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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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on 12 August 2013
like ive already said, best five finger death punch album ever!!! if your a fan of f.f.d.p then you should love this album!! ignore any negative stories you may hear or read, buy the album its worth every penny!! i held off buying it but now im glad i did its the most solid album they have done, not a bad song on the album in my opinion.
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on 1 August 2013
...they release The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous side of Hell.

If the heavy, growling songs on the previous 3 turned you off a little, this new offering will only underpin why you dislike FFDP. If, on the the other hand you enjoy some serious riffing, growling, swearing and general bad behaviour this album may have you singing it until well, the next FFDP album I guess.

We start as we mean to go on, with Lift me up, a duet with Rob Halford. The instant hook, the thumping bass, the shouting, growling, swearing are all present and correct. Rob delivers a great performance and as the song suggests, you do get lifted up, on a wave of europhic sing along, very heavy metal. The pace rarely lets up, save for the few token ballads, but even these are harder, meaner tougher than previous outings. Guest artists arrive, growl and shout along, and go again. And on we go...

Watch you bleed, makes your ears do just that, bleed. The furious stompy ranting 'You' will have you humming the melody pretty much all day long.

Other high lights include the Granny friendly 'Burn MF', Dot your Eyes and IM sin, which get the solo band treatment, and then as extra tracks duets with Max Cavalera, who manages to out grunt Ivan, amazingly and then Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed. Maria Brink of In This Moment adds some light to the shade on Anywhere but Here.

This stuff is not new, original or ground breaking, but what FFDP have created is probably their strongest collection of testosterone fuelled gargantuan powerhouse metal, that will probably make women pregnant from just holding up the case. Its that potent...

I jest of course, but if you like your metal, heavy, dirty, driving, profane and downright catchy, this is probably the album to get the blood pumping.

The live album attached to this proves firstly how good the band are as a live unit, but moreover the connection they have with their audience, the genuine affection between crowd and band and band and crowd is actually quite touching in a strange way. The crowd are thanked several times and respond carrying the melodies on as the band crash on. The set list is predictably strong, showcasing the best songs so far, with The Bleeding the finale, as band and crowd unite in their most successful song so far.

Will they be as radio friendly as The Bleeding again? On this studio album showing, probably not, the anger and violence is ramped up to new levels of power. An album to thoroughly annoy your neighbours. Well done fellas.
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on 19 October 2013
I understand this album is not as heavy and way more commercial than their first album, HOWEVER that does not make it a bad album, The album is a slightly experimental with a few interesting ideas such as having Tech 9 feature on a song and some Strange electronic gizmos not normally associated with metal this opens up the sound pallette and keeps the listener listening. Unlike the last album the lyrics are much better I feel still a little bit on the sort of obvious and simple side but they are performed with great gusto and you can really sing along with alot of them, which are very catchy. Ivan moody, Snarls, shouts and Sings is way through the songs with a renewed energy much like the instrumentation. Mixing A few electronic effects in to the rip roaring guitar rhythms adds a nice touch of 'cyber' to it and really drives it forward with the drums pumelling through with that deep snare sound and gravelly bass. the band have a few ballady type songs too such as the title song which is very singalong and catchy but with some slightly cheesey lyrics. The opening song however is an absolute blister especially with Rob Halford performing too it really Rockets the song along and BMF is another good one with it's foul mouthed catchy refrain sure to have lots of skin headed meat first pumping.
all in all a brilliant album although the bonus songs are pretty pointless Can't wait for part 2
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on 23 February 2014
Heavy metal is for outsiders, we know that. Its aggression and subversive ideology ensure its anchorage to the underground, regardless of the offshoots which break the mainstream from time to time. That's the reason it will last a lifetime, but take a moment to consider the people swept up by those commercial trends, the fans for whom the passing of time has dragged them kicking and screaming from the music they loved. Nu metal is a prime example. While the more recent phenomenon of commercial metalcore continues to pump out fringed riff-peddlers some eight years on, it's been slim pickings for the brutish, protein-shake types since the turn of the millennium. Although Five Finger Death Punch play a much updated and far from pure version of what nu metal was (they notably feature guitar solos, previously the genre's kryptonite) the all-American stars fill the gap perfectly. They're heroes.
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on 3 January 2014
An excellent album from an excellent band really liked lift me up with Rob Halford guesting on vocals. I really enjoyed disc 2 a live recording from a concert in America, they are well worth catching live which i managed to do in Wembley this band has something about them.Heavy riffs thunderous drumming delivered with a slightly melodic twist at times perfectly illustrated on the track watch you bleed.Other stand out tracks are You a rappy delivery in the vocals with a heavy riff but it makes you want to sing along to it its very catchy, Wrong side of heaven is quite melodic but has an edge to it in the chorus,Burn MF is delivered like a really good anthem, I.M.Sin encapsulates the aggressive hard rock edge perfectly,Dot Your Eyes has a rthymic riff that drives the song along at a steady groove. All in all a fantastic album.
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on 30 August 2013
I am a massive fan of FFDP. Even though I love all of their albums, "War is the Answer" always stood out as the strongest. It now has a contender for the top spot.
The Wrong Side of Heaven is straight in your face and refuses to back down. If I have to comment on a negative, the repeated tracks at the end are actually better than the versions in the album itself. Not to say the album version is bad, but I like the larger parts that the guest singers have.
If you can get the deluxe edition, the bonus live album is a solid affair as well.
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on 9 November 2013
Catchy with great rifts and heavy guitars, 5FDP have done it again! Really enjoy the diversity of the album with some thoughtful lyrics and more tonal songs through to the crunching metal that typically defines the band. Great work with other artists on the album too.
In the deluxe version a live cd is included which is worth the extra bit of money- if you have never seen this band live, you really should make it a priority and this cd will show you why! Brilliant! \+/
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on 19 March 2015
Musically this is ok, some good riffs (the earlier albums are better).
This features some of the dumbest and most embarrassing lyrics ever! It's on one level with bands such as Manowar, Steel Panther, Powerwolf, Gloryhammer... wait... those are mostly Power Metal bands who are not supposed to be taken seriously!?!? Well, that's the saddest part about this album, these lyrics aren't meant as a joke. Just listen to "Watch you bleed" as an example..
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on 21 September 2013
After hearing all the songs on the album I'm very happy to say that Death Punch haven't gone soft, a lot of knuckle busting songs on this album, also there's guest appearances from other artists to like Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed), Rob Halford (Judas Priest) and even rapper Tech 9, if you don't like 5FDP then this album will probably not convert you but for the knuckles heads it should keep them happy, and there's even a part 2 later this year.
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