Five Finger Death Punch
American Capitalist


2.0
poor

Review

by NeoSpaz USER (32 Reviews)
April 30th, 2013 | 25 replies | 1,840 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hate the way you pussies talk shit, hiding on the web

How many times is it possible to use the same distortion settings on an amp and macho, over-the-top lyrics? Well, apparently, 3 albums worth, with the latest installment in the Five Finger Death Punch discography. From songs listing supposed American culture staples to the obligatory anti-suicide/bullying ballad, this album is very much just another Five Finger Death Punch record.

As with most of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, this has all the basic staples. The melodic, semi-shredded guitar solos, harsh/clean, verse/chorus patterns are all here in force, as well as the downtuned chugging chorus. In fact, that isn't even the most aggravating thing about this record. The fact that the profanity is downright abused to the point where it doesn't even add another dimension to the record creates the feeling that the vocalist Ivan Moody was left staring at the lyrics, and felt that he couldn't correctly convey his anger without adding in 8 choice swear-words into one verse. Yes, one single verse. This downright lack of creativity or anger-for-the-sake-of-being-angry is infuriating, as it makes it look like a child just learnt how to speak.

The title, and downright core of the album comes across as being very haphazard. Whilst most of the album revolves around the idea of American and its nationalist pride, as well as the trappings of the culture, it seems to emphasize just how little the mainstream metal scene will accept from it's front runners. Whilst the performance is not horrid, the guitars are played well, as well as the vocals being more or less on mark, it's the things that these are performing which brings this record down as for the most, the riffs are simplistic, the drums formulaic and the bass nonexistent, which is pretty much the par for any record being released by a groove/hard rock band in the current period of time.

The saving grace of this record is the solos and the riffs, as well as the musical performance of the rest of the band. As previously mentioned, the performances are all spot on, ignoring the actual content of them. The vocal harmonies, whilst nothing original are executed well, for the most. The aggression in the vocals also helps get the message across that yes, the band is pissed.

In conclusion, a thoroughly unexceptional album, from an otherwise unsurprising band.


Johnny Cash
And PBR
Jack Daniels
Nascar
Facebook
Myspace
IPod
Bill Gates
Smith and Wesson
NRA
Firewater
Pale Face
Dimebag
Tupac
Heavy Metal
Hip-Hop




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user ratings (397)
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  • Tunaboy45 (1)
    A bland, generic album that is simply too inconsistent and uninspired to be taken seriousl...

    hankdee27 (3)
    Meh, this is just a tried and re-tried formula. It's starting to get as old as the skin on...

    Jeff F. (3.5)
    FFDP do what they know how to and mostly succeed. Don't expect anything revolutionary and ...

    PatrickMulvihill (3)
    Death Punch doesn't mature much but they do provide a few powerful, standout tracks that w...

  • Anacreor (3.5)
    Not really original, the same no bullshit-approach, but a tad more melodic and groovy. Fiv...


Comments:Add a Comment 
NeoSpaz
April 30th 2013


4518 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Here we go

tempest--
April 30th 2013


13439 Comments


The only good thing about this band is that the singer kinda looks like Neil Patrick Harris but now that I just Googled him, maybe he doesn't, I guess I just thought he did alright now there's nothing good about this band.

tempest--
April 30th 2013


13439 Comments


Pos.

NeoSpaz
April 30th 2013


4518 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Cheers Lloyd. I've talked to him, and he's a nice enough guy, pity that doesn't translate to his ability in lyricism.

DrHouseSchuldiner
April 30th 2013


5643 Comments


Lol this band ... nice work man,pos'd

NeoSpaz
April 30th 2013


4518 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Cheers man

Vakarian12
April 30th 2013


3833 Comments


I have 3 albums from this band and I've never bothered to listen to them lol

Digging: Eternum - The Devouring Descent

evilford
April 30th 2013


22549 Comments


lloyd you changed your av nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

one of the gayest bands ever

Digging: Thormenthor - Abstract Divinity

tempest--
April 30th 2013


13439 Comments


kill didn't like it i had a feeling he was going to live up to his username

evilford
April 30th 2013


22549 Comments


who was that chick anyways?

tempest--
April 30th 2013


13439 Comments


alison brie but she's mine ok don't try anything!!

tempest--
April 30th 2013


13439 Comments


she's also Chortles av btw

NeoSpaz
April 30th 2013


4518 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Alison is great, she looks pretty fantastic in the latest few community eps. But, I still have a major thing for Gillian Jacobs, except she's really gone downhill for a while. But yeah.

evilford
April 30th 2013


22549 Comments


oh that's the same chick? she looks different huh

she's hot in an I want to marry you and bang you into eternity way

NeoSpaz
April 30th 2013


4518 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lol yeah

FearThyEvil
April 30th 2013


12545 Comments


As much as I dislike most of their material, I did have fun when they played their set at Mayhem a few years back. Still, not even close to many live acts so I'm not praising them by any means. It was mostly the fans that made it fun anyway.

NeoSpaz
April 30th 2013


4518 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Oh, their earlier stuff was okay. This is just a lot more boring and uninspired

FearThyEvil
April 30th 2013


12545 Comments


Yeah, I enjoyed some of their earlier stuff to an extent. The singer is what kept my attention since I liked his old band Motograter. Unfortunately, I own two of their cds from sophomore year of high school when me and my buddy dug the hell out of them. Glad I grew out of that stuff for the most part. I don't see myself ever checking this out though.

NeoSpaz
April 30th 2013


4518 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It seems really hypocritical that in Motograter he told people to kill themselves, now he's preaching about suicide frequently.

And yeah, Motograter is a bit of fun, this less so.

FearThyEvil
April 30th 2013


12545 Comments


I also found that quite ironic too. Well, obviously they wanted mainstream attention. I wonder how bad the lyrics are.



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