FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – The Wrong Side Of Heaven and The Righteous side of Hell Volume 1 by Hellias Papadopoulos

Released: July 30, 2013,
Label: EMI Records       
Rating: 3.5/5
FFDPTrack Listing

1.Lift Me Up (feat. Rob Halford)
2.Watch You Bleed
4.Wrong Side of Heaven
5.Burn MF
7.Anywhere But Here (feat. Maria Brink of In This Moment)
8.Dot Your Eyes[8]
9.M.I.N.E (End This Way)
10.Mama Said Knock You Out (feat. Tech N9ne; LL Cool J cover)
11.Diary of a Deadman
12.I.M.Sin (feat. Max Cavalera)
13.Anywhere But Here (Duet with Maria Brink)
14.Dot Your Eyes (feat. Jamey Jasta)


Line up:

Ivan Moody – lead vocals
Zoltan Bathory – rhythm guitar
Jeremy Spencer – drums
Jason Hook – lead guitar, backing vocals
Chris Kael – bass guitar, backing vocals


Their first album (The Way of the Fist) was a powerful punch to our faces, but it was the second album (War Is the Answer) that made us being dizzy for keeps. The third one (American Capitalist) didn’t hit the target. Now, FFDP are back with a double combo hit, under the provocative title The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, whose first part get us in the zone and this is the album that will continues to keep energy in high levels with infectious riffing and memorable gang-shouted choruses.

I know that the above description is pretty vivid and picturesque. So, forget, then, the mediocrity of American Capitalist, and here, again, there is the prospect of an excellent album that will please metallers whether they are looking for something different or not. Do not forget (for one more time!) the prospect of FFDP when they released their godly and divine nihilistic anthems of War Is The Answer. Here it is, the same prospect and sign!

Beginning with the single “Lift Me Up”, it is evident that there will be a series of storming riff, strong groove and huge choruses always accompanied by lyrics of aversion. The speeds are down only twice, in the awesome title song and “M.I.N.E. (End This Way)”, to relax the tension. Ivan Moody either as another Corey Taylor, or as another Max Cavalera, but always being pissed-off , he lines up some of the most dynamic performances, while Zoltan Bathory in the limited space that is given unfolds the lead virtues.

Alright, there are some extra issues that they should be explained here. We know that there are given patented songwriting styles on the tracks, but the musical style they play in, the differentiation is not their first priority, so long as they do not overdo the standardization and, of course, have the necessary inspiration, something that happens here. From the chorus of “IM Sin”, “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell” and “Dot Your Eyes” aggression of “Make You Bleed” and “You”, until the admittedly kitsch of “Burn MF “puts power and breaks. Towards the close of the album we find a very well worked adaptation of “Mama Said Knock You Out” of LL Cool J, which resembles anything in the end rather than a rap song, while the spoken word interpretation of “Diary Of A Deadman” sufficiently “tweaked”.

Also important difference make several guest appearances. In “Lift Me Up” seamlessly blends the Rob Halford (great price of Five Finger Death Punch), while in “Anywhere But Here” Maria Brinks features with FFDP in a hit song that could easily be played on radio. As bonus track “IM Sin” with the help of Max Cavalera is one of the most anticipated songs of the album, “Dot Your Eyes” with Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed and a version of “Anywhere But Here” with extended participation of Maria Brinks. Indeed, it is so remarkable that I confess that I did not understand why normally these features have not been used normally in the album, especially the latter one.

With “The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell, Volume 1”, Five Finger Death Punch make the right step forward as it is made by Stone Sour with The House Of Gold And Bones – Part 1, entering again on the rise as one of the most dynamic modern metal bands. I do not know if the double album is a secret inspiration, but if the second hit is equally possible to go knock out at the end of the year.

Review by Hellias Papadopoulos