Song Review: Five Finger Death Punch "Under and Over It" — 5 out of 5 stars
Thu, 04 Aug 2011 07:02:29
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Every legendary band will eventually write its own call-to-arms. It's the classic song that causes them to explode beyond the boundaries of the genre they started in and become a crossover phenomenon. It's the undeniable anthem unique to them alone. For Pantera, it was "Walk". For Metallica, it was "Enter Sandman". For Korn, it was "Got the Life". For Five Finger Death Punch, it's "Under and Over It", the first single from their forthcoming third masterpiece, American Capitalist, available October 11, 2011.
"Under and Over It" is invigorating, inspiring, and infectious. The song slides from Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook's thrash infused fret chug into a propulsive bounce on the verse, fueled by Jeremy Spencer's precise percussive pummeling. Ivan Moody's verse bludgeon brilliantly. Putting an end to any and all toxic online rumors, he sarcastically screams, "Did you the hear one about me giving a shit? Cuz if I ever did, I don't remember it!" Then, the song breaks into the most hypnotic hook of the band's career thus far. His voice sounds anarchically angelic as it carries over the guitar stomp. Moody's the ultimate metal frontman for the 21st century, and it's impossible not to feel him.
The chaos subsides into a mind-blowing solo, showcasing the impenetrable guitar prowess of the band. Kids will be up for days trying to replicate the six-string mastery. Everything culminates with one more refrain as Moody gives a final expulsion of emotion. This song not only solidifies Five Finger Death Punch as the modern kings of metal, it carves out their place alongside Pantera, Metallica, Korn, Slayer, and all of the other revolutionary acts who came before.
Did you hear the one about 2011's best metal song?
Have you heard "Under and Over It?"