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The Wrong Side of Heaven & the Righteous Side Of Hell, Vol. 1
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
2013's The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Vol. 1 is the fourth full-length studio album by the American Metal band Five Finger Death Punch; It was produced by Kevin Churko (who produced and played bass on their third album, American Capitalist) and as its name implies is one part of a two album set, with part two set to be released separately afterwards.

Five Finger Death Punch aren't a band for elitists, they aren't a band for snobs. If you've ever insulted a band for being `posers' or `mallcore' or criticized a band for its image rather than its music then they are definitely something you should avoid.

What they specialize in is simple, memorable and catchy Metal that is entertaining and enjoyable. They walk a fine line between being too heavy for the radio and yet too light for underground credibility. Equally some of their song titles, lyrics, stage banter and merchandise isn't always the most tasteful and artistic in the world but they know what they are doing musically. The band know how to write good songs, filled with crunchy riffs, great solos, vocal parts you can sing along with and melodies that get stuck in your head for days.

The direction of their sound is a sort of clean, crisp and deceptively heavy mixture between Hard Rock, the less Grungey or Industrial sides of Alternative Metal and those occasional commercial radio-Metal singles by heavier bands. Imagine a mixture between Vulgar era Pantera, Vol. 3 era Slipknot and Indestructible era Disturbed and you'll get a vague ballpark idea of their sound.

All of their albums so far have been in a similar direction, with changes happening slowly and logically between albums, so while their debut was a bit faster and a little more Metalcore influenced than their last album for example, you can always tell within a few seconds that its Five Finger Death Punch you're listening to. They are distinctive and they have a clear formula. This new album is no different. Its not an exact copy of what's came before and yet if you've heard a Five Finger Death Punch album before, then you'll know more or less what to expect from this.

Tracks like the opener `Lift Me Up,' the speedy `Burn MF' and the ridiculously catchy `You' cover the same ground that the band have covered before, again, but remarkably well, and `Wrong Side Of Heaven' and `M.I.N.E (End This Way)' provide the softer side of the album that fans will have come to expect by now. With such a successful formula there was no real need to experiment too far away just yet, but the band did a really good job of creating fresh and different sounding material without abandoning their core sound.

That being said, there are a few surprises though, like slightly electronic undertones on `Watch You Bleed' and the ever-so-mildly progressive `Anywhere But Here' & `Diary Of A Deadman.' Its not a million miles away from the band's usual direction, but it is a change nonetheless. Just like there are vocal patterns and riff types dotted around the record that you haven't heard the band try before. Small changes, gradually and over time.

Similarly, while Five Finger Death Punch are not strangers to cover songs, (Faith No More, Pantera, Bad Company) this album contains something of a curveball choice, in a cover of LL Cool J's `Mama Said Knock You Out.'

The album also contains guest appearances from other artists; with Rob Halford of Judas Priest singing on the opener `Lift Me Up,' as well as Maria Brink of In This Moment guesting on `Anywhere But Here' and hip hop artist Tech N9ne guesting on aforementioned unexpected cover song. If you get the bonus tracks you'll also find Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta singing on another version of album closer `Dot Your Eyes,' and Max Cavelera on an alternative version of `I.M Sin'.

Overall; this is a very good record. It mightn't win over any haters, but as a Five Finger Death Punch album it absolutely hits all the right spots, and still manages to take you on a few unexpected journeys. If you already like the band, it serves up more of what you want (bouncy, infectious songs in the band's usual style, with choruses you'll probably sing all summer, solos that will put a smile on your face, and an ear pleasing production) and it serves it all up to a very high standard.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2013
This is another great 5FDP album, and it has shattered all of my expectations. Every song is strong enough to stand on its own as a single, yet they blend perfectly into a dozen track procession into hell and back. "Wrong Side of Heaven" is rightfully the title track with its powerful chorus and moody yet thoughtful lyrics. "Anywhere but Here" featuring the lovely Maria Brink, is another standout track, while 5DP's cover of "Momma said Knock You Out" will have you thinking that LL Cool J's classic was meant to be a metal song all along. Easily the most balanced album they have ever created, with "Burn MF" "You", and "Dot Your Eyes" forming the angry core while melodic tracks like the ballad "M.I.N.E" give it an outside appeal. All in all, an excellent offering, and a must have for all Knuckleheads!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2013
There old sound is coming back on this album in my opinion, which is good because I loved their self titled and War is the answer. My only gripe with this album is that some of the songs I feel like I heard before only with different lyrics. Overall though it is still head bangin worthy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2013
This is five finger death punchs best album yet havent stoped listening to it after a month of being realeased
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33 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2013
Before I get into this, please know that I am a fan of this band, and have been since The Way of The Fist and Even Ivans' days in the awesome MOTOGRATER.... That being said, this hotly anticipated album fell far short of my expectations. The passion of the lyrics are gone and replaced with curse-laden drivel and nonsense. I like hearing cussing in my Metal but when it is done right, this is ALMOST dabbling into LIMP BIZKIT territory when it comes to Ivans' use of the F Bomb.....It is ridiculous, and kills the whole vibe of the album for me. The other 3 albums all had songs that lifted me up through dark times and after 4 listens of this cd, I feel nothing but disappointment and possibly a lower IQ. I get why people like it so much, I really do. American ears have been desensitized to ridiculous money hungry attempts where the band just gives up and rakes in all the cash while you bang your head and think you're cool for listening to a "heavy" band. This band had the chance to reach Slipknot style Mainstream success but after this, I truly don't think they have the songs or the desire to do so. Slipknot stayed heavy while going mainstream, this garbage is just noise that sounds like it was written by a pissed off 15 yr old in his mommy's basement. The music here is solid but nothing stands out for me. This band is too talented to release such a slap in the face but that's the way the business goes. At least we got 3 awesome, uplifting, powerful albums from these guys. Sorry if this review makes you angry, but it's just how I feel. I wanted to like it, but I can't. And by the way, the guest appearances are not needed, and truly doesn't add much to the album. Rob Halford kills on here and Maria Brink is ok, but other than those 2 it is just disappointment song after song. I hope they step up their game next time around ESPECIALLY LYRICALLY or this will be the end for one of the best Modern Metal bands of this generation
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2014
I will not apologize for liking 5FDP. At the incredibly advanced age of 53, yes, 53, I still like metal better than any other popular music form, although I listen to a huge variety of stuff except for country, opera or rap and hip hop. The thing is, metal, when done properly, is the last bastion of the rebellion and individualism that defined rock and roll in the first place. Without that component, the music can still rock and still be enjoyed, but it will lack a certain amount of raw energy and emotion.
"The Wrong Side of Heaven" is a big improvement for the DP'rs, where the first three, while slamming efforts and worthy of your dollar, tended to be a bit formulaic, rough punchy verses and softer choruses. This album doesn't let up steam during the sing alongs, and it rocks harder for it. No less a metal god and legend than Rob Halford shares vocals with Ivan Moody on opening track "Lift Me Up". If Rob ever tired of Priest again, and Moody left 5FDP, he would be a perfect fit, as the two vocalists tag team to a furious hook and beat, setting the tone for an angry defiant album worthy of the heaviest Pantera.
The production this time is gigantic. Kevin Churko, former 5FDP bassist, produces the album and because of his work with the band, he understands exactly what they need: huge drums, maybe the best drum sound out there right now, fat but crisp guitars and an overall sound that pummels without becoming muddy. In fact, Jeremy Spencer's drums are the driving force, wisely keeping blast beats to a minimum and employing a solid fist pumping 4/4 beat that allows you to head bang without losing the drive of the tune, something far too many blast beaters out there simply do not understand. This is the type of music that Phil Rudd, AC/DC's iconic drummer could slip in and do, as he understands the beat like no other, except maybe for Charlie Watts or Ringo Starr, both understated drummers but rock solid nonetheless.
Jason Hook and Zoltan Bathory are a lethal guitar team, with ferocious rhythms and expressive fiery lead work that colors the music just right without overkill.
Other standout tracks include "Burn MF", you can guess what "MF" stands for, which has nothing to do with the novelty song "The Roof is Burning" from Southern Culture on the Skids" from several years back. This is the kind of scream along chorus that a timid cop at a live show will feel pretty nervous during its performance. The title track is epic, and we get a few guest spots from Max Calavera, which is not that impressive, since he can't sing, and the inclusion of "Anywhere But Here" with Maria Brink twice. Why two versions, I don't know.
I will be picking up Vol. 2 soon. 5FDP have recently opened for the lame Avenged Sevenfold, but they will not open for anybody again judging from this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2013
Just cant get enough of this band, had the chance to see them live a few years ago, great show, even had the chance to meet the singer in a bar once also, very done to earth, civil person, this band also is a very big supporter of the troops and for that you cant ever say anything too negative about who they are.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent album, Love FFDP and this album solidifies why. These guys are amazing!!! Keep Rockin' Out and I'll see ya at every show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2013
wont disappoint. enjoyed all the songs here. FFDP just kicks ass no matter what they put out. A needed addition to the rest of my collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2013
The best of the two albums with great collaborations including Rob Halford and Max Cavalera contributing on some of the best songs I have heard this year. "I.M. Sin" and "Lift Me Up" If you like Killswitch Engage Check these guys out.
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