Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

SOME BANDS have a cat­a­logue where the ex­plo­sive break­through comes after a cou­ple of al­bums that see its cre­ators warm­ing up for great­ness. These scrappy records serve as a re­minder of the jour­ney great bands have gone on to get where they are. Five Fin­ger Death Punch, how­ever, are one of those rare bands that seemed to emerge fully-formed and start scor­ing goals from the word go. Here, re­leased on bril­liantly-coloured vinyl (and, nat­u­rally, with a cam­ou­flage in­ner-sleeve), you get 5FDP’S first three al­bums reis­sued, where

you can hear just how hard the Ve­gas metal ti­tans raged from the get-go. 2007’s de­but, THE WAY OF THE FIST (KKKK) , an­nounced their ar­rival like a Chal­lenger tank plough­ing through the wall, and 2009’s WAR IS THE AN­SWER (KKKK) fol­low-up cock­ily stuck a flag in the ground to an­nounce that they were tak­ing over. Hard To See and Walk Away are bril­liant, huge, mus­cu­lar metal an­thems, while the cover of Bad Com­pany is a hi­lar­i­ous treat. Fi­nally, we get 2011’s AMER­I­CAN CAP­I­TAL­IST (KKKK) , which is a finely-tuned work of metal­lic pre­ci­sion and bull­dozer power. Ivan Moody’s cor­po­ra­tion-nam­ing raps on The Pride may raise a smirk, but the rag­ing Un­der And Over It is a pow­er­ful fist to the gob. If you’re any kind of knucklehead, you’ll have all these al­ready, but if you’re after the story of Five Fin­ger Death Punch’s first three strikes, this is a pack­age well worth get­ting bat­tered by.

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