War Is the Answerby Five Finger Death Punch
Five Finger Death Punch first stormed rock radio in 2007 with "The Bleeding" (from debut album The Way of the Fist), a powerful, emotionally tense track that matched vintage Metallica-style thrash with a throat-shredding chorus more typical of late-aughts metalcore. The Las Vegas band's sophomore disc, War Is the Answer, mines much of the same territory as that breakout song, keeping the flame of the classic '80s Four Horsemen sound alive with snap-tight chugga-chugga guitar rhythms, minor-key, classical music-inspired clean/acoustic passages, and vocals dripping with a James Hetfield-approved combination of sensitive angst and macho defiance. First single "Hard to See" backs a catchy, harmony vocal-laden melody with a syncopated groove so rhythmically engaging it could almost be called funky, while the closing track, "War Is the Answer," takes a headbanging riff seemingly straight out of the Anthrax songbook and uses it to drive home one of several ultra-aggressive sentiments ("To me you're just a cancer/War is the answer"). Elsewhere, Five Finger Death Punch delve into somewhat more diverse sonic territory; "Bulletproof" pairs a throbbing industrial feel reminiscent of late-period Ministry with Yngwie Malmsteen-esque melodic shred guitar solos and a vocal hook that recalls the '80s pop-prog of Asia and GTR, while "Far from Home" is a straight-up power ballad, complete with dramatic strings and a soaring chorus that could sit on a compilation album right alongside any big lighter-waver, from Staind's "It's Been Awhile" to Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."
- Release Date:
- Prospect Park
Performance CreditsFive Finger Death Punch Primary Artist
Ivan Moody Vocals
Jason Hook Guitar,Group Member
Zoltan Bathory Guitar,Group Member
Matt Snell Bass,Group Member
Jeremy Spencer Drums,Group Member
Technical CreditsBathory Composer,Lyricist
Paul Rogers Composer,Lyricist
Mick Ralphs Composer,Lyricist
Brent Fitz Drum Technician
Kevin Churko Producer,Engineer
Tom Parham Engineer
Five Finger Death Punch Producer
Zoltan Bathory Art Direction
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awesome second studio album by five finger death punch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I received this album from a good friend of mine for my birthday. He knew how much I liked metal and liked these guys himself personally, and he figured I would probably like it too. I had previously heard a little bit off of this album, but only a couple of songs. I also enjoyed what I heard of most of their album before this, Way of the Fist, though I don't yet own that album, but I plan to very soon. Overall, this CD was very exceptional. An excellent heavy, yet melodic sound with the occasional heart felt softer song...a great mix. The instrumentals on this were really cool, and the lead singer did an excellent job...most of his lyrics were very deep and emotional. All around, this album is quite exceptional. The only very small qualm I had with this album was that there were a few kinda sketchy lyrics in one song, but that is a very minor infraction though...not enough to really affect my over all rating of this. People are entitled to their own thoughts and opinions, after all. There is a bit of foul language throughout this CD...though only every here & there, which is tollerable...they did not over do it in this album. It's just words, after all, but I'm not a big fan of bands that feel they have to swear every other 2 or 3 words in their music. It taints the music and is rather unbecoming, I feel. FFDP is definitely an exception to that though, because their swearing is moderate. All in all though, great fricken CD! If you are into metal and don't mind a little language, I highly recommend this album for your collection. Go out and buy it!
It's not as hard as the older cd's but it's still one of the best cd's i've heard in a while!! explicit language, but that makes it better!