FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH - has no sophomore blues to remedy with their second studio album War Is The Answer, (released on September 22, 2009). If a one line review was to suffice regarding War Is The Answer, I would take a corn dog route and just say: Skull crushing Hard Rock that melds with the finer points of Heavy Metal. Alright, with that said, Ivan Moody has secured his place among Hard Rock and Heavy Metal’s most convincing and steel solid vocalists. Ivan’s vocals on War Is The Answer can be construed as the show stealer, however, there is one terrific band behind him as well… and these guys have also secured themselves some heavy respect, with laying down the hard and heavy.
Cutting to the Metal chase on the ferocious songs heard on War Is The Answer, a standout for me is “Burn It Down”. It opens up into an angst fueled and welcomed invasion of Metal music and lyrics. An electrifying song is “Burn It Down”, highlighted by exquisitely heavy guitar licks from the guitar tandem of Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook. Five Finger Death Punch never comes across as playing heavy out of necessity, these guys play heavy because they damn well can… and play it hard and heavy – extremely well. “Canto 34″ is all rip and tear, with elevated riffs and melodic leads that creates the genuine factor that this band glistens with. If a heavy instrumental could talk, then “Canto 34″ is a testimonial to someone or something very important to Five Finger Death Punch.
“Falling In Hate” rages along with Metal glee, a sound reminder that no one should ever consider messing with this band in a remote alley. “Falling In Hate” flat out smokes, the hardcore vocals of Ivan Moody ignites the powerful mood here. The cover version of “Bad Company” receives a unique FFDP spin, it’s harder, faster and downright leaner and meaner than it’s iconic original. I’ll always revere the original Bad Company song, still, FFDP pronounces this classic in a way that cannot ever be ignored or denied. Far From Home is an up tempo and heavy ballad, it seems to fit into this album rather seamlessly… a short detour from the storm filled sound that FFDP is so well known to carry out.
“War Is The Answer”, the albums title song, borders on that fine line of Thrash meets Hardcore, both musically and lyrically. The profound ability for FFDP to shift gears, into various levels of heaviness, is what I most admire about them.”War Is The Answer” is THE song to listen to when you feel like someone has slighted your life in any way… it’s Metal psychotherapy for the ears! “No One Gets Left Behind” maintains the precision accuracy of speedy riffs and leads alongside a hell bent for Metal rhythm section that this entire album is seething with. The military oath of “no one gets left behind” has never been more heavier stated and explained than on this FFDP song… it’s an eye popping listen!
Closing out my Metal praise for War Is The Answer is “Dying Breed”. If FFDP was looking for that Metal body slam to close the door on this fantastic album… they succeeded. Ivan Moody’s diverse use of his vocal range coupled with layered vocal harmonies, lent an element of surprise upon my very first listen to what is a very heavy song. FFDP once again, uniformly as a band unites their talents, in creating an album that screams textured hardness, molten together with all the heavy goodness of what we Hard Rock and Heavy Metal fans love to savor.
- Dying Breed
- Hard To See
- No One Gets Left Behind
- Crossing Over
- Burn It Down
- Far From Home
- Falling In Hate
- My Own Hell
- Walk Away
- Canto 34
- Bad Company
- War Is The Answer
Five Finger Death Punch is:
Ivan Moody – vocals
Zoltan Bathory – rhythm guitar
Jason Hook – lead guitar
Matt Snell – bass guitar
Jeremy Spencer – drums
After conquering the charts with their new album, War Is the Answer, Five Finger Death Punch are looking to get into the food business.
On Wednesday, January 20th from Noon to 2pm ONLY, LA-based heavy metal burger truck Grill ‘Em All will be offering a new menu item: a burger specially designed by the band Five Finger Death Punch. The “Death Punch- Lunch” which contains Applewood smoked bacon, pepper jack cheese and beer-soaked onions will only be available this Wednesday in Los Angeles from noon- 2pm on Venice & Grand View in West LA, by Floyd’s Barber Shop.
Grill ‘Em All is offering the burger in celebration of Five Finger Death Punch’s upcoming headlining tour, which kicks off Thursday at the House of Blues Anaheim with special guests Shadows Fall, God Forbid and 2Cents. At most dates, the first 100 women to line up get in free. For a list of all tour dates, please visit www.5fdp.com or see below.
5FDP have sold over 500,000 albums worldwide, and their new album War Is the Answer debuted at # 7 on the Billboard 200. Their current single, “Walk Away” is rushing up the Active Rock and Alternative charts, and their winter US headlining tour is already primed to be another huge success.
Grill ‘Em All is a fresh new theme for the mobile restaurant food market specializing in gourmet hamburgers. Launched one month ago in Los Angeles, Grill ,Em All offers a startling array of gourmet burgers with themes directly influenced by Heavy Metal music and pop culture. Amazing food mixed with a sly nod to the music, movies and culture that is the rotten, beating heart of their world. Finally, La has a food truck for people who carry the rock and roll flag. The truck will be visible at the coolest parties, concerts and events serving great food, music and a lot of good times. Grill ‘Em All is lead by the team of Chef Ryan Harkins and Matthew Chernus. For more info, please visit grillemalltruck.com.
WHAT: Grill ‘Em All, mobile burger joint offers special Five Finger Death Punch-designed burger
WHEN: Wednesday, January 21 from NOON- 2PM ONLY
WHERE: Venice & Grandview in West LA
WHY: To kick off 5FDP’s US Headlining Winter Tour
Grill ‘Em All Catering Truck
Five Finger Death Punch Headlining Tour Dates- First 100 Ladies Get In FREE*
1/21 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
1/22 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
1/23 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
1/24 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
1/26 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
1/27 McAllen, TX @ McAllen Convention Center
1/29 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
1/30 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
1/31 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
2/2 Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
2/3 Greenville, SC @ Handle Bar **First 50 Ladies get in free ONLY
2/5 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
2/6 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
2/8 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
2/9 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
2/11 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
2/12 Flint, MI @ Machine Shop *
2/13 Dayton, OH McGuffys House of Rock *
2/14 St. Louis, MO @ Pops
2/16 Rapid City, SD @ Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
2/17 Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
2/19 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
2/20 Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
2/21 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
* “First 100 Ladies in Free” promotion NOT valid in these select markets
Ladies are subject to all venue age restrictions. Contact your local box office for details.
Five Finger Death Punch will be featured on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE with host Bob Coburn tonight, at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET. You are encourage to speak with the guys by calling 1-344-ROCK (7625).
For a station near you, or for information on the live broadcast, go to www.RocklineRadio.com
Five Finger Death Punch has posted a new song, “Hard to See” on their myspace page. If this new song gives any idea of what the up and coming 5FDP album is going to sound like, sign me up now!!
Check it out at this link.
The Six Metal Bands below, Trivium, Metallica, Death Angel, Testament, Five Finger Death Punch and Slipknot all released new videos in 2008. Vote for your favorite video, and help send your favorite band to the HRH Bowl next Saturday!!
Trivium – Down From the Sky
Metallica – All Nightmare Long
Testament – More Than Meets The Eye
Five Finger Death Punch – Never Enough
Slipknot – Psychosocial
Yesterday, I spent the afternoon at the Rockstar Energy drink Mayhem festival in Indianapolis, IN. I caught several bands live, and hope to have the photos and video up on the site soon. I have close to 4 GB of photo and video to go through, so I will put stuff up as time allows.
Some of the bands that I saw yesterday were Black Tide, Five Finger Death Punch, Airbourne, Dragonforce, Disturbed and Slipknot.
More on the way soon!
Do you live within driving distance of Dayton, Ohio? Even if you don’t you may want to get ready for a road trip in September.
Check out this year’s lineup for the XFest 13!
Avenged Sevenfold, Buckcherry, Puddle of Mudd, Shinedown, Candlebox, 10 Years, Saving Abel, Five Finger Death Punch, Red, Black Tide
Tickets are only $30.00.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, go to this link: XFest 13 Tickets
The video below is a guitar solo by Avenged Sevenfold’s Synyster Gates at the XFest in 2006.
The band Five Finger Death Punch, has been electrifying crowds while opening up for Disturbed, and will soon be joining Disturbed on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, along with Black Tide, Airbourne, Mastodon and more! Check the guys out on this week’s edition of Rockline, and hear some new music off of the band’s CD, The Way of The Fist. You can watch the video, for the the 5FDP song, The Bleeding below:
Disturbed brought their Indestructible tour to Cincinnati, Ohio’s Bogart’s, Wednesday night.
With three platinum and two number one albums under their belt, Disturbed proves to have quite a large fanbase in the Queen City, as this show was sold out.
Disturbed has brought along two supporting acts on this bill, Art of Dying and Five Finger Death Punch.
Canada’s Art of Dying took the stage at 7:30 P.M. Their set list included the songs, Get Through This, You Don’t Know Me, Completely, and a cool cover of Alice in Chains’, Them Bones. Singer Jonny Hetherington has a pretty good rock voice, and as a whole, the entire band was pretty solid. The large crowd at Bogart’s seemed to like the band pretty well, even though most people were hearing their music for the very first time. Disturbed’s Dan Donegan is a fan of AOD, and asked the band to join this tour. They aren’t as hard as Disturbed, or Five Finger Death Punch, but they did a pretty good job warming up the crowd. Those of you who didn’t get to pick up their CD at this show, can find it at SeeofSound.com.
Five Finger Death Punch took the stage next, and proceeded to turn up the intensity in this elbow to elbow crowd. Five Finger Death Punch has a sound that wavers in and out of thrash metal and hardcore. It is aggressive, high speed, chest thumping music with a killer groove. At first I wondered how Five Finger Death Punch got on this bill. After seeing them live, I realized that they were the perfect band to open up for Disturbed. I was extremely impressed with the musicianship in this band. Zoltan Bathory and Darrell Roberts are one of the better guitar tandems in heavy metal today. They really got the crown going with their short set. No only did singer Ivan Moody electrify the crowd with his performance, but he instigated the first mosh pit of the night. His abrasive vocals take some getting used to, but it seems to work with Five Finger Death Punches’s style of metal.
Some of the tunes played by FFDP were White Knuckles, Death Before Dishonor, The Bleeding, and a cool but heavy cover of the song, Bad Company.
After Five Finger Death Punch’s powerful set, the crowd was supercharged while waiting for Disturbed to take the stage.
Disturbed took the stage about 9:30 P.M. This is the first time that I have seen Disturbed live, so I was not sure what to expect. They immediately took advantage of the electrified crowd, and continued to push us even further. David Draiman proves to be a very charismatic frontman, and is better live than on Disturbed’s studio material. Dan Donegan surprised me with his guitar wizardry. He is one hell of a player. By the time Disturbed broke into their second song, the crowd was in complete mayhem. More crowd surfing, and a second mosh pit broke out, as Disturbed blasted through their groove laden metal.
The Disturbed set included their songs (not in order), Down With the Sickness, Stupify, Stricken, Land of Confusion, Voices, The Game, Deify, as well as their latest hit, a new song off of their new album, Indestructible, called Inside the Fire.
I have been to countless live shows, but I don’t recall any over the last few years where so many people were fired up and enjoying the music, as much as this concert. During Disturbed’s set it was virtually impossible to take any pictures, as there was a massive amount of crowd surfing, fist pumping, and whole bunch of jumping taking place. Disturbed was excellent live, and will be a band I will be seeing again in the future.
Be sure to pick up a copy of their new CD, Indestructible on June 3rd.
The following are the videos taken at the show. Enjoy!
Disturbed – Land of Confusion
Disturbed – Inside the Fire (New single on Indestructible)
Five Finger Death Punch is also a late addition to the Rock on the Range Music Festival. The band has a new CD that came out in July 2007, called Way of the Fist. Check out the video for the Bleeding below.
You decide, SINK or SWIM. If you say SWIM, we will review this disc at the Hard Rock Hideout. If you say SINK, we will pass on this disc, and move on to the next band.
You can also watch the video at this link.
THE FIRST ANNUAL ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
DATES AND ON-SALE INFORMATION
ON SALE NOW!!!!!
TOUR TO KICK OFF JULY 9 IN SEATTLE
Organizers of the first-ever Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival have
announced dates, venues and on-sale information for the highly anticipated all-star thunderfest.
Multi-platinum rock acts SLIPKNOT and DISTURBED will lead the much-buzzed-about ampshattering road show, which will feature hard music’s most influential bands and its new wave of heavy-hitting acts. The tour is set to kick off July 9 at the White River Amphitheatre in Seattle and will hit Live Nation Amphitheaters in 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada between July 9 and August 19, 2008.
Fans can purchase tickets beginning April 4 at 10AM local venue time via the Official Mayhem Fan Community at http://mayhemfest.tickets.musictoday.com. Pre-sale orders also allow
fans to hear tracks from Mayhem bands, receive early entry venue passes, purchase a discounted subscription to Revolver magazine and receive a Mayhem t-shirt. In addition, preorders enroll fans into a contest offering one grand prize winner an electric guitar and two meet & greet passes to get the six-string signed.
Fans that pre-register to be a part of the Mayhem Fan Community before April 4 can purchase tickets upon immediate availability. And by pre-registering, they’ll also be entered into a contest to win a merch pack featuring CDs from every band on the tour.
Tickets go on sale nationally beginning April 19. You can get more information at www.Mayhemfest.com or www.livenation.com.
In addition to Slipknot and Disturbed, the main stage features DRAGONFORCE and MASTODON, as well as a JÄGERMEISTER second stage with MACHINE HEAD, AIRBOURNE, FIVE FINGER
DEATH PUNCH, WALLS OF JERICHO and the JÄGERMEISTER Battle of The Bands Winner.
There will also be a HOT TOPIC STAGE featuring UNDEROATH, BLACK TIDE, SUICIDE SILENCE, THE RED CHORD and 36 CRAZYFISTS.
The World’s Greatest Freestyle Motocross team THE METAL MULISHA is also confirmed to perform on all dates.
MAYHEM is kicking the Recession’s ASS!
In an effort to keep more money in your pockets, Mayhem is keeping the ticket prices low, with tickets ranging from just $19.99 to a maximum $49.50 (plus tax and parking) — for 15 bands and 8 hours of music, madness and MAYHEM!
*Please note: top ticket prices are $49.50 + $6.50 for parking, plus sales tax or ticketing fee (ticketmaster or musictoday).
* Machine Head
* Five Finger Death Punch
* Walls of Jericho
* Jagermeister Battle of the Bands Winner
Hot Topic Stage
* Black Tide
* Suicide Silence
* The Red Chord
* 36 Crazyfists
Rockstar Energy Mayhem tour dates and locations
* 07/09 Auburn, WA at White River Amphitheatre
* 07/11 Marysville, CA at Sleep Train Amphitheatre
* 07/12 Mountain View, CA at Shoreline Amphitheatre
* 07/13 Devore, CA at Glen Helen Pavilion
* 07/15 Fresno, CA at Save Mart Center
* 07/16 Chula Vista, CA at Coors Amphitheatre
* 07/18 Phoenix, AZ at Cricket Wireless Pavilion
* 07/19 Albuquerque, NM at Journal Pavilion
* 07/20 Englewood, CO at Coors Amphitheatre at Fiddler’s Green
* 07/22 Bonner Springs, KS at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
* 07/23 Maryland Heights, MO at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis
* 07/25 Dallas, TX at SuperPages.com Center
* 07/26 Selma, TX at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
* 07/27 Houston, TX at Sam Houston Race Park
* 07/29 Tampa, FL at Ford Amphitheatre
* 07/30 West Palm Beach, FL at Cruzan Amphitheater
* 08/01 Virginia Beach, VA at Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
* 08/02 Burgettstown, PA at Post-Gazette Pavilion
* 08/03 Scranton, PA at Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
* 08/05 Mansfield, MA at Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
* 08/06 Uniondale, NY at Nassau Coliseum
* 08/08 Toronto, ON at Downsview Park
* 08/09 Clarkston, MI at DTE Energy Music Theatre
* 08/10 Tinley Park, IL at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
* 08/12 Atlanta, GA at Lakewood Amphitheatre
* 08/13 Noblesville, IN at Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis
* 08/15 Camden, NJ at Susquehanna Bank Center
* 08/16 Hartford, CT at New England Dodge Music Center
* 08/17 Bristow, VA at Nissan Pavilion
* 08/19 Darien Lake, NY at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sponsors for the 2008 ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL include Title Sponsor ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK and JAGERMEISTER, HOT TOPIC, X BOX, IBANEZ GUITARS, TAMA DRUMS, I LOVE VAGINA, METAL BLADE RECORDS, PETA, ROADRUNNER RECORDS, THE END TIMES, DiNGSTORE.com and THE IY. Media Partners include REVOLVER MAGAZINE, HOLLYWOOD
MUSIC, KNAC.COM and METAL INJECTION.
The Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival brings together the creative team that has founded many music tours including the highly successful Vans Warped Tour and the Worldwide Rockstar Taste of Chaos Tour. Kevin Lyman, John Reese and CAA’s Darryl Eaton have partnered again, this time with Live Nation, to bring fans the next great music festival juggernaut, which will be
MAYHEM! Following the proven model of utilizing sponsorship to deliver a lower ticket price and an enhanced concert experience the tour organizers have joined forces again with ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK as the Title sponsor.
Live Nation is promoting the festival nationally.
In addition to catching their favorite bands live, fans can take part in a number of festival activities, including playing the newest video games, perusing vendors, attending autograph signing sessions and a slew of other interactive activities that will add to the festival experience.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK will be sampling their products and providing great surprises for attendees and will also present the VIP/Contest winner area designated THE ROCKSTAR LOUNGE and the festival area PARTY LIKE A ROCKSTAR TENT where fans can sample ice cold Rockstar and get autographs from their favorite bands.
“This festival will be our marquee music presentation for years to come,” says Rockstar Energy Drink Marketing Director Mike Kelso. “We at Rockstar are excited to team up with our partners from Rockstar Taste of Chaos to launch an all-out summer tour that will blow you away!”
Fans can go to http://www.mayhemfest.com to keep up with additional details as they are released.
Five Finger Death Punch frontman discusses his side-project, Ghost Machine
Ghost Machine’s debut album, Hypersensitive, streamed online
Five Finger Death Punch frontman, Ivan Moody, recently spoke with Blistering.com, where he discussed his side-project Ghost Machine in-depth. Ghost Machine is the side-project of Moody, along with ex-Clay People guitarist, John Stevens, and former Motograter drummer, Chris “Crispy” Binns.
“The Ghost Machine album was actually written when I was going through spiritual depression, as that was written right after Motograter and just prior to Five Finger Death Punch,” says Moody. “That album was more of an experiment for me and there are certain artistic sides of me, like I love Depeche Mode, Love and Rockets and The Cure. I really wanted to dabble in that side of things where I didn’t have to scream as much and I could be a little more artsy. I love Ghost Machine and we’re looking at putting out another album next year that will be a double disc with all kinds of remixes and a DVD. I love that project and it’s probably one of the closest things to my soul.”
Ghost Machine recently released the band’s debut album Hypersensitive on Corporate Punishment Records. The album was engineered and co-produced by Pete Murray (Ultraspank, Lo-Pro) and draws from a wide range of influences that range from like NINE INCH NAILS, THE CURE, PINK FLOYD, ALICE IN CHAINS, TOOL and MINISTRY. Ghost Machine has managed to paint its own portrait of an electronic emotionally rich landscape while still capturing the edge and raw energy that is heavy rock. The group’s debut album can be streamed in its entirety at the following location: http://www.altsounds.com/altsounds/bands/5033/
“I love that album,” continues Moody about Ghost Machine. “The song ‘God Forbid’ is about the Motograter fans that were turning on me and “Vegas Moon” was about Steve Richards’ passing, because he was living in Vegas at the time and we were staying with him. ‘Burning Bridges’ was written about Motograter and how it was so hard for people to see the other side of the coin. There was a lot of stuff on that album that people will never see. These are experiences that I had to live through and I’m lucky enough to be able to put them on tape and share them with people. That to me is the biggest gift in the world.”
The full interview with Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody can be read at the following location http://www.blistering.com/fastpage/fpengine.php/link/1/templateid/13255/tempidx/5/menuid/3
Hypersensitive is available in stores everywhere!