There are bands that come along like a bolt out of the blue, that no one see’s coming and before you know it they are everywhere and world domination is looming large. Five Finger Death Punch is one of those said bands, coming out in 2009 with their debut album “The Way of the fist” the band is already on album number 5, 4 years later, admittedly two of those have been released this year, but still that is pretty impressive for a band that isn’t that far into their career.
As it stands, Five Finger Death Punch are currently over here on tour with Avenged Sevenfold tearing up arena’s left, right and centre, which seems like the ideal opportunity to coincide an album release as well. Having released “Five Finger Death Punch – The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol 1” in the summer, the band is now back with part two.
Part one, felt like a great step forward in the further evolution of the band after they took a slight dip in quality with their third album “American Capitalist.” In many ways it felt like an attempt from the band to commercialize their sound for the masses, which to that end succeeded but saw the band lose some of their edge in the process.
It seems as though the band themselves may have had the same feeling in hindsight because on the two albums that have dropped this year. Five Finger Death Punch have written and played within an inch of their lives, there is very little filler to be found, which is a good thing as usually double albums suffer some bloat along the way. With the likes of ‘Here to die’ and ‘Cradle to the Grave’, Five Finger Death Punch prove themselves more than capable of writing heavy yet accessible metal anthems without compromising who they are, but also with songs such as ‘Battle Born’ and ‘Cold’ they are also able to show a softer, more human side to themselves without losing any momentum in the process.
The other great thing about Vol 2 is that is showcases more of who Five Finger Death Punch are and displays more of their personality and how they have grown as musicians. Whereas Vol 1 was very much a guest heavy Five Finger Death Punch and friends affair, the absence of such guest spots this time around, really allows the spotlight and the focus to be solely on them and in turn this album benefits greatly from it
Five Finger Death punch have not only been able to deliver two stellar releases this year, which have vastly expanded upon and improved what they did before, but they also one of the best live bands in the world right now. If they can maintain the momentum they have gathered and keep pushing themselves forward then there is no doubt in my mind that they will be the next band of the current generation to break through the glass ceiling.