Written by Alex Mrkonjic
Top Of The World
Blue On Black (Kenny Wayne Shepherd cover)
Fire In The Hole
It Doesn’t Matter
When The Seasons Change
Stuck In My Ways
Gone Away (The Offspring cover)
Will The Sun Ever Rise
Save Your Breath
Release Date: May 18, 2018
Label: Prospect Park Records
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH IS:
Ivan Moody - Vocals Zoltan Bathory - Rhythm guitars
Jason Hook - Lead guitars & backing vocals
Jeremy Spencer - Drums Chris Kael - Bass & backing vocals
This album does a good job of bringing sheer brutality, but at the same time slowing things down and giving you a break with some good ballads. Five Finger Death Punch has managed to bring their “A” game to both ballads and brutality and meanwhile have a great diverse record for fans of either sound. The album starts off very strong with the first single “Fake”, with chugging riffs and heavy driving beat that should kick ass when played live. The track singles out a “Fake Motherfucker” whoever that may be for you. A couple names came to mind when I first heard this track to who I thought they could be talking about. The second single “Sham Pain” slams all the doubters that the band has had over the last few years or as guitarist Zoltan Bathory describes it: “Everyone has a different way of dealing with the moments when life hands them lemons… some complain and some make lemonade. Us, we pour gasoline on it and then hit it with a rocket launcher. Sarcasm has always been our Art of War (if from naming the band ‘Five Finger Death Punch’ you haven’t figured it out yet), but just wait until you see the video we made for this song.” One of my favourite parts of the song comes in the very first verse when Vocalist Ivan Moody says: “The Label tried to sue me, TMZ tried to screw me, Blabbermouth can fuck itself ‘cause they never fucking knew me”.
The brutality continues on the album with songs like “Fire In The Hole”, “It Doesn’t Matter”, “Rock Bottom” and one of my personal favourites “Top Of The World”. The song starts off strong with a killer riff from guitarist Zoltan Bathory and drum beats from drummer Jeremy Spencer. The lyrics are also pretty good as well, referring to someone who says they will always be there but when you need them, they never are (at least that’s my interpretation of them). I had this song on repeat the day I got the album.
They boys also do a good job of giving this album some variety. Examples are: “Blue On Black” (a cover of the song by Kenny Wayne Shepherd), “I Refuse”, and “Save Your Breath”. On the deluxe version, you also get the songs “Trouble”, the first single off of their A Decade Of Destruction greatest hits release, “Bad Seed”, and the aforementioned “Save Your Breath”. One of the more interesting songs on the record is the other single from their greatest hits release “Gone Away” (a cover of the song by The Offspring). The original is more uptempo and light-hearted, but Five Finger Death Punch manage to soften it up a bit and even made a very deep and strong emotional track (just watch the music video and you will know what I mean).
Overall this is a very strong seventh studio effort. It was long wait, but it was worth it. There is something here for every fan of the band, weather you like the ballands or you just want sheer brutality they do a good job of delivering both. Let’s hope the next album does not take as long because I love what they did here.
Final Rating: 10/10
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