Review Summary: A bland, generic album that is simply too inconsistent and uninspired to be taken seriously.
Well where do I start with this one? American Capitalist is the third album by Five Finger Death Punch. Much has been made of this band and in my opinion; this hype around them is unjustified. They’re just another radio friendly, American rock/metal band and in my eyes, they’re no better than Nickelback.
Let’s get the good out of the way first. The best tracks are easily “American Capitalist”, “Under And Over It” and “Generation Dead” for their catchy choruses and half decent lyrics. But that’s just the problem with this album. The lyrics are pathetic and they sound like they were written by an illiterate 8 year old that just discovered expletives. I’m not even kidding. Ivan Moody seems to have the impression that if he repeats the F word over and over, it will make him sound tough.
But I’m just scratching the surface in terms of lyrics. “Back For More” sounds like the band was trying to write a song for a rocky film, only to discover that they’re 10 years too late. I mean, look at this:
“Let's get it on!
It's time to get in the game,
You gotta fight 'til it hurts and then you do it again
Let's tear it up!
I'm staying straight to the core, ain't no room for second place, go big or go home!”
It’s obvious that they’re trying to do a motivational song that people can get buffed to, but it blows up in their face, and “Eye Of The Tiger” is the only gym song you’ll ever need. The one thing that really stands out is the verse chorus verse formula of every song. This is indeed a very formulaic album and that instantly got on my nerves. It’s so cliched and generic that about 5 songs in, I could predict how the next song would play out. Intrigue is something that captivates the listener. That’s why bands like Tool and Deftones are so popular and get all the praise they deserve, along with all round fantastic song writing, they keep the listener coming back for more. This album has none of that and it is a huge problem.
“Coming Down” is an anti suicide anthem of sorts and credit to them, it gets the message across well but it’s simply too melodramatic to be taken seriously and in the end, it just feels like they’re ramming the message down our throats.
I bought the deluxe edition and the bonus tracks are so poor, they’re not even getting a mention. The band even has the audacity to put a second disc in, filled with pointless techno remixes. I listened to it once and had to take a shower afterwards. This band is essentially everything wrong with modern metal; tired, uninspired lyrics and a generic, verse chorus verse formula. I haven’t heard the best things about their double album effort this year either. If they want to maintain interest and keep their fans, they are going to have to experiment and think outside the box.