Jus­tice served

Five Fin­ger Death Punch come back from the brink

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

It’s fair to say that it has been a tough year or two for Five Fin­ger Death Punch. Their 2015 al­bum, Got YourSix, hit the Top 10 in the UK and gave the band their fourth US Top Three al­bum in a row. Mean­while, they ab­so­lutely stole the show with a blis­ter­ing set at the 2017 Down­load Fes­ti­val, ce­ment­ing their place as al­most nailed-on fu­ture head­lin­ers for the show­piece metal event.

While the US metal ti­tans were as­cend­ing to gen­uine arena fillers in that time, they have never strayed too far from tur­moil. From on-off is­sues with front­man Ivan Moody to be­hind-the-scenes record la­bel wran­gles, it hasn’t been plain sail­ing.

But, ev­ery­thing has fi­nally fallen into place and the band is back not just with a new al­bum,

AndJus­ticeForNone, re­leased on 18 May, but they’re also fir­ing on all cylin­ders. That much is ev­i­dent from their blis­ter­ing cover of The Off­spring’s ‘Gone Away’.

“Ivan ac­tu­ally wanted to cover it as The Off­spring is one of his all-time favourite bands,” drum­mer Jeremy Spencer tells us of the some­what sur­pris­ing choice. “So, ob­vi­ously, we thought we’d do a dif­fer­ent take on it and try to make it some­thing that Death Punch would do. The way I ap­proached it drum­ming-wise was to do a half-time groove in­stead of the up­tempo style that was on the orig­i­nal.”

It was a case of cast­ing the net far and wide when it came to find­ing drum tones for the record.

“I used a mix­ture of our pro­ducer Kevin Churko’s drums at the stu­dio;DW , Tama, Gretsch,” Jeremy says. “They seemed to make up the best sound for what we’re go­ing for. We’ve tried many dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions, so it’s a blend of our favourite drums. I al­ways think we’re gonna try and change things, but end up com­ing back to the sound we’ve used on the past few al­bums. It’s some­thing that ev­ery­one re­ally likes and seems to be the right thing for the record­ings.”

The record also sees Jeremy chan­nel an ar­ray of drum­ming in­flu­ences. While the drum­mer’s own brand of metal is very much stamped all over the record, there’s also a hint of a true ses­sion great tucked away in there, too.

“‘Sham Pain’ has in­ter­est­ing sort of Jeff Por­caro-style groove in it,” he says of a new cut on AndJus­ticeForNone, “and it’s some­thing I’ve never done, so that’s the one that sticks out as my favourite [song on the record].”

And what about that tur­moil that we men­tioned? It seems like it’ll take way more than that to de­rail the Five Fin­ger Death Punch train. In fact, it ap­pears that it’s all just char­ac­ter build­ing.

Jeremy signs off by look­ing back at the last two years: “It’s been quite a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence deal­ing with law­suits and in­ter­nal ob­sta­cles, but we’ve got­ten through it and now we’re stronger than ever.”

“‘Sham Pain’ has an in­ter­est­ing sort of Jeff Por­caro-style groove in it,” says Jeremy of mix­ing it up on the new 5FDP al­bum

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