Five Finger Death Punch "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 2" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Thu, 21 Nov 2013 09:43:00
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The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Vol. 2 is Five Finger Death Punch's crowning achievement to date.
Picking up where this summer's Vol. 1 left off, the second half packs a more pummeling, potent, and powerful punch. In fact, this isn't just the superior side of the double outing, but it's the band's best record yet.
"Here to Die" kicks open the doors like a shotgun blast spreading riff warfare from Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook as Ivan Moody's growl bounces over a thrash-ed up beat from Jeremy Spencer and Chris Kael's throbbing bass. "Weight Beneath My Sin" illuminates the band's signature dynamics as it volleys from a kinetic six-string barrage into a hauntingly hypnotic hook from Moody—punctuated by his vocal ponderings on the bridge. Meanwhile, "Wrecking Ball" possesses the intensity to make anyone forget that Miley Cyrus ever dropped a single of the same title.
One of the record's standout moments happens on "Cradle to the Grave" where Moody admits, "Been called a monster, "Been called a monster, called a demon, called a freak. I'm not an idol, not an angel, not a saint". It's his cinematic lyricism that always helped elevate Five Finger Death Punch coupled with some of the best instrumental fireworks in the entire genre. Another standout is the instrumental "The Agony of Regret", where classical-influenced acoustic guitar sails past both heaven and hell into the metal pantheon.
"Cold" remains their biggest and best ballad ever, highlighting their knack for a great song once more. However, "A Day In My Life" sets a new standard for Five Finger Death Punch. Building from a schizophrenic snarl into a soaring contemplative refrain as double bass rages below, Moody screams, "Welcome to a day in my fucking life".
These metal icons have just begun their day at the top, and they're not going anywhere.
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