Five Finger Death Punch
The Wrong Side of Heaven... Vol. 2


2.0
poor

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (196 Reviews)
December 8th, 2013 | 52 replies | 7,357 views


Release Date: 11/19/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The poor man’s Taylor Swift of new age traditional heavy metal…

Ah, Five Finger Death Punch. If there was ever a need for testosterone filled, middle fingers lifted, I don’t care… I care too much, love me or hate me brand of modern metal, Five Finger have got a dose big enough to keep that need at bay - continually. It’s 2013 and as of now Five Finger Death Punch have released an onslaught of records all bolstered by remixes, live cuts, acoustics and cover tracks, only to hint at doing something memorable. It’s the end of the year and the Los Angeles act are releasing the second part to a double album, not only does the material represented throughout thrill just as much as the first riveting instalment of The Wrong Side of Heaven & the Righteous Side Of Hell but it unfortunately, also bears no lyrical or contextual reference to the album which bears the same name.

Understandably, the band’s music is not going to shift to far from the original style bred back in 2007 with the group’s debut The Way Of The Fist and now another four albums later, the recycled themes, over-used riffs and repetitious drum patterns have taken their toll on the world of metal. As of now, Volume 2. stands as a testament to the derivative, boring and exhausted music that plagues the industry across all genres. For now, Five Finger Death Punch have unleashed a second dose of bland and uninspiring music, culminating into forty minutes of “look at me’s”, “we’re all going to die”, “I hate everyone” with little to no bearing on so-called quality music. Five Finger Death Punch have fallen for their mainstream hype and instead of writing twelve or so decent tracks the band has opted for a double album chock full of average to worse tracks. In short, the band has stretched their recipe too thin and the music suffers greatly because of it.

It’s unfair to say that this group is failing miserably, for all the misgivings and the underlying recycled themes the band can manage a few good rhythmic chops, they’re just becoming rarer. “Battle Born” stands as an easy highlight for the record (although it didn’t really need to do a lot to stand out). Almost a ballad, this mid-paced track relies heavily on hook lines, and a journeyman story-line – relatable to most of the band’s fans (similar to the effect of Metallica’s “One”, but to an obvious lesser extent). What’s instantly noticeable here is that Five Finger’s songs are crafted with a live crowd in mind. Surely, the fans of the group would love to yell, kick, scream and swear along with Ivan Moody, but the syncopation and rhythmic bounces suit the live setting down to the smallest details. There’s enough aggression and rhythmic spacing to engage any crowd into a jumping mess.

Overall, it’s a shame that these guys have nothing else to write about, save for the continuous “fuck you” and “my life is a curse”, even if it was completely expected. Five Finger Death Punch have come a long way, but not musically. Their music suffers from the same need to appease the mainstream and stay angry and pissed off. Of course, if you’re into this simplistic formula, you’ll have very little to complain about. For the rest (and majority) of metal listeners, there’s a lot better out there.



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dismember55 (2.5)
Better than Volume 1, but still not without drawbacks....

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More like the wrong side of clones and the righteous side of B-sides....


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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2013



6934 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm going back to listen to my 2014 catalog again.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2013



3339 Comments


Ah, Five Finger Death Punch.


probably want to start your review differently as this is overused and trite js

otherwise nice work though. if you want to bypass the swear filter without actually italicizing use this code: f[ size=2 ]u[ /size ]ck (without the spaces)

StallionMang
December 8th 2013



5222 Comments


Oh my god, there's 2 of them...

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Green Baron
December 8th 2013



18039 Comments


same feelings about battle born

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2013



49788 Comments


It looks like they let their 12 year old fans design their artwork

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Slut
December 8th 2013



1812 Comments


so good they had to make 2 volumes

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Green Baron
December 8th 2013



18039 Comments


BETTER BACK THE FUCK UP BETTER SHUT THE FUCK UP

I'LL DO WHAT I WANT, AND I'LL NEVER GIVE UP!!

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2013



4769 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I was just about to review this, but I think you did a superb job of hitting all my points so I won't bother. Nice review as always, Nocte.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2013



6934 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this is overused and trite js


Yeah I know, I actually wanted to use it for the simple fact that Five Finger is...well... ^^

but I think you did a superb job of hitting all my points so I won't bother


It shouldn't be a discouragement brother, if you've got it.

evilford
December 8th 2013



21168 Comments


Band is almost as bad as nickelback, should be euthanized immediately

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2013



6934 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

At least these guys know they don't have 19 tracks 'worthy' for a greatest hits compilation

therapy20
December 9th 2013



52 Comments


This band is a prime example of media overhype. They are so distinctly average its embarrassing that they are pushed to the forefront of metal by the lazy journalists who can't be bothered to promote decent bands.
Good review man.

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 9th 2013



9993 Comments


I don't really know what your point is with the summary. If you at least brought up Taylor Swift (??) in the review itself, it would make more sense though.

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LittleStranger
December 9th 2013



481 Comments


i listened to their greatest hits they included on metal hammer my god do they suck

SlMBOLlC
December 18th 2013



4831 Comments


ALBUM TITLE IS TOO DEEP CAPTAIN WE'RE LOSING ALTITUDE

FIRE SAFETY LINES!!

SAFETY LINES WONT REACH CAPTAIN WE'RE TOO DEEP AHHHHHHHHHH......



titanslayer
December 19th 2013



1460 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I couldn't bring myself to listen to the whole thing

Kusangii
December 19th 2013



269 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Is that even possible

TheRemnant
December 21st 2013



40 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Amen.

Destructerator
January 4th 2014



853 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Listening to this is kind of a breather after being inundated by 100s of guitar virtuosos attempting to write songs.

Destructerator
January 4th 2014



853 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Also... where are this band's fans? The tiny prog bands with not nearly as much radio play have internet exposure, dadrock bands have word-of-mouth on the assembly line, where are this band's fans?



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