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Fight The Fight - Deliverance

Fight The Fight
Deliverance
by Angie Ramms at 18 October 2020, 9:30 PM

I have to admit that I’m not very familiar with the contemporary Norwegian metal scene. When you think about Norway, the first thing that may come to mind is Black Metal - at least that was my first thought - so it was very cool to hear something completely different from anything I could have pictured when I first heard FIGHT THE FIGHT. If you want to put a label on the music they make, I would say something between melodic Metalcore and Alternative Metal. I can also hear some Nu Metal influences in their sound, but believe me, you’ll hear a lot of different things going on here.

FIGHT THE FIGHT was originally called FAENSKAP, and this full album is their second release, having released a self titled debut album in 2017. From what I’ve read about the band, they are a group of childhood friends and schoolmates that wanted to play music. Evidently, they took it seriously, as they’ve been playing together for years. Many times, they have performed as an opening act for big bands, such as AVENGED SEVENFOLD, HATEBREED, and DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT.

The title track “Deliverance” has a slow atmospheric intro. After that, we get some Djent/Prog vibes that appear in some passages of the song. The riffs and vocals are very catchy, and they’ll make you feel like headbanging almost from beginning to end. “Ritual”, just like the previous song, shows the skills of the singer. He effortlessly goes from deep growls to cleans and high notes, with some raspy driving vocals in the middle. The chorus of the song is quite melodic, almost like Pop, I would say. The following track, “Triggerfinger”, is one of those songs where the lyrics are not super complex. I would say it is a song to jump to at a live show. When I said the band definitely has some Nu Metal influences in their music, I was mainly talking about this song.

Now, I don’t mean to be repetitive but just as in “Ritual”, the high point in “Calling You Back” is the versatility of the singer and the catchy chorus. The beginning of the following track, “Pacemaker” is full metalcore, and then we go to a melodic chorus once again, which seems to be the formula that works for the band. After a heavy breakdown, followed by a Djent-y section and a solo, we reach the end of the song. This one is, so far, the most influenced by Progressive Metalcore, in my opinion.

Just when I thought I knew what was coming, the beginning of “Dying” caught me off guard. The verses of this song are calm and melodic, which contrasts with what comes next, the driving vocals and heavy drumming. You can feel the emotion that Lars Vegas puts on this track in his voice, especially in the chorus. “Pitbull” reminded me of RAMMSTEIN, “Weisses Fleisch” to be more precise, and is another song that probably works very well on a live show. “Turbo Sex” is quite heavy, with some fast passages, deep growled vocals, and a lot of energy, as usual. The last track “Paradigm” surprisingly has some sections that flirt with Black Metal, which is funny because the beginning of the song sounded like hard rock.

As is common in Industrial Metal and Nu Metal, several of the songs are as catchy as they are repetitive. But the thing is that FIGHT THE FIGHT has many different influences, so the album displays a lot of diverse elements. Overall, the production of the album is well done, and as I said a few times before, the singer is very versatile. The musicianship of the band is okay and the album is very enjoyable to listen to, but I wouldn’t say it is their best yet. I am looking forward to seeing what comes next for this talented group.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 7
Production: 8

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Deliverance
2. Ritual
3. Triggerfinger
4. Calling You Back
5. Pacemaker
6. Dying
7. Pitbull
8. Love
9. Turbo Sex
10. Paradigm
Lineup:
Lars Vegas - Vocals
Amok - Guitars
Lord - Guitars
HM - Bass
Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow - Drums
Record Label: Indie Recordings
     


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