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.