16 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Five Finger Death Punch's seventh album is a triumphant return of sorts: It comes off a rocky period in which it looked like the band might split up—maybe even on stage. Vocalist Ivan Moody seems to address his public meltdowns defiantly over the meaty power grooves of leadoff track “Trouble” and with humor on the catchy rap-rock kiss-off “Sham Pain.” The tone shifts considerably with the uplifting acoustic ballad “When the Seasons Change” and an emotional cover of The Offspring’s 1997 meditation in mourning, “Gone Away.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Five Finger Death Punch's seventh album is a triumphant return of sorts: It comes off a rocky period in which it looked like the band might split up—maybe even on stage. Vocalist Ivan Moody seems to address his public meltdowns defiantly over the meaty power grooves of leadoff track “Trouble” and with humor on the catchy rap-rock kiss-off “Sham Pain.” The tone shifts considerably with the uplifting acoustic ballad “When the Seasons Change” and an emotional cover of The Offspring’s 1997 meditation in mourning, “Gone Away.”

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About Five Finger Death Punch

One of the most successful groove metal bands of the 2010s, Five Finger Death Punch have been a staple of the Billboard charts since their formation in 2005. Taking their name from the cult martial arts film The Five Fingers of Death, the band's titanic riffs and darkly skewed lyrics deliver a brand of vintage thrash and blazing metal as powerful as their name. In the years following their 2007 debut, they have amassed a slew of awards via gold and platinum-selling outings like 2011's American Capitalist, 2013's ambitious two-volume set The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, and 2018's And Justice for None.

The Los Angeles-based outfit formed around the talents of former U.P.O. guitar player Zoltan Bathory, former W.A.S.P. guitarist Darrell Roberts, vocalist Ivan Moody (Motograter/Ghost Machine), bass player Matt Snell (Anubis Rising), and former W.A.S.P. drummer Jeremy Spencer. The underground supergroup's volatile but groove-heavy debut, Way of the Fist, was released in 2007, followed by War Is the Answer in 2009. The following year, bassist Matt Snell parted ways with Five Finger Death Punch just after they went into the studio to begin work on a new album, and in 2011 the band recruited Chris Kael to take over for him. Later that year, they released their third studio album, American Capitalist.

After a round of touring, Five Finger Death Punch eventually returned to the studio, where they quickly learned they had too much new material for one album. The result was The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, which were released in the summer and fall of 2013, respectively. That winter, they indicated they had begun working on a sixth album. After a lengthy tour, the band returned to the studio and recorded the video single "Wrong Side of Heaven." Released in August of 2014, it was a powerful statement about the plight of returning war veterans suffering from PTSD, depression, and other psychological problems and virtually ignored by both government and social service organizations. After several tours and a brief respite, Five Finger Death Punch resumed work on their new album. Entitled Got Your Six, it was issued in September of 2015. Released in 2017, Decade of Destruction was the band's first career overview, and featured the new singles "Trouble" and "Gone Away," both of which also appeared on the group's 2018 studio LP, And Justice for None. ~ James Christopher Monger

ORIGIN
Los Angeles, CA
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
2005

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