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CD FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH The Wrong Side of Heaven Vol 1 Review

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

The Wrong Side of Heaven AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL

EMI

2013

 

 

THE HARDEST PUNCH YET

 

 

I almost got to my feet and applauded at the end of this one, but like most normal people I don’t usually do that after listening to a CD so I just punched the air instead.

 

 

This is a great album. From the added ‘Halford’ of opener ‘Lift Me Up’ to the dying seconds of the suitably titled ‘Dot Your Eyes’.

 

 

Since 2005 FFDP have never really disappointed and this, their fourth long-player is also arguably their most consistent, maybe even best work to date. It’s a big call to make though (as big fans of their back-catalogue I still can’t 100% commit) but this release just seems to take those tentative steps to the very front of the Metal queue.  

 

 

Call it what you will to me FFDP was always just a heavy Metal band, sure there are traditional elements, there is melody, there are modern touches but at the end of the day this is a band that I’d hope would be happy to just take that plain old time-worn Heavy Metal tag and wear it with pride.

 

 

On an album where it’s pointless to play favourites as everything is so damn good maybe if you want a feel for the whole thing then try the single ‘Lift Me Up’; but the title track and ‘Burn MF’ are early highlights for us. Top of the pile though after a good few listens? Well how about ‘Anywhere But Here’ the duet with Maria Brink of In This Moment?  Or maybe the version of ‘Dot Your Eyes’ with added Jamey Jasta?  We’re also rather partial to the savage rap of ‘Mama said Knock You Out’. God this is good.

 

 

Bursting with great songs, some fine guests and wonderful production ‘Vol. 1’ hits all the right spots.

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH The Wrong Side of Heaven Review 2013