Five Finger Death Punch
The Wrong Side of Heaven and The Righteous Side...


3.0
good

Review

by AaronBatt USER (50 Reviews)
July 30th, 2013 | 18 replies


Release Date: 07/30/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: More of the same from FFDP, but that's necessarily a bad thing.

I'm prepared.

I'm prepared for the large amounts of *** I will get for just doing this review. After all, Five Finger Death Punch seems to be a band that's universally hated by the Sputnik community. I've got my shields up, fully prepared to get called something for admitting that I like this band. But, I must clarify. I'm not a steroids-juicing gym rat, a professional athlete, a meth-maker, or an angsty, angry teenager. So, considering I just covered about 80 to 90% of FFDP's fan base, why do I like this band? Simple answer: For all the different genres of music I listen to, for all the high-brow critically acclaimed artists I listen to, I enjoy a band that doesn't pretend to be anything more than groove-oriented radio metal. And FFDP is the leader of that pack, for what it's worth. Now enough with my soliloquy, I'm here to review a record.

Five Finger Death Punch's fourth record, The Wrong Side of Heaven & The Righteous Side of Hell Volume 1 (I know, a mouthful) is the first of a planned double album (part 2 comes along in the fall.) It's also the first FFDP album to feature guest vocalists. It's also the second album to feature a cover (this time, LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out"). Other than that, it's basically more of the same from Five Finger. Opener "Lift Me Up" features a strong vocal performance from Ivan Moody and the Metal God himself Rob Halford. "Anywhere But Here" features Maria Brink, the LL cover features rapper Tech N9ne, "I.M.Sin" features Max Cavalera, (singing in Portuguese no less!) and "Dot Your Eyes" features Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta. There are versions of "Anywhere But Here", "I.M.Sin" and "Dot Your Eyes" that are guest-free on TWSOH&TRSOHV1.

As it comes to the music itself, Five Finger Death Punch are reinventing the wheel by any means. The guitar riffs are okay but very generic at times, and the rhythm section is nothing super special, and although drummer Jeremy Spencer is actually pretty talented, FFDP's music really doesn't give him much room to demonstrate that talent. Simply put, FFDP is groove-metal musically. Vocally, Ivan Moody has a decent clean voice when he chooses to use it, but his harsh vocals aren't anything legendary.

The biggest turn-off for most people is Moody's lyrics, which are profanity laced and often border on cocky and cringe-worthy. However, when he lays off the macho attitude and chooses to get introspective on cuts like the title track and the downright spooky "Diary Of A Deadman", the lyrics are decent. "Diary Of A Deadman" might be the most unique track Five Finger has ever done, with atmospheric riffs and a spoken-word vocal.

In the end, this review will probably get negged relentlessly and I'm sure my 3 rating for this record will drop down very quickly, but I felt it was my duty to review this, and as a fan of this band I like TWSOH&TRSOHV1 a lot. It's certainly better than American Capitalist, as well as slightly heavier. So, bring your *** Sputnik.

I'm prepared.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MaySun91
July 30th 2013


15 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I actually kind of agree. The lyrics bug the ever living shit out of me, but this and ADTR are my guilty pleasures, and I can't help but enjoy it, even if its just a little.

Mister Twister
July 30th 2013


1602 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

that's necessarily a bad thing

lol at recs

It gets a neg because it isn't well written, not because it defends 5FDP.

ButteryBiscuitBass
July 30th 2013


10037 Comments


that's necessarily a bad thing [2]

ButteryBiscuitBass
July 30th 2013


10037 Comments


I still think this band should have been called 'Five Finger Fuck Fist'

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
July 30th 2013


13209 Comments


gr8 band

Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

Mister Twister
July 30th 2013


1602 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

8/50 I agree

TommyIcedB
July 30th 2013


24 Comments


but that's necessarily a bad thing

Genius.

sonictheplumber
July 30th 2013


4571 Comments


bad fuckin review

AaronBatt
July 30th 2013


113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well this is the last 5 minute review I bash out, fuck I wrote this badly.

AceOfSpades
July 30th 2013


66 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I would do a major overhaul right here and now and save what you can. I would cut out the first and
last para and work on the meat of the review. (I'm sure you can edit it.)

sixdegrees
July 30th 2013


17149 Comments


for all the high-brow critically acclaimed artists I listen to,

Digging: 10Minimal - Aluminum World

oltnabrick
July 30th 2013


30904 Comments


this is the best

Digging: Rich Gang - Rich Gang: Tha Tour Pt 1

Cipieron
July 30th 2013


3508 Comments


"Well this is the last 5 minute review I bash out, fuck I wrote this badly."



funny.. you change the word 'review' to 'album' in that sentence and that's what this band must have said after putting this out

Mister Twister
July 30th 2013


1602 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Even that acronym for the album name is longer than some full album names. TWSOH&TRSOHV1 versus Paranoid, Painkiller, Human, Think This, even the album name of this album sucks.

TheSupernatural
August 2nd 2013


1204 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

"I'm gonna write a review even though I know you're gonna hate, so I'm gonna explain that I'm prepared for your hate, even though I think you're wrong, I'm sorry, but Sputnik is just full of hate cause this band is totally good..."

but then the lyrics

"BURN MOTHERFUCKER BURN MOTHERFUCKER"

and we're the ones full of hate?

Digging: Finch (US) - Back to Oblivion

oltnabrick
August 2nd 2013


30904 Comments


Ugh


Mister Twister
August 2nd 2013


1602 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The opening riff of Burn MF is the only thing that's halfway decent about this album. I reiterate, that riff and Mama Said Knock You Out being comedy gold are the only things keeping this from a 1.

oltnabrick
August 2nd 2013


30904 Comments


Lol




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