Five Finger Death Punch
War Is The Answer


3.5
great

Review

by Metalstyles EMERITUS
September 21st, 2009 | 58 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Five Finger Death Punch mature. The result - a well done hard rock record.

Five Finger Death Punch, possibly the most arrogant and self-centered metal band ever, is back with a new album, and despite the band members being pretentious dicks, the music is what counts. And quite honestly, the guys have actually stepped it up on their sophomore album. Going for a more hard rock-ish sound on War Is The Answer, Five Finger Death Punch (5FDP) ditch a bunch of their groove/thrash metal influences, possibly in order to gain more mainstream attention. Whether the motives for this change in sound were noble or not, War Is The Answer is still a fair deal better than the band’s debut Way Of The Fist.

"Dying Breed" starts things off in a thrashy manner, and isn't all that different from Way Of The Fist (if to exclude the super-catchy chorus). Fast double-bass kicks and decent lead guitar-work dominate the track and there is a skillful solo in the middle of the track too. Second song, and the first single for War Is The Answer, titled "Hard To See" demonstrates the hard rock side of this album. It has the most memorable chorus on the whole album (and that is saying much as all the other songs have really memorable one’s too), a well-executed solo, and a more laid-back guitar sound. The clean vocals in the chorus are very well sung, and the production is also very good, keeping the sound heavy yet clean.

I could go on and on about every track here but I don’t feel like I have to. A lot of the tracks are very similar in build-up as they all have great guitar-work that is complimented by fast double-bass kicks, angsty vocals, and clean choruses. Song structures are also very standard, mainly going like this: verse-chorus-verse-chorus-solo-chorus. There aren’t any real letdowns in the bunch and the growth the band has gone through is clear. Songs like "Crossing Over" and "Far From Home" exhibit the really soft side of Five Finger Death Punch, and while the lyrics are a bit cliché, the acoustic passages and the warm performance along with well-executed soft-like solos more than make up for it.

The guys in Five Finger Death Punch may still be disturbingly cocky and the lyrics are still damn cheesy, but all in all, you can’t really bag them too much for it as the sheer musical quality makes up for it all. The instrumentation is very strong throughout the album, especially the guitar leads, and guitar-work as a whole. Drumming is good, it’s not overly complex, but the drummer Jeremy Spencer does provide some sweet fills here and there. The vocals on War Is The Answer are also great, screaming and singing have both improved a lot and are actually enjoyable this time around.

Altogether, War Is The Answer isn’t a revolutional album by any means, but it is a damn fine hard rock record and a solid sophomore release from Five Finger Death Punch that displays the band's growth. With a more mature approach on War Is The Answer, the band exhibits that if they really try, they can be one of the better modern hard rock outfits out there. The instrumentation and talent are there, and if the guys could just spit out a bit more diverse/mature lyrics, then I see a bright future for them.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Metalstyles
Emeritus
September 21st 2009


8570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

ok, i couldn't hold on after 45 minutes. Enjoy

LisbonGirls
September 21st 2009


832 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

you impatient son of a *****







Metalstyles
Emeritus
September 21st 2009


8570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

aight, thanks for cathing my typos

LisbonGirls
September 21st 2009


832 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm pos. cause other then those two small mistakes the review is fancy ;)



Just noticed that we both have 37 reviews...odd?

Metalstyles
Emeritus
September 21st 2009


8570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

thank you very much



Edit: and yeah, I have been here for about half-a-year longer than you, but I'm not such a review-machine haha.

Ponton
Emeritus
September 21st 2009


6143 Comments


"and it isn't all that different from Way Of The Fist"

good review. I hate to nit pick, but sections througout the review seem a little awkward, gramatically speaking. Show this to Willie, or go through it for proofreading. Other than that, I pos'd.

I should have just kept my original review as I found the stream this morning and would have posted it before the both of you ;)

Digging: Emperor X - Western Teleport

LisbonGirls
September 21st 2009


832 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah but the majority of your reviews slay mine so...well except for my Nora review, you'll never be able to top that one.

Greggers
September 21st 2009


2375 Comments


I had a feeling you would review this, metalstyles, good work; I hated their debut so I'll probably avoid this at all costs.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
September 21st 2009


8570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

my 69 Eyes and Ensiferum review's kill your Nora review by a mile



aight Observer, i'll take a quick look at this. I did proofread but it was late yesterday evening so I might have made mistakes.



@Greg

it is much better than their debut. It's possible you might dig this, but it is up to you if you look into this or not.

LisbonGirls
September 21st 2009


832 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Pfft...lets be realistic Styles. Oh and then theres me Panic! at the Disco review. Yeah thats right I said it. I'll probably end up giving this a 3 for being meh.

BassDemon333
September 21st 2009


3434 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well done review my friend. Will pos'. :-)

Metalstyles
Emeritus
September 21st 2009


8570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

thanks and yeah, i just also edited this bad-boy so this it should be even better now.

shortone323
September 21st 2009


883 Comments


Good review. I pos'd, but you might want to consider adding a comma after band in the first sentence. Seems a little awkward, and that would probably create a better flow.

The band is alright. I listened to one song off their last album, and I've had no desire to listen to anything else by them so I probably won't be checking this out.

LisbonGirls
September 21st 2009


832 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The guys in Five Finger Death Punch may still be disturbingly cocky


and despite the band members being pretentious dicks




heart-warming performance




There something you wanna tell us Styles?

Metalstyles
Emeritus
September 21st 2009


8570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Good review. I pos'd, but you might want to consider adding a comma after band in the first sentence. Seems a little awkward, and that would probably create a better flow.
yeah i already changed that while you were typing.

There something you wanna tell us Styles?
yeah it's called no homo GTFO.

LisbonGirls
September 21st 2009


832 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Haha ur words not mine.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
September 21st 2009


8570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

I actually just changed it just so you could stop being a dick ;).

Willie
Moderator
September 21st 2009


17312 Comments


Good review, crap band.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
September 21st 2009


8570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

ughh, come on people, change we believe in haha

jingledeath
September 21st 2009


7101 Comments


good review, going to avoid this haha



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