Five Finger Death Punch - The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell - Volume 2 review
|Band:||Five Finger Death Punch|
|Album:||The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell - Volume 2|
|Release date:||November 2013|
01. Here To Die
02. Weight Beneath My Sin
03. Wrecking Ball
04. Battle Born
05. Cradle To The Grave
06. Matter Of Time
07. The Agony Of Regret
09. Let This Go
10. My Heart Lied
11. A Day In My Life
12. House Of The Rising Sun
13. Burn MF" [Mr. Kane and Nikka Bling Remix] [feat. Rob Zombie] [iTunes bonus]
01. Intro [live]
02. Under And Over It [live]
03. Burn It Down [live]
04. American Capitalist [live]
05. Hard To See [live]
06. Coming Down [live]
07. Bad Company [live]
08. White Knuckles [live]
09. Drum Solo [live]
10. Far From Home [live]
11. Never Enough [live]
12. War Is The Answer [live]
13. Remember Everything [live]
14. No One Gets Left Behind [live]
15. The Bleeding [live]
"Ah, finally more weightlifting music. I was starting to feel a bit unfit." This best summarizes my thoughts about the newer Five Finger Death Punch, before their release.
It goes without saying that the first album of this couple has been a huge disappointment for most Five Finger Death Punch fans, due to excessive immaturity, avoidable vulgarity and overall average music. Altogether, the common feeling was that the next "Mission: Impossible" would have seen Tom Cruise in a desperate quest to find reasons to save that album.
As already stated in the introduction, I was at least confident in the fact that the new Five Finger Death Punch would have been added to my gym playlist, alongside with Sabaton. But Volume 1 was useless also in that role, since the energy it displayed was simply hollow and its plastic cartoon brutality fell, inevitably sounding pointless.
A few months later, the band released Volume 2. The shared hope was that it would have made amends for the previous error, while the public fear was that it would have continued in the self-satisfied mediocrity of the first instalment.
Anyway, let's analyse Volume 2, comparing it with its forerunner. Since Volume 1 has already been examined here, in the next paragraph I'm going to accurately explain what makes Volume 2 different from Volume 1 and, therefore, justifies the release of this album.
Well, well. Volume 2 is harmed by the same ruinous formula that made Volume 1 so laughable. The overused mixture of heavy songs and dramatic-wannabe ballads, the humble song structure that started losing its vibe already in American Capitalist, the unbearably pathetic lyrics, all the other blemishes and the extremely rare strength points are here, unchanged. And there's the rub, as The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell shows itself in its true nature: a cash cow, meant to take advantage of the hordes of trustful teen fans the band has gathered in years of not exceptional, but respectable work.
Written on 05.12.2013 by
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