Artist Of The Week - Anchor & Braille

It's been about three years since we've gotten an album from Anchor & Braille, the indie side project of Anberlin's Stephen Christian, but this week, on July 31st, the band's sophomore album will be released. The Quiet Life is a collection of haunting melodies and catchy percussion, certainly a maturation of sound since 2009's Felt. The Quiet Life is available now in stores and online through Tooth & Nail Records.


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Artist: Manafest
Album: The Chase
Release Date: 3/30/10
Label: BEC Recordings

Have you heard of Chris Greenwood, otherwise known as rap rocker Manafest? Well, now would be the time to learn his name with the release of The Chase. Although rap rock has become somewhat of an outdated sound, Manafest brings it back in high style. With a collection of catchy rap rock tunes in the vein of Linkin Park, The Chase offers a sound that may not be all too original, but still a sure success.

The anthem "No Plan B" sets the pace of the album, which features Manafest's rapping talents, mixed with guest vocals from Koie of Japanese band Crossfaith. "Fire In The Kitchen" contains some big riffs, along with vocals from Trevor McNevan in the chorus. Trevor also appears on the rocker "Renegade" and the soft piano laden "Every Time You Run," one of the album's highlights. With a great message, the song shows a softer side of Manafest that works just as well as the high-energy rockers on The Chase.

The KJ-52 esque "Avalanche" tells the story of a prodigal, followed up by the fun "Married In Vegas." It talks about the importance of marriage, while containing a fun pop rock rhythm. The Chase isn't perfect, but still has a good sound to it, making for a good and enjoyable listen.

Rating: 8/10 Manafest is back with his new album The Chase, reviving the sounds of quality rap rock. Although not completely perfect, this album will guarantee a good listen, full of plenty of good messages on not giving up on God and how He changes lives.

  1. No Plan B
  2. Fire In The Kitchen
  3. Supernatural
  4. Every Time You Run
  5. Bring The Ruckus
  6. Avalanche
  7. Married In Vegas
  8. Renegade
  9. The Chase
  10. Better Cause Of You
  11. Breaking Down The Walls

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