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Darius Looks at Five Finger Death Punch

22 April 2009 14 Comments

By: Darius

Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch

Without a doubt, Five Finger Death Punch was metal’s greatest success story last year. Their debut album, The Way of the Fist, was released in the summer of 2007 and began an upward climb that was pretty hard to believe. The album cracked the Billboard charts on the first week and has since sold over 300,000 copies. Three singles were released, “The Bleeding,” “Never Enough,” and “Stranger Than Fiction,” and all charted in the top Rock charts. Throughout 2008, the band played large festivals as well as sold-out club dates. Pretty remarkable for a new band this day and age.

I’ve listened to the album a few times and I’m not a big fan. I’ll be the first to admit that lead singer Ivan Moody has some pipes and he displays an exemplary vocal range; he can switch from a deafening scream to soft melody that is reminiscent of Chris Volz (FLAW, Five.Bolt.Main). However, where Moody excels in vocal ability, he suffers in lyricism.

The lyrics are ridiculously cheesy and oftentimes painful to listen to. It’s hard to take Moody seriously when he’s screaming about being “a walking one-man genocide with a black belt in corrupt” in one song (Ashes) and then singing “it’s stranger than fiction, how you’ve decayed. It must be so lonely, lost within your ways” in another (Stranger Than Fiction).

My personal favorite is from “The Way of the Fist”, when Moody warns his enemies to “Step to me, step to me mother f*cker! Shut your face, it’s your turn to die! Step to me, step to me anybody! Talk the sh*t, your ass is mine!” Wow, now that is some scary stuff…

The Way of the Fist

The Way Of The Fist

Personally, I can’t listen to any song on this record except for “The Bleeding,” which is thoughtfully written, has good guitar riffs, and a slamming chorus that will bring the mosh pits every time. Other than “The Bleeding,” what is so good about The Way of the Fist? If you aren’t a professional wrestler, why are you buying this album? More than 2,000 copies were sold this week, a solid number for a metal album released nearly 2 years ago! Why is Outburn Magazine calling The Way of the Fist the Cowboys from Hell for this millennium? How come Sirius Satellite Radio is still getting enough requests to keep these singles in rotation? I can’t figure it out and would appreciate some help. Thank you.

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  • Oscar said:

    This band has an identity crisis. The dude on the left looks like Napoleon in parachute pants and the kneeling guy looks like the singer of Crazy Town. I agree with this article. I don’t get it either. MASTODON!

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  • Dennis said:

    All the lyrics are childish and schoolyard whining crap. I own this pile of garbage and wish I could have that hour of my life and money back.

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  • 5150 said:

    I’m waiting for a POD article from Darius.

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  • darius said:

    the POD article will be written once im done with my pieces on Chevelle and Taproot.

    in all seriousness, due to the popularity of 5FDP, i just had to open the discussion. its beyond me why this band is popular. we may have to discuss it on the air at some point.

    i’d love to hear from some fans of this band. either post to this blog entry or email me.

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  • ArchedIsisByleveling said:

    100% agree.

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  • frayzen said:

    Let’s all hop aboard the Mastodon bandwagon. Both of these bands suck.

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  • zebo said:

    Call me crazy but I’ve never heard of this band. I also am not a Pantera fan. Shoot me.

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  • THE HURT said:


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  • subway6 said:

    I don’t get it either. They seem to be marketed towards 16 year old kids. They suck balls live.

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  • semperfi said:

    Outburn Magazine sucks and this band sucks. This is the prime reason music today sucks.

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  • mAAT said:

    great band, shitty article, die

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  • francdanc said:

    This band tries too hard to be hardasses and just like the reviewer I don’t get it either.

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  • 1942 said:

    i think personally you’re all nuts, these guys are touring overseas as headliners so someone sees something in them. don’t hate what’s great.

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  • Dennis said:

    Don’t hare what’s great? 1942, are you 7? This album sucks.

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