Five Finger Death Punch – The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 2

Five Finger Death Punch are a band that it’s easy to dislike.  With an in your face attitude, radio friendly metal songs and some questionable political views they have as many ‘haters’ as they do lovers.  Saying that they also have a back catalogue full of some of the biggest metal tracks written in the last few years.  Even so the idea of them doing a double album seemed faintly ridiculous.  With all the fantastic bands that fail to pull that off, could these LA meat heads really think themselves up to the task?  Well turns out, they maybe are.

TWSOHTRSOH (even the bloody acronym is huge) starts off much the same way the first volume did.  With a huge chugging riff and Ivan Moody holding court over the top.  As the screams about how “this ones about hate” you can almost sit back and accept you are at home.  It’s all here, big riffs, big choruses and huge fuck off songs.  I don’t care what you say, Five Finger Death Punch sound awesome

Sure, no one can claim this is the most intelligent metal you will hear this year.  “Wrecking Ball” shows all the characteristics of it’s name sake, with it’s chorus of “wrecking ball, fuck ’em all.”  But when it’s done this well it’s really hard to care.  There is barely a chorus in this album that you don’t want to just scream along with and even when they slow things down on the likes of “Battle Born” you are right there beside them, raising your lighter in the air and swaying from side to side, they are just that good at what they do.

With the metal scene screaming out for another huge band to step into the void that will be created when the Metallica’s of this world step down, I don’t understand why people haven’t spotted what is right at the end of their noses.  There is no band better suited to headline festivals and pack out stadiums than Five Finger Death Punch.  Sure they are never going to be to everyone’s taste and the THATZ NOT METULZ crowd is unlikely to embrace them.  Their albums are also far from perfect, with there being a few tracks here that will pass you by, with “Let This Go” in particular doing a good attempt at ruining the flow.  While their cover of “House of the Rising Sun” is truly terrible.  But, they are ticking every other box.  The Death Punch are here to stay and while they continue to write bouncy middle finger in the air tracks like “Matter of Time”, I’m 100% on board.

For Fans Of: Disturbed, Metallica

Choice Cuts: “Battle Born”, “Matter of Time”, “Wrecking Ball”

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