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


2.5
average

Review

by dismember55 USER (6 Reviews)
December 28th, 2013 | 16 replies


Release Date: 11/19/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Better than Volume 1, but still not without drawbacks.

Five Finger Death Punch decided to take the path of multiple bands in the past year and put out a double album. Unlike these bands, it did not start out strong. Volume 1 of 'The Wrong Side of Heaven and The Righteous Side of Hell' was simple, profanity laced, structured and repetitive. Expectations were not that high going into Volume 2 of this release. That was appropriate for a large part of this release.

Here to Die starts off the record, and it isn't that strong. The awful lyrics that plagued Volume 1 remain, as the song shines instrumentally, guitars being the star here. However, there is a structure of screaming verses, clean choruses. All of what is in Here to Die pan out in the next two tracks, Weight Beneath My Sin and Wrecking Ball. In the former, the highlight is an interesting double bass pattern, as it is 'backwards' according to the drummer Jeremy Spencer. In the latter, the lyrics are as bad as ever. Basically laughable and juvenile as ever:

"Nice Boots, cheap suits..."
"I'm a motherf---ing wrecking ball..."
"Take down, ground and pound..."

Next, Battle Born, the lead single. Only two words can really sum it up; overplayed and overhyped. While it is a good ballad, after the first week of hearing it at least once a day, it got old. The following track, Cradle to the Grave, makes up for all the monotonous songs so far. Some of the best guitar work on the album can be found on this track. There are even audible backup vocals from the bassist. It seems all is starting to turn out okay, but there is always a letdown...

Matter of Time is what brought this record to its lowest point. It begins as a very heavy song, but then it veers off into the opposite direction, into Nu-Metal territory. The rap-like verses are just awful. As if The Pride wasn't bad enough sounding like the Pokérap. The only thing half decent about this song is the breakdown, but then the solo is rehashed from Bad Company. If anything, this song is forgettable. The first half of the album ends on a sour note.

The second half of the album kicks the first half to the curb. It starts with the melodic interlude The Agony of Regret, which slowly adds parts to it and builds into Cold. Starting with a piano and going along, this is a high point for the album. However, Cold has a drawback that could potentially ruin any listen: it's a remake. Vocalist Ivan Moody had a band, The Black Blood Orchestra, who had originally composed the piece. It's hard to believe that one of the best songs on the album wasn't really original at all. After Cold, Let This Go kicks in as the last fast and heavy song. With an intro similar to Matter of Time and also a direction shifter. Thankfully though, not into the dark hole that is Nu-Metal, for the song weaves from quiet to heavy to melodic, which really balances it out. Things continue on a high path as My Heart Lied begins to play. Slow, but hammering drums start off the song, and it simmers until a powerful chorus begins. Unfortunately, the song does get repetitive, but it doesn't take away too much from it.

A Day in My Life comes next, with a mid tempo beat throughout. There are nice drum fills in the song, and it really flows well. The riff is extremely simple and generic, but the guitar solo in this song demonstrates both melody and then some fast playing in the final moments of the solo. To close the record (unless if it is the Japanese Edition), Death Punch covered The Animals' own, House of the Rising Sun. They change the tempo from 3/8 to 4/4, New Orleans is now Sin City (probably because of a) the background of the band members, and/or b) Heaven and Hell, sinning, it's obvious), and there are now guitar solos. They made this cover almost seem original, ending on a high note (like Diary of a Deadman on Volume 1, if there weren't the rehashed bonus tracks).

If the Japanese edition is in question, though, the album closes with an obnoxious remix of Burn MF, featuring Rob Zombie. Surprisingly enough, not one 'yeah' was uttered by Mr. Zombie. This song probably shouldn't have been released though, as it does nothing to add to the record, or the original song.

Lyrically, vocally, structurally, and tempo wise, this is nothing new from Death Punch. But as the old saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." From how things are going, it's not very likely that they will be changing anything about themselves anytime soon.

Recommended Tracks:
-Cradle to to Grave
-The Agony of Regret/Cold
-My Heart Lied
-A Day in My Life
-House of the Rising Sun



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Comments:Add a Comment 
dismember55
December 28th 2013


58 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Any criticism is appreciated! Thank you for reading and don't feed the trolls.

TPM731
December 28th 2013


238 Comments


Try to avoid using phrases like "come on". It makes it sound like you didn't put effort into finding other words. Also, try to avoid use of personal pronouns like "I" or "me", except for perhaps the beginning and ending paragraphs. Your writing is muddled in a lot of places, and the second to last paragraph (the long one), feels too much like a run-on. You've got good ideas though, you just need to do some work on your writing technique.

Also, the review reads more like a "2.5" than a "3".

Green Baron
December 28th 2013


20000 Comments


Make the Wrecking Ball quote into a seperate paragraph

Split up the last paragraph into two, starting from "A Day in My Life..."

Album is godawful as usual, but "Battle Born" ain't half bad



Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

dismember55
December 28th 2013


58 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks to you both for your suggestions, and I'll try to fix them straight away.

Froot
December 28th 2013


1262 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Never quite got the praise for Battleborn. In the context of the rest of the album, it seems dreadfully out of place, and has some pretty cringey production decisions behind it.

Album is blegh, but far better than Vol. 1, as you stated.

Digging: DMX - Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood

Mister Twister
December 28th 2013


1672 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

These guys have songs like The Agony of Regret and Cold to prove that they're capable of writing good songs.

And then songs like Here to Die and Let it Go prove that they don't want to. I agree with Froot. Better than Vol. 1, but it's still pretty weak.

ThrashTillDeath94
December 28th 2013


595 Comments


This band always came off to me as a poor man's Slipknot, and Slipknot isn't exactly top shelf either. The "tough guy" lyrics are hard to digest and the band is rather one dimensional.

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
December 28th 2013


6267 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

You asked for criticism, so here are a few things you can improve on:

1. Don't list "pros and cons." The reader should be able to infer these based on what's written in your review.
2. Try to avoid reviewing albums track-by-track. Instead, look more at the album as a whole and review tracks only to compliment what you are saying. You were mostly good with this, but just keep this in mind for your next reviews.
3. Individual track ratings are entirely unnecessary. Recommending songs to the reader ok but what you did at the end of your review just looks clumpy and takes up too much space.
4. A lot of these sentences, such as But was I ever wrong or And that's how it will stay, love it or hate it are not actually sentences at all. Try to avoid fragments and make your sentences complete. Fragmented sentences just look choppy and make your writing a bit more challenging to read.

For the most part, your review was well-written and grammatically correct. Just work on those few things and you should be good to go. Nice work!

Digging: Porcupine Tree - In Absentia

dismember55
December 28th 2013


58 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thank you JudioRuso. I shall keep this in mind for future reference, and I'll edit this soon.

KerfuffleinaHussle
December 28th 2013


783 Comments


i came in like a wreeeeecking ball

dismember55
December 28th 2013


58 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I never hit you haaaarrd enooouuggh

Green Baron
December 28th 2013


20000 Comments


all you ever did was wreeeeeeeeck me

in all honestly, i would love to see 5FDP do a Miley cover. The result would be hilarious

I CAME IN LIKE A WRECKIN BALL MOTHAFUCKA HIT YOU HARD IN THE DICK
I'M UNDER AND OVER IT, GO WRECK ME

dismember55
December 28th 2013


58 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You probably got the lyrics right there. That would be even funnier than the Mama Said Knock You Out cover they did.
LISTEN TO THE BASS GO BOOM!

TPM731
December 29th 2013


238 Comments


It would be amazing to hear them do a Miley Cyrus cover. Amazingly bad.

Why do they have to write such banal lyrics? All other aspects of the band are passable, and if they shed their brotasticism they could become something so much better.

SlMBOLlC
December 29th 2013


5230 Comments


but the album title is so deep

Mister Twister
December 29th 2013


1672 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

congrats jac brotasticism is becoming a real word



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