Five Finger Death Punch - 'War Is The Answer'

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Five Finger Death Punch - 'War Is The Answer'

Second offering from the upcoming metal act.

 

Five Finger Death Punch first came to my attention with the limited edition re-issue of their 2007 debut album ‘The Way Of The Fist’ earlier this year, an album that chalked up respectable US sales of just under 400,000 copies. After being out for just over a week in the States, their sophomore effort ‘War Is The Answer’ looks like doing even better, crashing into the Billboard top 10 at an amazing #7. 5FDP were voted Best New Band in this years Metal Hammer Awards and were nominated in a similar category in the Kerrang! Awards.

Whilst undoubtedly being a modern band with elements of nu-metal and thrash, there’s a definite old-school connection here too, drummer Jeremy Spencer being ex-W.A.S.P. and guitarist Jason Hook cutting his teeth with Bulletboys, Alice Cooper and the Vince Neil band, having replaced Darrell Roberts (also ex-W.A.S.P) late last year. The band’s main focal points though are the main songwriters – guitarist Zoltan Bathory and vocalist/actor Ivan Moody, who earlier in his career sported a painted face while fronting Ozzfest faves Motograter. Moody is a bit of a vocal chameleon, equally at home with nu-metal screams as he is with Chad Kroeger-like crooning.

With almost all the songs clocking in at under four minutes, I find the band at their best with the heavier adrenaline-fuelled thrashers like ‘Burn It Down’ and ‘Falling In Hate’, but the almost schizophrenic 5FDP will undoubtedly have more chart success with the cleaner and more wholesome ‘Far From Home’ and ‘Crossing Over’. Sometimes they find a fine balance between the two and manage to combine frantic aggressive verses and big, hooky choruses in the same song (‘Bulletproof’ for example) on which Moody proves adept at completely different styles of singing.

Despite my misgivings that the lighter commercial side of 5FDP is a little contrived, it’s the catchy singles that will make this album a huge success. I just hope they don’t drop their heavier side as the guitar riffs and killer solos in particular are worth the price of admission alone. This band could truly be all things to all men (and women!)

Phil Ashcroft

 

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