fight the Fight
When a band comes around your way that doesn’t have the next new sound; it’s really easy to dismiss them right away. To be fair, I’m extremely guilty of that as well. When you see the old news, it’s not unusual for the overall interest to be pretty low. So, when you hear a band like Fight the Fight for the first time, you might be quick to toss it aside for something else simply because it’s a sound that you’re already acquainted with. Hopefully, at least in the case of Fight the Fight, you give them a genuine shot. You’ll end up with more than you initially assumed you’d get.
Fight the Fight is a fairly new, up-and-coming band from Oslo, Norway. Actually, when I first did some research on the band, all I knew about them was their country of origin. For many metalheads like myself, the town of Oslo, Norway should immediately evoke some specific images and bands, which is what I expected for myself. However, when I began to listen—I was actually caught off guard by what I heard. What Fight the Fight presents is a return to melodic metalcore and alternative metal sounds across their first full-length album
This is certainly I sound that I haven’t specifically sought out in quite some time. This style of alternative metal/metalcore is something you don’t see in too many new bands these days as well. It’s actually quite refreshing because, well, it's quite good.
Kicking off the album is the eponymous track of the album and the band. True to form, Fight the Fight brings with them a metalcore-like call to action followed by some chugging low riffs from the guitars; which soon transition into a melodic chorus with clean singing. A familiar sounding formula for sure, but all done with great attention to detail and mastery.
“Perfect Combination” is probably what I think to be the best song on the album. It’s certainly the track that I would recommend to anyone who was thinking about checking the album out. It defines their style quite well with a good headbang-inducing riff to start, moving into another good and catchy melodic chorus to make it interesting. Sticking to that same formula obviously, but if it works, it works. Certainly, in this case, I think it does work.
I could go through this album track by track, after all, it is pretty short with only eight tracks, but after a while, you do run into the same thing. In danger of repeating myself too much, that is essentially all that we are getting on the whole of the album. None of it is reinventing the wheel by any means, but that doesn’t mean that we should automatically dismiss it. If the album has merits, then it should be discussed and given the credit when it’s due.