These albums have been excellent additions to my music collection. I was pleasantly surprised with both of them.
A LOSS FOR WORDS - No Sanctuary
I had previously heard of AL4W through the internet-sphere although I never truly listened to them. But it wasn't until I was walking around Warped Tour (2012) that I heard something I liked and I couldn't understand why it felt so familiar and good? I later realized it was A Loss for Words tearin' up the Tillys stage and from that moment on I was hooked. I got the No Sanctuary album and haven't looked back. I even picked up their Motown covers album, which was done quite well with some Boston soul. This is easily my album of the summer. Love this whole album!
MEMPHIS MAY FIRE - Challenger
I was always a fan of MMF from when they released Sleepwalking, I have iTunes to thank for introducing them to me (Genius saw Mayday Parade in my library and recommended them to me) however I never really gave them much thought after they first entered my ipod. It wasn't til all the press they were getting for Challenger that I remembered how much I liked them. After watching Matty own the stage at Warped Tour I decided to pick up Challenger when it came out and all I can say is WOW. I really like the lyrical content on this record and the mash up of clean vocals and screams make me one happy listener. During the first week of release the album #2 on the rock charts on iTunes (as of 6/29).