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on 29 April 2017
Just as described
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on 20 July 2017
Awesome album, well worth a listen.
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on 6 September 2017
love it
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on 20 July 2014
great album, fantastic band...simply FAB
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on 7 September 2013
Incredible album. Definitely one of the best albums of the year. Cannot wait for volume 2 as I'm sure that will be just as good if not better
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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 September 2017
Fast delivery and an absolutely fantastic album. I love listening to this in the school car park and letting all of the other parents enjoy it too. My particular favourite sing-a-long tune is "Burn M.F".
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on 29 July 2013
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 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 29 April 2017
Delivery before the deadline. Cool. I recommend 100%. :)
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