Live Review: Five Finger Death Punch — Jimmy Kimmel Live, Hollywood
Wed, 18 Aug 2010 08:03:50
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Five Finger Death Punch put a fist right through national TV last night with their ass-kicking appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show.
It's been a long road for Five Finger Death Punch, and the Kimmel performance featured the band at the top of their game—and the top of the genre. It's always a big moment when an underground, not to mention independent act, breaks through like this, and Five Finger Death Punch broke through with a bang last night. They kicked off the three-song set inside Kimmel's studio with their hit cover of "Bad Company" from War is the Answer. The bluesy detuned intro riff rumbled from Zoltan Bathory's guitar as the packed crowd of fans slowly simmered to the sound. Jason Hook countered Zoltan brilliantly as the duo played off each other with poise. Matt Snell's bass and Jeremy Spencer's slow back beat drove the groove home as the audience began moving. It was as if Five Finger Death Punch were splitting the ground in the studio. Then the classic chorus kicked in with Ivan Moody's pristinely powerful pipes engaging every ear. The song resounded just like Bad Company always intended with real balls of metal…err steel.
After "Bad Company," Five Finger Death Punch tore through a thrash-y "Hard to See." The guitars propelling the song were even meaner and more metallic as they cut through the cheers and the band wreaked havoc on the small stage—about 50 feet from Disney's El Capitan theater where unsuspecting victims could certainly feel the Punch. Again, Moody's vocals swung like a guillotine from a pensive, poetic verse into a hook that he belted with rupturing rawness. Moody's talents lie somewhere between the impenetrable aggression of Far Beyond Driven-era Phil Anselmo and Tool during Maynard James Keenan's most vulnerable moments. He's going to be remembered as one of the genre's icons with a few more appearances like this.
Before their third and final song, Moody announced, "Seriously from us to you guys, we really appreciate this. You know how we end the show. This is 'The Bleeding.'"
The bloodletting continued with Moody blasting out one final scream into a concluding bellow, and a transcendent moment occurred on stage. He stood there looking at the tightly clustered crowd and smiled. He's got all the reason to smile. Five Finger Death Punch is the best metal band to emerge in the past decade, and the world's recognizing it more and more. Raise a fist and crank some Death Punch, because right now War Is the Answer.
Watch our video interview with Ivan Moody below!
Did you see Five Finger Death Punch on Jimmy Kimmel? What's your favorite Death Punch tune?