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February 17, 2004

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Challenger have a well-rounded sound. The guitar riffs stick out the most in their songs. However, they do not overpower the rhythm section like many other bands do. The vocals are in-your face during some parts and they are slowed down in others. The singer has a raspy voice that really fits the sound these guys are producing. Altogether, their songs are upbeat and hard-hitting, as they don't really let down the intensity.

A key song on the album is the second track, titled "Death Museum". It begins with their unique guitar sound, which is soon joined by the raspy vocals. Most of the songs, like this one, have a anthem-like chorus that is easy to sing-a-long with. The guitar riff combined with the drumming produces a very catchy rhythm that is hard to forget. The fourth track, "Unemployment", brings the same kind of energy talked about before. This song has a nice guitar riff as well. They really seem to know how to get this certain sound out of their guitar playing. It is hard to describe, but it sort of has a double-guitar sound. The song sort of mellows out a bit, but picks up again when they start to shout "hey man, it's not about the money, it's about getting what you deserve".

Challenger have written a record full of energy and catchy guitar riffs. It's hard not to get into their music after the first song. The one down side is that their isn't much diversity from song to song. It's pretty much the same thing throughout all ten songs, with a few different elements thrown in here and there. However, if you are looking for a band that will get you jumping, then this is a great fit. They can play, write, and perform it all so it is very entertaining.

Standout Tracks:
"Death Museum"
"Sweet Vaccine"

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