“American Capitalist” by Five Finger Death Punch

Five Finger Death Punch are the band that metal fans love to hate and some of that hate is due to their political stance as Republicans and strong supporters of the US Army but also that they are the kind of band that will intentional get in your face and not many metal bands do that anymore. However, they have a growing following and this is their third album, entitled American Capitalist, which is mostly considered whether they are destined to stick around or flutter out after this.

The album kicks off with the track American Capitalist and it instantly makes sure that you’re in their domain for the next forty minutes and they don’t care if you like it or not. The song is blistering tempo and filled with pure aggression like their previous albums and Ivan Moody’s vocals are just perfect.

The next track Under and Over It continues the aggression of the album and the line “Do I care if you hate me? Do you wanna know the true? C’est la vie, adios, good riddance, fuck you!” just shows exactly what the band thinks of those who hate them. The Pride is the next track and is one of the highlights of the album, though the lyrics can be somewhat uninspiring if taken out of context of the song but once all together they work well while the guitar work and drumming gives the song the fighting edge it needs.

Coming Down is the first ballad on the album, and slows the tempo down for everyone to relax and listen and it works really well with Moody’s clean vocals taking over the majority of the song as the guitar and drumming slowly but surely starts to build up into a thundering wave.  The next track Menace returns to the full aggression of the previous songs and the death growl at the beginning just completely sets the tempo as the kind of song that you want to fight to.

The following track Generation Dead continues the thundering wave of noise and aggressive tempo but it does drag on slightly too long and doesn’t really go anywhere new, one of the weakest songs on the album. Back for More follows and has the catchiest riff on the album and will be the song that will get an entire crowd headbanging and battling in a moshpit, it has the aggression vibe kicked up tenfold and just wants to make you fight, easily one of the best on the album.

Remember Everything is the second ballad on the track and is the most emotional song on the album with Moody’s clean vocals talking about his failures towards his family, this is the song that will pull at your heartstrings and you’ll hang onto every word that is uttered. The next track Wicked Ways is disappointing after the previous song and just feels like a filler track, it has good lyrics, good riffs and good drums but it just doesn’t feel right in the context of the album.

If I Fall is the best track on the album by a considerable distance, starting off as a ballad but kicking into high gear quickly with the guitars and drumming some of the best on the album as Moody’s vocals are the best on the album, the highlight being the line “If I fall, I’m dragging everybody down”, it’s the song sums the entire album into one and is one of the best songs that Five Finger Death Punch have ever written.

The final track 100 Ways to Hate returns the angry and aggression for one last ride before the end and it does it brilliantly, with the lyrics finding a way to make everyone connect with them in some form and this is the perfect way to finish the album.

This is the album that decides whether Five Finger Death Punch can reach the heights of Pantera and Slipknot, and after this offering I can think of no reason why they can’t. This is easily one of the best metal bands of the past five years and their aggression is unmatched, this is an album full of songs which will make you want to fight and I can’t wait for more.

8/10

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